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Keenon Hooks, an LA native, began dancing in high school when his mentor Jennifer Infante had him step into his first tap shoe for the musical Crazy for You. From there he found his passion, and his dance career took off. He began training at venues such as Peninsula School of Performing Arts, South Bay Conservatory, Millennium Dance Complex, and El Camino College. While majoring in dance at El Co, he performed in several of their dance productions with the resident company Oui Geometor Dance Company as a principal/featured dancer, and even served as choreographer for a show. With his former management company 5th Amendment Entertainment, he danced for many showcases, back up for new upcoming artists, and for several choreographers in Carnival: Choreographer's Ball during its time at the Hollywood Key Club.
After missing the world of theatre, he sought an artistic home to enhance his skills musical theatre, which led him to attend Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (class of 2009) in Santa Maria, Ca. While attending, he performed in sevaral productions for their regional theatre company PCPA Theaterfest. Once finished with school, he went on to work as and Actor/Director/Choreographer with companies such as Cabrillo Music Theatre , San Diego Musical Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Musical Theatre West, NoHo Arts Center, Norris Theatre/Palos Verdes Performing Arts, Performance Riverside, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, SLO Repertory Theatre, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, Lewis Family Playhouse's Broadway at the Gardens, Chance Theatre, Tustin Area Council of the Fine Arts Broadway in the Park, Torrance Theatre Company, and the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.
He is currently based in Los Angeles, represented for Equity Theatre by Steven Dry at Connor Ankrum & Associates Inc. , a proud associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society as well as the Equity Membership Candidate program, and has taught/teaches at venues such as Beach Cities Dance, Peninsula School of Performing Arts, Norris Center for the Performing Arts, On The Edge Dance, South Bay Conservatory, and Narbonne High School. His specialties in teaching are Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Jazz Funk.
As Conservatory Director and Co-Founder of Studio C Performing Arts, he is also working hard to educate the next generation of triple threats! For more information, visit
Presented by Oregon Cabaret Theatre
July 6 - September 3
Director: Roger DeLaurier
Choreographer: Keenon Hooks
Music Director: Michael Wilkins
Keenon is beyond ecstatic to work with Oregon Cabaret Theatre on The Drowsy Chaperone as Choreographer! Running July 6th - September 3rd, The Drowsy Chaperone is a hilarious musical which received 5 Tony Awards when it premiered in 2006, including Best Book and Best Original Score. A deliciously meta look at the cliches and contrivances of early musicals, join us as a drily witty theatre-super-fan leads us on a literal tour of his favorite (fictitious) musical come to life, featuring lovers, bumblers, theatre producers, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, and of course a tipsy chaperone! For more information, visit http://theoregoncabaret.com
Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory
August 11 - 13
Director: Keenon Hooks
Choreographer: Amanda Meade-Tatum
Music Director: Abby Carlson
Keenon is excited to return to PVPA, this time in the Directors Chair with Seussical Jr. A fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Seussical transports audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dancers. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant! Seussical will run August 11 - 13 at the Norris Theatre in Palos Verdes. For more information, visit http://palosverdesperformingarts.com
Presented by SLO Repertory Theatre
August 25 - September 17
Director/Choreographer: Michael Jenkinson
Music Director: Mark Robertshaw
Keenon is excitied to make his debut with the newly branded SLO Repertory Theatre in their inaugural production of The All Night Strut! He will be reprising his role he recently created with Oregon Cabaret Theatre and will also serve as the dance captain. Director/Choreographer Michael Jenkinson re-stages this fabulous show after the critically acclaimed Oregon run. Running August 25th - September 17th, The All Night Strut is a two-act musical celebration of the 1930's and 40's filled with songwriters such as Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Duke Ellington, Jonny Mercer, Cab Calloway, and the Gershwins. The tory moves through time and place to highlight a slick slice of yesteryear and capture a beloved American era. For more information, visit http://slorep.org
Presented by Musical Theatre West
December 1 - 10
Director: Todd Neilson
Choreographer: Keenon Hooks
Music Director: Dennis Castellano
Keenon is honored to make his debut with Musical Theatre West as choreographer for Irving Berlin's White Christmas! Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and book by David Ives and Paul Blake. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which ijust happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. the dazzling score features well known standards including "Blue Skies, I Love a Piano, How Deep is the Ocean, and the perennial favorite White Christmas." Nostalgic and charming, White Christmas will run December 1 - 10 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. For more information, visit http://musical.org