MEET THE DIRECTOR
Jaune Buisson is celebrating her seventeenth year as the artistic director of Metropolitan Dance Theatre of New Orleans. Most recently, she won the 2014 Big Easy Award for “Best Actress in a Musical” for her work in A CHORUS LINE with Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University. She has staged critically acclaimed, sold-out productions of HAIRSPRAY, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, HELLO DOLLY! FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, CHICAGO, A CHORUS LINE, CURTAINS, and WHITE CHRISTMAS. Additionally, she was thrilled to choreograph THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE this summer at Tulane Summer Lyric.
She is a recipient of three Big Easy Entertainment Awards, New Orleans’ premiere event honoring the musical and theatrical talent of a city renowned for its outstanding performing arts. Buisson has also been recognized for her work with The Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Le Petit Theatre, Six Flags
New Orleans, Southern Repertory Theatre and Rivertown Repertory Theatre with two Ambi Awards and a Marquee Award for Best Choreography. Ms. Buisson has had the honor to serve as dance clinician teaching alongside famed choreographer Dee Dee Wood and Tony Award winner Chita Rivera.
Coming from a family of dancers, Jauné grew up dancing in her mother’s dance studio and began her teaching there. She went on to achieve top awards in competition being named the American Dance Team School solo winner and the Overture to the Cultural Season dance scholarship. Jauné has studied dance in New York at Broadway Dance Center, The Ailey School and Steps on Broadway. She served as the resident choreographer for Le Petit’s Corner Theatre staging SNOOPY, BYE BYE BIRDIE, FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME, HONK, CINDERELLA, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK! and YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. For MDTNO, she has directed three original dance concerts for the summer dance intensive, PLAY ME A MEMORY, REVOLUTION and UNWRITTEN.
Additionally, she has taught throughout the U.S. as a dance instructor and adjunctor for Dance Teachers United, Dance Masters of America, Summer Lyric Theatre High School Intensive and the National Dance Association. Her work has been seen at the National World War II Museum, Mount Carmel Academy, Jesuit High School, Archbishop Rummel High School, Holy Cross, Southeastern Louisiana University and the Academy of Sacred Heart. She is looking forward to choreographing this summer at Tulane.