Debbie Allen

An internationally recognized director, choreographer, teacher, dancer and actor, Debbie Allen first made her mark on Broadway in revivals like "West Side Story," for which she was nominated for a Tony. She became a household name with the movie-turned-television classic "Fame," and has since directed and produced several series including "A Different World," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Scandal." She has been artist in residence at the Kennedy Center for over 15 years. She founded the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, and is currently an executive producer as well as a director and actress on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." 

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