Billy Siegenfeld


Billy Siegenfeld is the founder, artistic director, choreographer, and musical arranger of the theatre company Jump Rhythm® (; an author of essays, plays, and a forthcoming book titled Standing Down (Not Up!) Straight: How to Make Gravity Your New Best Friend; and a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University. His creative work focuses on building theatre performances out of primal human behaviors. The emphasis is on articulating the energies we feel at our most relaxed and unself-conscious. His play with music and rhythmic movement, What Do You Want To Be When You Give Up? premiered at the Mark O’Donnell Theater in New York City in 2019 and the Bathway Theatre in London the same year. He received a bachelor’s degree in literature from Brown University and a master’s degree in jazz music and dance from New York University’s Gallatin Division. He performed with modern dancer and choreographer Don Redlich, directed the dance program of Hunter College and performed as an actor-dancer-singer in the Broadway production of Singin’ in the Rain.