LYNNE TAYLOR-CORBETT (Book’s Author) was nominated for two Tony Awards and Drama Desk Award for her direction and choreography of Broadway’s Swing! Off-Broadway, she directed and choreographed Wanda’s World for which she won the Callaway Award and was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award. Her production of My Vaudeville Man garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination. Cougar the Musical, for which she was director and contributing writer, ran for almost two years and is licensed worldwide. Her adaptation of The Lion King is in its tenth year at Disney Hong Kong. Plays include KICK! (Off- Broadway) and In The Car With Blossom And Len (Queens Theatre). She also co-wrote and directed Out of the Shadows, a benefit for The National Women’s History Museum, starring Meryl Streep.
Ms. Taylor-Corbett’s film choreography can be seen in the classic Footloose, My Blue Heaven and Bewitched among others. She directed Real to Reel a film/live action event presented at the Edinburgh Festival and collaborated with special effects genius, Doug Trumbull, on a dance film commissioned by Sumitomo in Japan.
Ms. Taylor-Corbett has choreographed for numerous dance companies including American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and New York City Ballet, most notably Seven Deadly Sins starring Patti LuPone. Her work has been filmed for Live From Lincoln Center and Great Performances. In keeping with her diverse artistic life, she wrote and directed Hibari based on the great Japanese icon, Hibari Misora, in 2015 and directed Part of the Plan, a musical with score by American icon Dan Fogelberg, in Nashville in 2016.
Her greatest joy, however, has been writing Distant Thunder with Shaun Taylor-Corbett. Having grown up among tribes in Denver, Colorado, it has been a lifelong dream to tell the story of contemporary life on the reservation and to portray characters that really exist. Ms. Taylor-Corbett serves on the Council of Advisors for the Association on American Indian Affairs.