Devanand Janki

Director & Choreographer

SSDC * AEA * AFTRA * AGVA

Who is Dev Janki?

Dev's Bio

Dev is an award winning Director/Choreographer. He currently resides in New York City but is originally from Edmonton, Canada.

He directed and choreographed the hit Off-Broadway musical Zanna, Don't! which premiered to critical acclaim in New York City at the John Houseman Theater. For this show he received the Lucille Lortel, Joseph A. Callaway and GLAAD media awards. The show received numerous other nominations and the original cast album is a best seller for PS Classics.

Other New York credits include: TheatreworksUSA's long running Junie B. Jones (Lortel Nomination) and recent Henry & Mudge (Lortel Nomination); the Off-Broadway musical Cupid & Psyche at the John Houseman Studio Theater, Judy Speaks, a one woman show about the life of Judy Garland for ARS Nova Theater.

Funny Girl featuring 16 Fanny Brices including Whoopi Goldberg, Bebe Neuwirth, and Jane Krakowski, the Grammy nominated Hair with Jennifer Hudson, and the 20th Anniversary Concert of Dreamgirls (Associate). Seth Rudetsky's Broadway 101 at The New World Stages. Most Recently, Annie: The Concert starring Andrea McArdle and Rosie O'donnell as Miss Hannigan on board the R Family Cruise.

Lincoln Center credits include: the operas Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti and the 100th anniversary production of Babes in Toyland by Victor Herbert both at Avery Fisher Hall, Anything Goes in concert (Choreographic Assistant) at the Vivien Beaumont Theatre. Also, he directed 2G's Concert of Excellence at the New York State Theatre.

Regional Theatre Credits include Man of la Mancha (Maltz Jupiter Theater), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Gateway Playhouse), The Full Monty (Foothills Theater), How can you Run with a Shell on your Back? (Chicago Shakespeare), a workshop of the new musical Lily (Huntington Theatre Co.), the World Premier of Andrew Lippa's Asphalt Beach for The American Musical Theatre Project and The Rocky Horror Show (Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY).

Dev has also recently directed and/or choreographed the world premiers of new acclaimed shows Bario Grrrl! and The Wings of Ikarus Jackson at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

In the Corporate world: Disney's One Man's Dream II The Magic Lives On in Tokyo, Japan; "Coca-Cola's Annual Shareholders Meeting" at Madison Square Garden, The Hue Awards for Benjamin Moore paints. For M.A.C. Cosmetics Barbie Loves M.A.C. starring Lypsinka, and staged a Dove Deodorant industrial at New York's Grand Central Station, featuring "The Most Beautiful Under Arms Pageant" hosted by Mr. Chuck Woolery. Also, Playzone 2005 in Tokyo featuring Japan's number one boy band: Shonentai.

He has directed numerous staged readings of new works including Lizan (National Arts Club), Call it Courage (York Theatre), Bye, Bye Big Guy (York Theatre), Snow (ASCAP) and Sex! The Musical! (AMAS). And workshops of Nate the Great and If You Give a Pig a Pancake for TheatreworksUSA.

He Served 9 years as a Choreographer and Artistic Associate for Broadway Bares benefiting BC/EFA. He conceived and directed the 25th anniversary original cast reunion of A Chorus Line at the Palace Theatre; the 35th Anniversary of Daytime TV's All My Children featuring Susan Lucci and the rest of the cast, Experience Lincoln Center at Rose Hall starring Megan Mullalay; and created the opening number for Nothing Like a Dame VI featuring Chita Rivera and 24 other Anitas.

He has also been very active in mounting innumerable other high profile charity events for various organizations including: BC/EFA, the Actors Fund of America , Phyllis Newman's Women's Health Initiative, Second Generation Productions and Lincoln Center Theater.

He has had the honor to direct and choreograph many notable performers including: Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, Alan Cummings, Harvey Fierstein, Ana Gastayer, La Chanze, Lauren Bacall, John Stamos, Peter Gallagher, Rickie Lake, Kristen Chenoweth, Lillias White, Audra McDonald, Heather Headley, Jenifer Hudson, Jay Rodriguez, Howard McGillan, Michael McKean, Nancy Opel, Idina Menzel, Whoopie Goldberg, Jane Krakowski, Boyd Gaines, Andrea Martin, Gary Beach, Karen Ziemba, Pattie Lupone, Lynn Redgrave the list goes on!

As a performer he has appeared on Broadway in Miss Saigon (Thuy), Cats (Mr. Mistofelees), The King and I (original cast 1997 - album), Side Show (original cast - album), and tours of A Chorus Line (Paul) and West Side Story (Chino).

He has also appeared Off-Broadway and regionally in The Promised Land, Baby, The Mother of Invention, The Wizard of Oz and Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes.

Film credits include The Guru, Scenes from a Mall and H.O.L.E. - The Disillusionment of Mike & Eva.

TV appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Today Show, and the HBO comedy series Hard Core TV.

He has also performed extensively throughout Canada with Edmonton Opera Company, Citadel Theater, Alberta Ballet Company, National Ballet of Canada and the Banff Festival of the Arts.

His work abroad includes being a guest artist with the Malmö Opera and Gothenburg Opera in Miss Saigon (Thuy).

Dev is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York.

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