SANTA FE ― Tony Award Nominated actor and dancer John Selya will lead the dance department of the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) beginning Fall 2018.
Selya’s experience as a dancer and choreographer make him highly and uniquely qualified to lead this department. He was born in New York City and trained at the School of American Ballet. He joined the American Ballet Theatre in 1988, where he danced roles such as Birbanto and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote, and an Ugly Stepsister in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella. He choreographed several ballets for the company, including Moondance, Jack and Jill, Don’t Panic, Turnstile, and Disposition. In 2000, Selya joined Twyla Tharp Dance.
Selya appeared in the 2010 Broadway musical Come Fly Away in which Twyla Tharp choreographed songs sung by Frank Sinatra. He played the character Eddie in the show Movin’ Out for which he received the 2003 Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Male Dancer and Lead Actor in a musical and won the 2003 TDF/Astaire Award for Best Male Dancer in a Musical and the Theater World Award.
Founded in 2010, New Mexico School for the Arts, based in Santa Fe, is the only four-year, statewide, public high school serving young artists across New Mexico with a rigorous, award-winning dual-curriculum arts mastery training and academics program.