Kenny Ortega

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Kenny Ortega

Ortega at This Is It launch in HMV London, February 22, 2010
Born Kenneth John Ortega
April 18, 1950 (1950-04-18) (age 64)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Occupation Television and film director, producer, choreographer
Years active 1980–present
Website
Official site

Kenneth John "Kenny" Ortega (born April 18, 1950) is an American producer, director, and choreographer. He was the director of all the High School Musical movies.

Filmography and concerts[change | change source]

Film
Year Movie Notes Rotten Tomatoes rating Budget Gross
1980 Xanadu Choreographer 39% $20 million $22,762,571
1985 St. Elmo's Fire Choreographer 47% N/A $37,803,672
1986 Pretty in Pink Choreographer 81% N/A $40,471,663
Ferris Bueller's Day Off Choreographer 84% $6 million $70,136,369
1987 Dirty Dancing Choreographer 68% $6 million $213,954,274
1988 Salsa Choreographer N/A N/A $8,892,589
1989 Shag Choreographer 64% N/A $6,957,975
1992 Newsies Choreographer, Director 30% $15 million $2,819,485
1993 Hocus Pocus Director 32% $28 million $39,514,713
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Choreographer 42% N/A $47,774,193
1998 Quest for Camelot Choreographer 36% $40 million $22,510,798
2006 High School Musical Choreographer, Director 56% $4.4 million N/A
2006 The Cheetah Girls 2 Choreographer, Director N/A N/A N/A
2007 High School Musical 2 Choreographer, Director 57% $7 million N/A
2008 High School Musical 3: Senior Year Choreographer, Director 65% $11 million $252,909,177
2008 Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Choreographer 71% $7 million $70,642,036
2009 Michael Jackson's This Is It Choreographer, Director 81% $60 million $261,183,588
2011 In the Heights Director N/A N/A N/A
2013 Dirty Dancing remake (pre-production) Director N/A N/A N/A
Television
Year Title Notes
1988 Dirty Dancing Director, 2 episodes
1990 Hull High Choreographer, director, 2 episodes
1996 Second Noah Director, 1 episode
1998–1999 Chicago Hope Director, 2 episodes
2000 Resurrection Blvd. Director, 1 episode
2001 Grounded for Life Director, 1 episode
2001 Ally McBeal Director, 3 episodes
2002–2006 Gilmore Girls Director, 11 episodes
2011 Phineas and Ferb Guest star, 1 episode
2012 Bunheads Director, 1 episode
Concerts
Year Title Notes
1989–1990 Cher's Heart of Stone Tour Director
1992–1993 Michael Jackson's Dangerous World Tour Director
1996–1997 Michael Jackson's HIStory World Tour" Director
2003-2004 Gloria Estefan's Live & Unwrapped Show Director and Choreographer
2006-2007 High School Musical: The Concert" Director
2007–2008 Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Tour" Director, Choreographer
2009-2010 Michael Jackson's This Is It Tour Director

Awards[change | change source]

Year Award Category
2008 ALMA Award Special Achievement Award – Outstanding Director[1][2]
2009 National Association of Latino Independent Producers Outstanding Achievement Award[3]
30th Young Artist Awards[4] Jackie Coogan Award - Contribution to Youth

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