” [Huge Kudos] for choreographer Avital Asuleen, who managed to create moves authentic to the time period while original too.”
“Miss Shields (the dynamic Avital Asuleen), as a chanteuse in red satin, belting ‘You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out.’ She’s accompanied by a chorus of kids in tuxedos and sequined chemises, like the cast of ‘Anything Goes.’ Their jazzy joy is infectious”
— Judith Newmark, St. Louis Today
Avital Asuleen is a director, choreographer, and performer who loves to tell timeless stories through music and dance.
Avital was honored to serve as associate choreographer to Lorin Latarro on Prospect Theater Company’s production of “Jasper in Deadland”. She was the associate director of Theatreworks USA’s tour “Teacher From The Black Lagoon”, and assistant director/choreographer of “Nymph Errant”, also with Prospect. Avital had the privilege of observing choreographer Randy Skinner on the Encores! City Center production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”.
Avital choreographed the regional premiere of “The Queen Bees” at Queens Theatre in the Park, and also choreographed the world premiere of “The Rat Pack Undead”, and a revival of “Rags” at The Connelly Theatre. Alongside composer Alden Terry, she created “Ephemera” , an evening of site specific piece of dance theatre with a completely original score. Her concert dance choreography has been seen at Steps on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam, Green Space Studios, and will be seen in the 2016 Choreography Canvas.
Avital created and currently curates The Choreography Lab, now in its third season at The New York Theatre Barn. The lab aims to give narrative based choreographers the opportunity to explore new aspects of their work, and a chance to collaborate with theatre writers. In 2015, the lab was featured as part of The Theatre Barn’s event “A Choreography Conversation” at Symphony Space, which featured such notable creators as Camille A Brown, Josh Prince, and Marcia Milgrim Dodge.
Avital currently lives in Brooklyn, but has performed throughout the country, most notably as “Ms, Shields” on the national tour of “A Christmas Story”. Select regional credits include productions of “Backwards in High Heels”, “White Christmas” (Westchester Broadway Theatre), “42nd Street”, “Cabaret”, “The Drowsy Chaperone” (Surflight Theatre), and “No No Nanette” (Reagle Music Theatre). She holds a MA in History and BAs in Theatre and History from Brandeis University, spent several years on the faculty of Watertown Children’s Theatre, and currently serves on the faculty of Peridance Studios, and Brooklyn Center Stage.