Choreographer & Director

Ginger Thatcher is currently Associate Choreographer/Assistant Director for the new musical,  MARIE!, Susan Stroman Dir., Choreographer. She has choreographed over 30 works for theatre, film, TV, concert dance and opera. A former Principal dancer with Cleveland Ballet, she joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Co. in 1990 performing nationally and Inter Nationally. She joined Lar as Assistant to the Choreographer for THE RED SHOES, on Broadway in 1993.

Other Broadway Credits: CAROUSEL, BIG, Matthew Bourne’s SWAN LAKE, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, and OKLAHOMA!

Choreography Credits:  (Theatre): OKLAHOMA! (National Tour), Ogunquit Playhouse, (nominated for Best Choreography.) St. Louis MUNY, Maury Yeston’s HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON, MSMT,  SWING! , (Director/ Choreographer,) Ogunquit Playhouse, MSMT,  THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, Two River Theatre Co. BIG, Gateway Playhouse, and productions with Amas Musical Theatre, Jean Cocteau Rep, NYC Shakespeare Project, Juilliard, Tex/Arts, Cleveland Playhouse, Glimmerglass Opera, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Cleveland Opera 

Other Choreography Credits:  (Concert Work/Classical/Contemporary): Verb Ballets, Oregon Ballet Theater, Louisville Ballet, Sarasota Ballet (Triple Circle Choreographer Award), Minnesota Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Ballet NY, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Eisenhower Dance Theatre.   She self-produced her own evening of work at Lincoln Center and was founding director of New Steps Choreography Project in Cleveland, OH, for which she received an Achievement in the Arts Nomination. . She also worked as Assoc., Asst., and Resident choreographer on PBS’s DANCE IN AMERICA: OTHELLO (ABT, San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Norwegian Nat’l Ballet); THE RED SHOES (ABT, National Ballet of Canada); A BRAHMS SYMPHONY (ABT); and Disney’s HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, Berlin, all with Lar Lubovitch.  And with Susan Stroman: TAKE FIVE, MORE OR LESS (Pacific Northwest Ballet), BUT NOT FOR ME (Martha Graham Dance Company), FOR THE LOVE OF DUKE (New York City Ballet) 

She is on the faculty at Ballet Academy East, Steps on Broadway, and The Rioult Dance Company.

Musical Theatre Credits as Dancer/Actress: OKLAHOMA!, THE RED SHOES (Broadway); Maury Yeston’s PHANTOM, PETER PAN, SHOWBOAT, WEST SIDE STORY, KISS ME KATE, EVITA, WOMAN OF THE YEAR; MY FAIR LADY.

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“Ginger Thatcher finds creativity, love , and inspiration in the movements of a factory and it’s workers in ‘Urban Study.’  The other works don’t even come close to as compelling as the other two women’s pieces, Thatcher’s ‘Urban Study,’ and DeAngelo’s ‘A Glimpse.'”
BRETT OPPEGAARD, THE COLUMBIAN

“An odd hypnotic beauty—crisp, smooth and cooly seductive”
BOB HICKS, THE OREGONIAN 

“Ginger Thatcher’s Urban Study,”  Hip music by Annie Gosfield make this a fun, rollicking street dance and an homage to the frenetic energy of humanity.”
LAURIE LAWSON, THEATER REVIEW

“An interesting combination of stillness and acceleration, humor and pathos.”
AITLIN SIMS, DANCE MAGAZINE

“Thatcher’s Saturday Night was clever and entertaining”
CLIVE BARNES, NEW YORK POST

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LIAISONS EPHEMERES

“With a lush, passionate, intricately designed motif that brought to mind the work of Jerome Robbins, Thatcher’s choreography was, in a word, dazzling.”
DOMINIC PAPATOLA, NEWS-TRIBUNE

SATURDAY NIGHT

“An interesting combination of stillness and acceleration, humor and pathos.”
CAITLIN SIMS, DANCE MAGAZINE

“Thatcher’s Saturday Night was clever and entertaining”
CLIVE BARNES, NEW YORK POST

BILLY THE KID

“Thatcher gives colorful impetus to the story through ebullient and rapturous choreography touched by classical choreography but not beholden to one movement language. The work abound in atmospheric detail, thanks to Marco Lip’s city photos, and Thatcher’s video design.”
DONALD RESENBERG, THE PLAIN DEALER

URBAN STUDY

“Ginger Thatcher finds creativity, love , and inspiration in the movements of a factory and it’s workers in ‘Urban Study.’  The other works don’t even come close to as compelling as the other two women’s pieces, Thatcher’s ‘Urban Study’ and DeAngelo’s ‘A Glimpse.'”
BRETT OPPEGAARD, THE COLUMBIAN

“Ginger Thatcher’s Urban Study,”  Hip music by Annie Gosfield make this a fun, rollicking street dance and an homage to the frenetic energy of humanity.”
LAURIE LAWSON,  THEATER REVIEW

“An odd hypnotic beauty—crisp, smooth and cooly seductive”
BOB HICKS, THE OREGONIAN

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON

“Yeston created music for two abbreviated ballets:  the Red Shoes and The Little Mermaid, both of which are brilliantly staged and choreographed by Ginger Thatcher”
CHRISTOPHER HYDE, PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

“‘Anderson’ worthy of Broadway. ‘The Little Mermaid’ ballet is a breathtaking standout, performed with an amazing stage illusion. Thatcher’s ‘The “Ugly Duckling’ scene is worth the price of admission.”
DAN MANOIS, MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM

SYNCOPATION

“A nostalgic, and lushly  romantic production.  This sweet and simple love story is so beautifully  rendered that you’ll  walk away thinking you just stepped out of a dream yourself... Ginger Thatcher choreographs the dancers from awkwardness to flamboyance without missing a step.”
JOANNE ROCHMAN, ARTS BEAT

SWING

” — this production is a world apart. Directed and choreographed by Ginger Thatcher, the dancing ought to carry a warning label, ‘Do Not Try This at Home.'”
CATHY NELSON PRICE, MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM

LAMENTATION VARIATION #3

“Ginger Thatcher’s ‘Lamentation Variation #3,’ set to music by Shawn Gough, was the most dramatically visual of the three variations.  Thatcher’s moving work also made use of long skirts for the women that cleverly mimicked the push and pull of Graham’s original fabric tube.”
STEVE SUCATO, CLEVELAND LIVE