Denise Faye

Denise Faye
Born Denise Faye
New York City, New York
Alma mater Barnard College, Columbia University
Occupation Actress, dancer, choreographer
Years active 1989–present

Denise Faye is a director/choreographer/actress. She is the recipient of an American Choreography Award, as well as a Screen Actor's Guild Award for the Academy Award winning film, Chicago. Denise won the Dance Track Magazine "Artist Award" for best choreography in a feature film for her work in the film, Burlesque. Additionally, she received nominations including the Fred and Adele Astaire Award and The World Dance Awards for her choreography in Burlesque.

In 2014, Denise co-directed and choreographed much of current Cher Dressed to Kill] tour.[1] Most recently Denise directed the concert DVD of Martha Davis Martha Davis & the Motels "Live at the Whisky a Go Go's 50th Anniversary" which will be released in the summer of 2015. Next she will be directing a music video for Martha Davis and the Motels from their upcoming album.

Denise directed the staged reading of the musical, The Magic Horn, written by Charlie Midnight, James Marr and Wendy Piggot at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and is currently being developed for the Broadway stage.

Choreography includes working with Hugh Jackman on a multimillion-dollar live extravaganza for Steve Wynn, Jennifer Aniston's strip-tease in We're the Millers, as well as, re-staging/choreographing Catherine Zeta-Jones in All That Jazz for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

Among her many Broadway credits are: Chicago, Guys and Dolls and Jerome Robbins Broadway. Plays include works at the Public Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival and Second Stage Theater.

Her choreography can be seen in such films as: My Week with Marilyn, We're the Millers, Burlesque, and working alongside her mentor, Rob Marshall, in the Academy Award winning Chicago, and Nine among others. In television, she has choreographed/directed segments on shows such as: The American Music Awards, Dancing with the Stars, and The X Factor UK. Additionally, she has choreographed many television commercials including GoDaddy for the 2012 Super Bowl and Dasani Water for the 2012 Olympics.

Prior to this, Denise trained at the The School of American Ballet danced with the New York City Ballet and then attended Barnard College with a double major in Urban Studies and Psychology.



Title Year Role Notes
The Equalizer 1988 Hooker Episode: "Target of Choice"
Melissa 1995 Colleen
Mighty Aphrodite 1995 Greek Chorus
Milk & Money 1996 Kimberly
Donnie Brasco 1997 Mob Girlfriend
The Next Step 1997 Heidi
Destination Anywhere: The Film 1997 Stripper Direct-to-video
Witness to the Mob 1998 Dawn De Bat television film
Martial Law 1999 Daphne Pierce Episode: "Breakout"
Game Day 1999 Cassandra
American Pie 2 2001 Danielle
Chicago 2002 Annie American Choreography Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
The Drew Carey Show 2003 Susie Episode: "Turkeyspotting"
George Lopez 2003 Nicole Episode: "The Cuban Missus Crisis"
Nine 2009 Female Dancer
Burlesque 2010 Preacher

Stage credits

Title Year Role Production Notes
Song and Dance 1985 Various roles Royale Theater 1985–86
The Winter's Tale 1989 Ensemble Joseph Papp Public Theater
The Winter's Tale 1989 Ensemble Anspacher Theater
Jerome Robbins' Broadway 1989 Various roles Imperial Theater 1989–90
Guys and Dolls 1992 Mimi / Doll Martin Beck Theater 1992–95
The Goodbye Girl 1993 Cast of Richard III Marquis Theater
Chronicle of a Death Foretold 1995 Maria Plymouth Theater
Swinging on a Star 1995 Various roles Music Box Theater 1995–96
Chicago 1996 Liz Richard Rodgers Theater 1996–1997
Chicago 1997 Liz Shubert Theatre 1997–2003
A Madhouse in Goa 1997 Aliki Second Stage Theater
Filumena 1996 Diana
Chicago 1997 Liz Shubert Theatre 1997–2003

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Nominated Work Result
American Choreography Awards 2002 Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film Chicago Won
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2002 Best Cast Chicago Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards 2002 Best Cast Chicago Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Chicago Won
World Dance Award 2011 Outstanding Choreography Feature Film Nominated
The Fred and Adele Astaire Awards 2011 Best Choreography in a Feature Film Nominated
Dance Track Magazine -Artist Award 2011 Best Choreographer Film Won


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