Lainie Munro is a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She choreographed "Sweet Charity" for New Haarlem Arts Theater, which won her the 2012 AUDELCO award for Best Choreography. Her work on "Sweet Charity" earned her praise from critics and was described in the New York Times as "new, exhilarating choreography".
Other choreography credits include an episode of "Hope and Faith" starring Kelly Ripa, "Oklahoma!" starring Rue McClanahan for Broadway Series of Charlotte, "Das Barbecu" for Arvada Center of Denver, "Cabaret" for Music Theater of Connecticut, and "Crazy For You" and "Legally Blonde" for Florida State University Mainstage. She also directed "Great Day" for Library of Congress starring Norm Lewis, Christiane Noll, and Davis Gaines, and choreographed for designer Christian Louboutin and Piper Heidsieck champagne for Fashion's Night Out event in New York City.
As an actor Lainie was in the Cameron Mackintosh/ National Theater of Great Britain production of "My Fair Lady", touring 26 cities across the USA, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Regional roles include Velma in "Chicago", Phyllis in the European Tour of "42nd Street", Kristine in "A Chorus Line", Helene in "Sweet Charity", and roles in "Saturday Night Fever" and "Grease" for Royal Caribbean Productions. Most recently she played Nancy in "Nuclear Follies" at the Theater at St. Johns in NYC. She just returned from being a guest entertainer onboard the Seabourn Odyssey, where she performed her headliner show with guitarist Matt Wolfe, "Legends of Guitar". They will perform their show at Avenel Arts Center in Avenel, NJ on May 3, 2019 at 8pm. www.MattAndLainie.com
Lainie is also a frequent guest artist for master classes in musical theater both in the USA and internationally. She has been a guest artist at Alex Martinez School of the Arts in Asuncion, Paraguay; National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art in Christchurch, New Zealand; and McDonald College of Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia. She has taught Broadway Theater Dance for NYU/ CAP 21 Conservatory and is a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Alvin Ailey in New York City. She is the Artistic Director of the Broadway Big Brother/ Big Sister Program, a program she created in 2001 that pairs Broadway dancers with aspiring young performers, giving them an opportunity to work together through rehearsals and performances. She was selected as a finalist for Woman's Day magazine awards "Women That Inspire Us" for her work with the Broadway Big Brother/ Big Sister Program.
Originally from Jacksonville, FL, Lainie resides in New York City. She holds a B.F.A. in Music Theater from Florida State University. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and SDC, the union for Stage Directors and Choreographers.