OTIS SALLID - CREATIVE DIRECTOR - DIRECTOR - CHOREOGRAPHER
Not only style but substance is the benchmark of director Otis Sallid’s work. His close attention and keen eye for detail always makes something special out of everything he touches. His accomplishments as a producer, director and choreographer in theater, television and film are known throughout the entertainment industry. His work in Spike Lee’s SCHOOL DAZE, DO THE RIGHT THING and MALCOLM X, the opening titles for the television shows LIVING SINGLE and SUDDENLY SUSAN, Disney’s SISTER ACT II and Thomas Carter’s SWING KIDS has positioned him amongst the most notable producer/director/choreographers. The latter winning him the BOB FOSSE L.A. CHOREOGRAPHERS DANCE AWARD.
In 1995 Sallid conceived the hit Broadway show SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ and in 1996 he choreographed the 69th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS.
For the rest of the decade Otis went on to work with such artists as Faith Hill, Bill Cosby, Brooke Shields, Anna Deveare Smith, Marion Jones (Olympic Gold Medalist), Christina Ricci, Patti Labelle, Tony Bennett, James Pickens, Rocky Carroll, Loretta Devine, Julio Iglesias, Denzel Washington, Billy Crystal, Sam Jackson, Robert Sean Leonard, Gregory Hines, Spike Lee, Lawrence Fishbourne, Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt, Prince, Vanessa Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Debbie Allen, Vanessa Williams, James Ingram, Viveca Fox, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Don Cheatle and Queen Latifah.
When he is not running his production company Creative Otis Inc. Otis spends his time speaking and teaching in colleges, universities and arts programs around the world, The Boston Conservatory, Berklee School of Music, Pace University in New York City, The Broadway Dreams Foundation and Perry Mansfield in Steamboat Springs in Colorado just to name a few.
Most recently Otis directed and choreographed an Eco–Revolutionary film entitled ONE LIFE for Interface Films as well as directed the Broadway musical CABARET at Boston Conservatory of Music at Berklee.