David Ollington is an Associate Professor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Kansas State University and serves on the faculty of the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, he holds a BA in Theatre from K-State and an MFA in Dance from Texas Christian University. In 2004, David choreographed the world premiere of the Theatre for Young America version of Seussical at the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, a show he was honored to direct at the Coterie in 2011. He recently directed and choreographed The Fantasticks at the Great Plains Theatre in Abilene, Kansas. He has choreographed for the Seattle Children’s Theatre, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, The American Heartland Theatre, the Heartland Men's Chorus, the City in Motion Dance Company, the Disney Institute in Orlando, FL, and ARC Dance Productions of Seattle.
His work has been called "witty" by the Kansas City Pitch Weekly, "brilliantly choreographed" by the Kansas City Star, and Dance Magazine said, "Theatre dance doesn't get any better." He has performed at the Unicorn Theatre where he played Gregory in Love! Valour! Compassion; Starlight Theatre with Phyllis Diller, B.D. Wong, David Ogden Stiers, and David Birney; the New Theatre Restaurant where he also served as Dance Captain; for the Susan Warden Dancers; and with the Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music.
He received three commendations from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in recognition of his choreography for the K-State productions of Pippin (2005), Urinetown (2006), and The Music Man (2012). In 2003, The Kansas City Press Club presented him with two awards for his Theatre/Dance review column in EKC Magazine, Best Entertainment Writing and the President's Award for Outstanding Work.
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