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AMDA Faculty since: 2020
Celeste Lanuza is a choreographer, dancer, composer, actress, and singer who is passionate about holding creative and educational space with others. She has been a lead actress as Tiger Lily in Peter Pan and Anita in West Side Story noted in Broadway World, as well as with the San Diego Opera and Arizona Opera in the role of Duende in Maria de Buenos Aires. Ms. Lanuza then became Assistant Director/Choreographer for Fort Worth Opera at the Bass Hall receiving Best Production and Directed for Off-Off Broadway.
Ms. Lanuza has been noted in Dance Teacher Magazine restaging work by Donald McKayle and has assisted restaging José Limón repertoire.
Her work has been presented at Gelsey Kirkland Theater, Capezio Theater, Symphony Hall as a part of Broadway Dance Center's Puerto Rico Benefit, Guthrie Theater, Laguna Dance Festival, and Lula Washington Dance Theater.
Favorite performance credits include PBS Film Fuego, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Radio City Music Hall, Guthrie Theater, Old Globe Theater, and La Jolla Playhouse. International touring includes China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, and the US.
Ms. Lanuza is in a Low Residency PhD program at Texas Woman's University under scholarship, a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, and is excited to be a part of the AMDA family!
M.F.A., Choreography, UC Irvine
B.F.A., Dance and Musical Theater Performance, University of the Arts