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Marvin Tunney



Phone: 661.255.1050 x2533

Fax: 661.255.0462

Room: E311

Native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B.A. in English Literature at the University of Washington (Seattle), and MFA in dance at CalArts and is certified in the Pilates Techniques of Body Contrology. He's a former member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, was principal dancer in Donald McKayle's Ballet, Rainbow Round My Shoulder with the Los Angeles Inner City Repertory Dance Company and has toured nationally and internationally with Joyce Trisler Danscompany and the East/West Contemporary Dancers directed by Tina Yuan. He performed with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera in The King & I and the National Touring Company of Bob Fosse's Chicago. His film credits include Funny Lady, Best 'Lil Whorehouse In Texas, and Staying Alive. He was also a singer and dancer with Leslie Uggams Nightclub Act which toured Australia, England and the U.S.A. His choreographic experience extends from the concert stage, theatre productions, music videos, ice skating, gymnastics and aboard the Princess Cruise Line where he choreographed the elaborate production of Mystique. He choreographed Ain't MisBehaving for South Coast Repertory, I am a Man for The Fountain Theatre, Picnic for A Noise Within and The Black Cat Cabaret for the Edgemar Theatre. He received the Artistic director achievement award for best choreography in the American Renegade Theatre production The Darker Face of The Earth. He was a tree year recipient of a California Arts Council, Artist-In-Resident Program at Arroyo Seco Junior High School;. Santa Clarita Unified School district and later became a member of the California Arts Council Grant Dance Panel. His community outreach participation includes the CalArts Community Arts Partnership Program with Plaza de la Raza, the Artscool Program for alternative high schools in the Los Angeles area and the California Youth Summer Theatre Program. He was Co-Director of the Los Angeles Unified Gifted and Talented Youth Conservatory and is often a guest artist with L.A. base dance companies, JazzAntiqua, Project II, and the Newage Dancers. Currently he is choreographing for the male gospel group Selah LA for their summer debut performance at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, and on board with the Celebration Theatre production of Play It Cool.

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