DJ Salisbury


Be a good craftsman; it won’t stop you being a genius.
— Renoir

My work focuses on weaving the various components of theatre together in service to telling stories that
engage, enlighten, and entertain.

SHE LOVES ME 2018 Intermountain Opera
DROOD! 2018 Riverside Theatre
30 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS 2017 MISI Producciones, Bogata, Colombia
GUYS AND DOLLS 2017 Maine State Music Theatre
BETWEEN THE LINES (assoc. dir. to Jeff Calhoun; assoc. choreo. to Lorin Latarro) Premiere 2017 KC Rep
ALL SHOOK UP 2017 New London Barn Playhouse
ANNIE 2017 MISI Producciones (Bogata, Colombia; choreographer, co-director)
CHILDREN OF EDEN 2017 Weathervane Playhouse
THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES 2017 Pioneer Theatre Company
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE 2016 Finger Lakes Theatre Festival
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET 2016 Actors Theatre of Indiana
MOONSHINE AND MISTLETOE 2016 reading at York Theatre

DROOD! 2016 Theatre Raleigh
—first production of the 11 actor revision starring Lauren Kennedy and Sally Mayes
TGIFRIDAY’S Convention NYC, (chor.) 2015 ADM Productions
SWINGING ON A STAR 2015 Riverside Theatre
POODLEFUL (co-writer, Dir-Chor) 2015 Riverside Theatricals
LIFE OF BRILEY (NYC reading, Dir) 2015 Allan Neuwirth & Jody Gray
BUDDY:THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 2015 North Carolina Theatre
XANADU 2015 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
CHOICE HOTELS Las Vegas (Chor.) 2015 ADM Productions
LES MISERABLES 2015 Musical Theatre West
—starring Davis Gaines and Michael Hunsaker
SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM 2015 Riverside Theatre, FL
WEST SIDE STORY (Dir., Robbins choreo. set by A. Sanchez) 2015 Riverside Theatre, FL
—First show in theatre’s history to sell over $1M in tickets
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING 2014 University of Buffalo
LES MISERABLES 2014 Orlando Shakespeare Theatre
—starring Davis Gaines and Michael Hunsaker
PETER PAN 2014 Smithtown P.A.C.
GREASE! 2014 Ogunquit Playhouse
—starring Mo Gaffney
CLOSER THAN EVER 2014 Riverside Theatre, FL
I LOVE A PIANO 2013 Riverside Theatre, FL
BUDDY:THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 2013 Portsmouth Music Hall
BUDDY:THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 2013 Ogunquit Playhouse
BUDDY:THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 2013 Gateway Playhouse
OLIVER! 2013 Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
WHITE CHRISTMAS 2012 Rhinebeck Center for the P.A.
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN‘ 2012 Riverside Theatre, FL
MY WAY 2012 Smithtown P. A. C.
BUDDY:THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 2012 Ogunquit Playhouse
—Box office record breaker
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS… 2012 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND 2012 Riverside Theatre, FL
CHIX 6 2011 Queens Theater
— developmental production
42ND STREET Director 2011 Tri-Arts Sharon Playhouse
A SURFLIGHT CHRISTMAS 2010 Surflight Theatre
MAN OF LA MANCHA 2010 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
CHIX 6 AEA workshop 2010 Marjorie S. Deane Theater, NYC
THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES 2010 Gretna Playhouse
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 2010 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
AMERICAN SONGBOOK: Alan Menken 2009 Jazz@LincolnCenter
CHIX 6 staged reading 2009 Zipper Theater
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD 2009 LeftField & Rupert Holmes
—New revision reading with Sally Struthers and Brian d’Arcy James
A CENTURY OF CHRISTMAS co-writer 2008 Gateway Playhouse
THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES* 2008 West Virginia Public
7 BRIDES FOR 7 BROTHERS 2008 Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
PETE N KEELY 2008 Alpine Theatre Project
—starring David Naughton & Liz Ward Land
THE FULL MONTY 2007 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
A KISS FROM ALEXANDER showcase 2007 GayFest NYC
THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE… 2007 Fire Island Pines Arts Project
 benefit production
THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES 2007 Dallas Summer Musicals/ KC Starlight/ TOTS- Atlanta
—starring Larry Gatlin
NUNSENSE* 2007 Sacramento Music Circus
—starring Alyson Reed and Michelle Ragusa
RAGTIME 2007 Western Kentucky Univ.
THE ONE SHOW International Awards 2007 Jazz@LincolnCenter
BABY 2006 Bristol Riverside Theatre
I LOVE A PIANO 2006 Arundel Barn Playhouse

THE MAGIC OF HOLLYWOOD Writer/D-C 2006 Overland Productions, NYC
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES 2006 Gateway Playhouse
A CENTURY OF CHRISTMAS co-writer 2005 Gateway Playhouse
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 2005 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
EVITA 2005 Gateway Playhouse
—starring Lisa Brescia
42ND STREET Director 2005 Gateway Playhouse
CATS new conception & choreography 2004 Gateway Playhouse
A CENTURY OF CHRISTMAS co-writer 2003 Gateway Playhouse
THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES* 2003 Sacramento Music Circus
—new choreographic concept
HONKY TONK ANGELS 2003 Riverside Theatre, FL
INTO THE WOODS 2003 Rollins College
SWINGTIME CANTEEN 2002 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
AIN’T MISBEHAVIN‘ 2002 Riverside Theatre, FL
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN 2002 Arundel Barn Playhouse
GREASE! 2002 Smithtown P. A. C.
THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG 2002 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
ANYTHING GOES Director 2001 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
SWINGING ON A STAR 2000 Riverside Theatre, FL
THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES 2000 Gateway Playhouse

Y. A. G. M., CHARLIE BROWN 2000 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
MAN OF LA MANCHA 2000 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
THE WIZARD OF OZ 1999 Gateway Playhouse
GREASE! 1997 Hampton Playhouse
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI (Premiere) 1997 InStages, Boston

ANNIE 2017 Misi Producciones, Bogata, Columbia
SOUTH PACIFIC 2014 Riverside Theatre, FL
—starring David Pittsinger
LES MISERABLES 2013 Riverside Theatre, FL

BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY 2011 Riverside Theatre, FL
HELLO, DOLLY!* 2008 Sacramento Music Circus
WHITE CHRISTMAS 2006 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
A FUNNY THING … FORUM* 2006 Sacramento Music Circus
—starring James Brennan
GREASE!* 2005 Sacramento Music Circus
I MARRIED WYATT EARP 2005 Bristol Riverside Theatre
—Chor./Assoc. Director, Premiere
LOVELACE 2003 Revelation Theatre, NYC
 staged reading
—composed by Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go’s
A FUNNY THING … FORUM* 2000 Sacramento Music Circus
—starring Gary Beach, Gavin Creel James
LONG ROAD HOME 2000 Hudson Guild
—Premiere with Brenda Braxton
FEMME FATALE 1999 Overture Theater Co.
—Premiere, staged reading with Sara Ramirez and Jan Maxwell
GREAT EXPECTATIONS 1999 ArtsCenter of Coastal Carolina
—Premiere, book by novelist John Jakes
THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES 1998 Paper Mill Playhouse
—starring John Davidson
CAROUSEL 1996 Hampton Playhouse
CRAZY FOR YOU 1996 Hampton Playhouse
—new choreographic concept
GYPSY 1996 California Musical Theatre
NINE 1995 Paper Mill Playhouse
PAINT YOUR WAGON* 1995 Sacramento Music Circus
THE SECRET GARDEN* 1994 Sacramento Music Circus
KISS ME QUICK * 1990 North Shore Music Theater
—Premiere, Associate Choreographer
“SCHUUR STEPS” 1987 Southern Ballet Theater
110 IN THE SHADE 1986 Showlink Productions, FL

*Productions created for Sacramento Music Circus, North Shore Music Theatre and West Virginia Public were staged in the round.

Perfect European Man.
A selection for the Fresh Fruit Festival. Winner of Best Production, Best Actor and Best Director Awards of Distinction

Book and lyrics for

In Search of the Sparkle
(composer Jerry Williams)

The Man Who Would Be King

(composer Neil Berg)

Children on Their Birthdays
(composer Rob Johnson)

Where the Lilies Bloom

(composer Alexander Constantine)

Co-writer of book for

(co-writer, composer/lyricist Ken Clifton)

Book, lyrics, music for
Merlin’s Magicademy


As a theatre artist, I am always looking to create something new for the stage whether as writer or director or choreographer. One of the most stimulating aspects of the process: COLLABORATION!
I am fortunate to be in collaboration with some of theatre’s truly
remarkable creative minds.

Guests enter the Hush Club, a detailed and fully environmental re-creation of a New York City Speakeasy, circa 1928.

Cafe tables and curtained booths surround a performance space. Once all revelers are settled and libations have been served, our Mistress of Ceremonies, 
Topeka McShane, enters and sits atop the piano. She begins to weave an hypnotic spell that will transport us back to the era of jazz and bathtub gin as the combo plays near the oh-so-busy bar.

She’ll tell — no, she’ll show the events of her sordid story… the story of how the swank nightspot brought her back to life.

…a life she’d kill 
to keep.

Using “Copperfield style” theatrical illusions, 
up-to-the-minute projection technologies, and lighting effects, 
the characters in Topeka’s story emerge as if 
through a portal in time. But are we then or now, who can say?


Creative team:
Co-Director- DJ Salisbury
Co-DIrector- Noah Racey
Choreographer- Noah Racey
Scenic Design- David Gallo

Based on the young adult novel by Bill and Vera Cleaver about 4 Appalachian children who keep their father’s death a secret in order to remain together.

COMPOSER: Alexander Constantine

A small cast jukebox musical with soft rock songs of the 1970’s. Love and life lessons in the “Me generation.”

Conceived by DJ Salisbury
Book by DJ Salisbury
Music Supervision and arrangements by Mark Fifer

A dance theatre piece based on the French novel La Chienne (1931) about a poor amateur painter who provides a stylish life for his mistress with money embezzled from his workplace. Little does he know that the girl is a prostitute. She is also under the mistaken impression that he is a famous artist. When the chump finds out that she was coached to sell his paintings by her gambling addict pimp, he kills her. The pimp, the only known murder suspect, is hanged. And though the paintings become priceless collector’s pieces, the old sap falls into a demented hobo’s life on the street.
Ironic, edgy, wry, Chump Shag is a “dance play” with physical comedy, artful adagio, and athletic choreography spun with the black humor of a bygone era and shaded by a contemporary viewpoint that comments on the perils of manufactured image and the cost of illusion.
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A warm, family friendly musical that celebrates Christmas through the music of Appalachian mountain folk circa the Great Depression.

Songs include:
“I Wonder as I Wander”
“How Far is it to Bethlehem?”
“People come East”
“That Old Mountain Dew”
“Children, Go Where I send Thee”

and two original songs:
“My Love Brought Me Summer on a Grey Winter’s Day” (music and lyrics by DJ Salisbury)
“Snowman on the Mountaintop” (Music by David Lutken, lyrics by Dj Salisbury)

Conceived by
DJ Salisbury and Larry Moore.
Book by DJ Salisbury
Arrangements by Larry Moore
Musical Supervision by David Lutken


“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” Kurt Vonnegut



“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.”Red Haircrow


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DJ Salisbury

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DJ Salisbury

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