Ralph Perkins

Stage Director/Dance

Originally from North Carolina, Ralph was a national dance semi-finalist for the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts. He obtained his BFA in dance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Residing and working in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ralph was choreographer for EFX starring Tommy Tune at the MGM Grand and Tournament of Kings at the Excalibur Hotel. He also worked with Siegfried and Roy at The Mirage, to name a few. Ralph founded The New Works Project Ltd., a contemporary dance company based in Las Vegas. He served as artistic director for NWP during its five years of active existence and created over forty contemporary dance works for the company. Ralph also worked to establish the dance program at the Las Vegas Academy for the Performing Arts. In 2002 Ralph relocated to West Hartford, CT and is now an associate professor and the Administrator of Theater Dance at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. Ralph is also adjunct faculty for the dance division, teaching the Martha Graham technique and has assisted on restaging several of her works on the students. Ralph has trained several Broadway and national tour performers, as well as dancers for professional companies. Known for his versatility as a choreographer and teacher, Ralph has choreographed professionally for several prominent regional theaters across the country. Among his credits are La Cage Aux Folles, Camelot and 1776 for Goodspeed musicals, South Pacific for The Asolo Repertory Theater and Papermill Playhouse. Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway,The Wizard of Oz, The King And I, South Pacific and Hello Dolly! (Nominated for best choreography St. Louis Critics Circle Awards) for The Muny in St. Louis. Ralph also choreographed Urinetown, the musical and Kiss Me Kate for the Repertory Theater of St. Louis in which he received Kevin Kline Award nominations for outstanding choreography as well as choreographed the award-winning Follies, that opened The Reps 50th anniversary season.