George Randolph
Actor, Choreographer
ACTRA
“Because you can”
– Lotto Super 7′s Relaxo

Currently, George is President of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, which he established over 16 years ago and through which he continues to nurture Canada’s performing arts talent. He devised the academy’s unique Triple Threat™ program that trains aspiring performers for careers in stage, TV, and film. The Academy’s graduates include Sergio Trujillo (principal dancer/singer/actor, Fosse; choreographer, Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys) and the dance captains for Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia!, and We Will Rock You. Randolph alumni can also be found on Broadway, West End, Shaw, Stratford, and Mirvish stages.

From 1985 to 1992, George presided over the Randolph Dance Theatre, the leading professional dance studio in Canada. There, he developed an exceptional resident and guest dance faculty culled from local and international talent. His studio attracted world-class dancers Karen Kain, Rex Harrington, and Evelyn Hart, among others, who would drop in to hone their skills in the studio’s professional ballet classes. In addition, prominent musical theatre/jazz/hip-hop choreographers such as Tracey Flye, Donna Feore, Danny Austin, and Shawn Byfield studied directly with George.

George produced and directed four international dance extravaganzas, The T.O. Hot Shoe Show, at Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre (now The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts). The shows featured prima ballerinas Karen Kain and Evelyn Hart; members of the New York City Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, and the American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov; and a finale choreographed by Tony Award winner Michael Peters (Dreamgirls, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Beat It videos).

As well as choreographing numerous videos, commercials, and feature films, George was the dance coach for Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu in the film Bogus directed by Norman Jewison. His own acting credits include supporting roles in Foreign Nights, a Toronto International Film Festival selection, and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney. He also appeared as a principal actor in Deacons for Defense opposite Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker and the late iconic actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis.

During the summer of 1984, George represented the U.S. as a Professor of Jazz at the world renowned Internationale Academie De Danse in Cannes, France. During this time, he also appeared as a guest soloist at Paris’ famed Lido cabaret club.

George first came to Canada in 1980 as a principal dancer with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. He performed with the company for two years, touring four continents. There he worked with one of Canada’s most respected contemporary choreographers Brian Macdonald.

From 1977 to 1980, he was a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall and City Center. He had the privilege of being coached by Alvin Ailey on the ballet Hard Times Blues, which Ailey also choreographed. George also worked with choreographer Talley Beatty, a protégé of modern dance innovator Katherine Dunham.

Born and raised in Red Bank, NJ, the home of Count Basie, George received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia, where he was a member of the Military Honor Society.