Lisa O’Dea

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Lisa O’Dea

Australian Associate Choreographer

Lisa has worked in theatre for the past three decades in various capacities, from professional choreographer, director, associate, resident, consultant, teacher and performer. She has enjoyed a strong involvement worldwide with We Will Rock You. Apart from staging the Australian tour and return seasons in both Japan and South Africa, she was Associate Choreographer on both the Australasian/Pacific tour and the Toronto production mounted by the Mirvish Group.

Lisa was Choreographic Supervisor on the Disney/Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins, and prior to this, she was Dance Supervisor on the ABC television series Dance Academy.  She was Resident Choreographer on the Australian production of Spamalot, and she held the joint responsibilities of both Resident Director and Choreographer on Mamma Mia!, and the Sam Mendes/Cameron Mackintosh production of Oliver!. Lisa was Artistic Director site-wide at Fox Studios Australia, after collaborating extensively on the creative development of the site. She was also assistant to the Resident Director/Choreographer on The Phantom of the Opera during its original record-breaking Australasian tour.

For the Sydney Theatre Company, Lisa choreographed The Lost Echo, an eight-hour epic based on Ovid’s Greco-Roman masterpiece Metamorphoses, directed by Barrie Kosky. Other highlights in her choreographic credits are Closer Than Ever, A Journey Through the World of Moliere, The Popular Mechanicals, Lights, Camera, Chaos!, The Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Conquest of Carmen Miranda and World Expo’s New Horizon.  Most recently, Lisa choreographed Legally Blonde (2015) and West Side Story (2014) as part of the Music Theatre program at WAAPA.

Before moving permanently into production Lisa performed extensively, and some of her professional credits include The Phantom of the Opera, The Hunting of the Snark, Seven Little Australians, Nine, Cats, La Cage Aux Folles playing the role of Anne, The Best of Reg (Livermore) and West Side Story.

Lisa has a degree in Psychology and is a recipient of the prestigious Marie Watson-Blake Medal of Achievement for the Arts, an award that acknowledges the leadership and motivational efforts of women.

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