Congratulations to Trinity Laban alumnus Leon Baugh who has been nominated for 'Best Theatre Choreographer' in this year's Olivier Awards - the most prestigious accolades handed out in the world's theatre capital. The nomination is for his work on Sucker Punch at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court.
Leon completed his undergraduate dance training at Laban (as it was then known), where he received early recognition for his work, winning the Principal's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance. Since graduating he has performed with Hofesh Shechter, Frantic Assembly, Jasmin Vardimon and Stan Won't Dance. He is also a qualified massage therapist specialising in Sports Injury Massage Therapy for Dancers and is currently training as an osteopath. Leon's work on the Olivier Award Best New Play nominee Sucker Punch demanded choreographing complicated and skilful boxing scenes.
The other nominees for the 'Best Theatre Choreographer' category are Bill T. Jones for Fela! at the National Theatre Olivier, Jerry Mitchell for Legally Blonde - The Musical at the Savoy theatre and Stephen Mear for Sweet Charity at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
The Laurence Olivier Awards 2011 will take place at the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane on March 13 with live coverage of the ceremony on BBC TV and BBC Radio 2. The awards began in 1976 as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, becoming the Laurence Olivier Awards in 1984. Over the past 34 years the ceremony has taken place in numerous locations, including many London theatres and other glamorous venues including The Park Lane Hilton and Café Royal.