JENNY FITZPATRICK | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Jenny Fitzpatrick grew up in Scottsville, Kentucky, and at the age of 4 began training in ballet, tap, and jazz with Kathy Wise-Leonard at Dance Images of Bowling Green, KY. She received her B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Kentucky in 2006, where she was seen in 7 mainstage productions. While attending college Jenny was cast in several productions around the city including Paragon Music Theatre’s production of State Fair (Jeanie) and as a dancer in Damn Yankees, and also in Lexington Shakespeare’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac (Roxanne) and Much Ado about Nothing (Beatrice).
She then went on to team up with the Broadway Bound program in its 1st year to choreograph and teach musical theatre/dance. In 2007 Jenny moved to LA in California where she worked as a professional for MTV and Dragonfly Productions in live performances with Pink and Dance It off Ballroom: Dance off the Inches. She was the tap and hip hop instructor for the Burbank School of Ballet and directed and choreographed High School Musical for the National Enrichment Teacher’s Association, Inc.
After returning to Kentucky, Jenny has continued to teach and choreograph in Lexington and surrounding areas. While residing as the Education Director and Associate Producer for Woodford Theatre of Versailles, Jenny acted as producer, director, costume designer, and choreographer for several shows. Footloose (choreographer), Oklahoma! (choreographer), Once on this Island, Jr.
(Director/Choreographer), Once Upon a Mattress (producer/choreographer), Into the Woods (choreographer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (choreographer), 1776 (producer/choreographer), and Scrooge: The Musical (producer/choreographer). Jenny has also been very active in the Kentucky Conservatory Theatre’s summer and winter programming. Including, Rocky Horror Picture Show (choreographer/ensemble), Legally Blonde: The Musical (director/choreographer), A Chorus Line (choreographer/Cassie), Little Shop of Horrors (director/choreographer), Cabaret (choreographer/Sally Bowles), Jesus Christ Superstar (choreographer). Jenny has recently taken the opportunity to choreograph at the Lexington Children’s Theatre for their touring show of Duck for President last spring, and this fall’s production of Fancy Nancy.
In 2013, Jenny launched Blackbird Dance Theatre with her original production of The Great Gray. Since then, she has become the Artistic Director of her own studio and company. Blackbird houses a Jr. Company made up of students ranging in ages 4-18 and a Sr. Company of adult dancers, all who study in ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and acting principals. Since its inception, Blackbird has produced 10 original dance theatre productions, The Great Gray (choreographer, principle dancer, costume designer), The Broken Queen (director, choreographer, principle dancer, costume designer), Neon Jungle (director, choreographer), Ugly v. 1 and v. 2 (director, choreographer, playwright), Romeo and Juliet (director, choreographer, costume designer, Tybalt), Cyrcus (director, choreographer, playwright, costume designer) Titus Andronicus (director, choreographer, costume designer, Tamora March 2016/Titus August 2016), Metamorphoses: Jr. Company (director, choreographer, playwright), and Metamorphoses Sr. Company (director, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Icarus/Arachne).