Behind the Scenes: Interview with “Violet” Director Jeff Calhoun

Tony-nominated director and choreographer Jeff Calhoun is back in Washington this month to direct the musical Violet. Jeff sat down with us to talk about the musical’s rousing score and its story of a young woman’s 1960s pilgrimage to heal a facial scar. Hear what Jeff has to say about the importance of celebrating our individuality and making brave choices, and what presenting Violet at Ford’s Theatre means to him.

Jeff Calhoun is a Ford’s Theatre Associate Artist whose productions include The Civil War, Shenandoah, Big River and the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala (2009-2012). Some of his many Broadway credits include the Tony-winning Newsies, Jekyll and Hyde (2013 Revival), Bonnie and Clyde, Grey Gardens, Brooklyn The Musical, Deaf West’s Big River, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease and Tommy Tune Tonight! Additional credits include Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life for Arena Stage, Deaf West’s Pippin at the Mark Taper Forum, domestic and international productions of Disney’s High School Musical: On Stage and the first original ASL musical, Sleeping Beauty Wakes.

For additional information about the Ford’s production of Violet, visit http://www.fords.org/event/violet.

Lauren Beyea is Associate Director of Communications at Ford’s Theatre, where she oversees media relations and is editor of the Ford’s Theatre Blog. Follow her on Twitter @LaurenBeyea.