The Jeff Calhoun Performing Arts Scholarship was established to provide a Pine-Richland senior student/students the opportunity to further their pursuit of a career in theater arts.
Jeff Calhoun is a graduate of Richland High School. While at Richland, he played football, served as the Richland High School Band drum major and was involved in numerous theatrical productions as a performer, director and choreographer.
He studied dance with Mario Melodia and at the Fairgrieve School of Dance. While still in high school, Jeff danced in the ensemble at the The Kenley Players in Ohio. There he worked along side entertainment luminaries like Ann Miller, Bobby Van and Tommy Tune.
It was Jeff’s introduction to Mr. Tune at the Kenley Players that resulted in Jeff working with Mr. Tune for nearly two decades. Jeff directed and choreographed the 1994 Broadway revival of Grease! (Tony nomination, Best Choreography) and co-choreographed the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award, Best Revival).
His Broadway directing debut was Tommy Tune Tonight, and his collaboration with Mr. Tune led to the 1991 Tony for Best Choreography for The Will Rogers Follies. He directed and choreographed the award-winning Deaf West production of Big River (Tony and Drama Desk nominations, Best Revival; Drama Desk nomination for Best Director of a Musical: Ovation and L.A. Drama Critics Circle awards for Direction and Choreography).
He was a producer as well as director/choreographer for the Broadway production of Brooklyn the Musical. He is the director of both domestic and international productions of Disney’s High School Musical: On Stage, as well as Disney’s High School Musical 2: On Stage . Recently, Jeff directed and choreographed the CTG & Deaf West Theater production of Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum.
He developed a new musical entitled Bonnie & Clyde with Frank Wildhorn, Don Black and Ivan Menchell. Jeff is an Associate Artist at Ford’s Theatre, where he directed The Civil War as part of the Ford's Theatre Reopening Season.
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Jeff was inducted in the Pine-Richland Hall of Fame in 2008.