Michelle Johnston

Michelle Johnston, a highly sought-after director, choreographer, and movement coach, has over 20 years of experience in the business. In front of the camera or behind it, Michelle always brings her experience and expertise to the table. Michelle’s latest directorial work is the Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie, “Blurt”, starring Jace Norman and JoJo Siwa. She also recently directed and produced the 2016 film, “A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits” for Freeform and Disney Channel. Her work as a choreographer can be seen on television in such shows as “Castle”, “Mistresses”, “Parks & Recreation”, “American Dreams”, and “Mad Men”, and in films like “A Cinderella Story”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, and “Gangster Squad”. Michelle has also worked with such stars as Jane Krakowski, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Demi Moore, and John Travolta to name a few. Michelle served as choreographer on Madonna’s “Who’s That Girl” World Tour and segments of the “Girlie Show” World Tour which took her career to a whole new level. She has worked with artists like Alicia Keys, Ritchie Sambora, Lil’ Kim, Hillary Duff, and Kelly Rowland. Michelle has also been in demand in the Broadway scene, working with Oscar nominated actress, Lesley Ann Warren in “Dream” as well as touring with the Tony Award winning show, “Fosse” in one of the lead roles. Michelle continues to find new and exciting venues in which to develop and showcase her broad scope of talent.

Chicago (2002)

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Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Marshall
CAST:  Catherine Zeta-Jones  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Queen Latifah  •  Richard Gere

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rob Marshall
CAST:  Catherine Zeta-Jones  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Queen Latifah  •  Richard Gere

A Chorus Line (1985)

A group of dancers congregate on the stage of a Broadway theatre to audition for a new musical production directed by Zach. After the initial eliminations, seventeen hopefuls remain, among them Cassie, who once had a tempestuous romantic relationship with Zach. She ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Vicki Frederick  •  Janet Jones  •  Audrey Landers

A group of dancers congregate on the stage of a Broadway theatre to audition for a new musical production directed by Zach. After the initial eliminations, seventeen hopefuls remain, among them Cassie, who once had a tempestuous romantic relationship with Zach. She ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Attenborough
CAST:  Michael Douglas  •  Vicki Frederick  •  Janet Jones  •  Audrey Landers

Dick Tracy (1990)

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Warren Beatty
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Al Pacino  •  Madonna  •  Charlie Korsmo

The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Warren Beatty
CAST:  Warren Beatty  •  Al Pacino  •  Madonna  •  Charlie Korsmo

One from the Heart (1982)

Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Frannie leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship. Each one of them meets their dream mate, but as bright as they may seem, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Teri Garr  •  Frederic Forrest  •  Raúl Juliá  •  Lainie Kazan

Hank and Frannie don't seem to be able to live together anymore. After a five-year relationship, lustful and dreamy Frannie leaves down-to-earth Hank on the anniversary of their relationship. Each one of them meets their dream mate, but as bright as they may seem, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Teri Garr  •  Frederic Forrest  •  Raúl Juliá  •  Lainie Kazan

Showgirls (1995)

A young drifter named Nomi arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become a top showgirl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elizabeth Berkley  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Gina Gershon  •  Glenn Plummer

A young drifter named Nomi arrives in Las Vegas to become a dancer and soon sets about clawing and pushing her way to become a top showgirl.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Verhoeven
CAST:  Elizabeth Berkley  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Gina Gershon  •  Glenn Plummer

The Replacements (2000)

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Maverick old-guard coach Jimmy McGinty is hired in the wake of a players' strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, McGinty dusts off his secret ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Deutch
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Gene Hackman  •  Brooke Langton  •  Orlando Jones

Maverick old-guard coach Jimmy McGinty is hired in the wake of a players' strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, McGinty dusts off his secret ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Deutch
CAST:  Keanu Reeves  •  Gene Hackman  •  Brooke Langton  •  Orlando Jones

Staying Alive (1983)

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet - making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sylvester Stallone
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Cynthia Rhodes  •  Finola Hughes  •  Steve Inwood

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenger yet - making it as a dancer on the Broadway stage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sylvester Stallone
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Cynthia Rhodes  •  Finola Hughes  •  Steve Inwood

Grumpier Old Men (1995)

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A family wedding reignites the ancient feud between next-door neighbors and fishing buddies John and Max. Meanwhile, a sultry Italian divorcée opens a restaurant at the local bait shop, alarming the locals who worry she'll scare the fish away. But she's less ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Deutch
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Jack Lemmon  •  Ann-Margret Olsson  •  Sophia Loren

A family wedding reignites the ancient feud between next-door neighbors and fishing buddies John and Max. Meanwhile, a sultry Italian divorcée opens a restaurant at the local bait shop, alarming the locals who worry she'll scare the fish away. But she's less ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Howard Deutch
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Jack Lemmon  •  Ann-Margret Olsson  •  Sophia Loren

Shout (1991)

A new music teacher in a 1955 West Texas home for wayward boys brings new vision and hope for many of the interned boys.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeffrey Hornaday
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Jamie Walters  •  Heather Graham  •  Richard Jordan

A new music teacher in a 1955 West Texas home for wayward boys brings new vision and hope for many of the interned boys.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeffrey Hornaday
CAST:  John Travolta  •  Jamie Walters  •  Heather Graham  •  Richard Jordan

A Gnome Named Gnorm (1990)

A young Los Angeles police officer and a mysterious gnome become unlikely partners as they track a killer. When a sting operation goes awry, officer Casey is blamed for the murder of his colleague and Gnorm the gnome is the only witness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stan Winston
CAST:  Anthony Michael Hall  •  Jerry Orbach  •  Claudia Christian  •  Eli Danker

A young Los Angeles police officer and a mysterious gnome become unlikely partners as they track a killer. When a sting operation goes awry, officer Casey is blamed for the murder of his colleague and Gnorm the gnome is the only witness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stan Winston
CAST:  Anthony Michael Hall  •  Jerry Orbach  •  Claudia Christian  •  Eli Danker

California Casanova (1991)

Stagehand at a nightclub falls for one of the performers. He wins her heart after taking lessons on suavity from a gigolo "count".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nat Christian
CAST:  Jerry Orbach  •  Audrey Landers  •  Tyrone Power Jr.  •  Bryan Genesse

Stagehand at a nightclub falls for one of the performers. He wins her heart after taking lessons on suavity from a gigolo "count".  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nat Christian
CAST:  Jerry Orbach  •  Audrey Landers  •  Tyrone Power Jr.  •  Bryan Genesse

Southpaw (2015)

Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager. He soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Rachel McAdams  •  Naomie Harris  •  Oona Laurence

Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and his manager. He soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antoine Fuqua
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Rachel McAdams  •  Naomie Harris  •  Oona Laurence

The In Crowd (1988)

A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When one day he successfully gets on a popular teen dance television show he becomes a star. The plot follows him as he lives his new life in his new world. What he finds are adoring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rosenthal
CAST:  Donovan Leitch  •  Joe Pantoliano  •  Jennifer Runyon  •  Bruce Kirby

A young man of the rock and roll generation is in his senior year of high school. When one day he successfully gets on a popular teen dance television show he becomes a star. The plot follows him as he lives his new life in his new world. What he finds are adoring ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rosenthal
CAST:  Donovan Leitch  •  Joe Pantoliano  •  Jennifer Runyon  •  Bruce Kirby

Opportunity Knocks (1990)

Eddie and Lou are a couple of two-bit con men on the lam from a loan shark. They hide out in someone's house and they hear on the answering machine that (A) the owner of the house is out of the country for a month or two and (B) the housesitter supposed to watch ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Petrie
CAST:  Dana Carvey  •  James Tolkan  •  Robert Loggia  •  Todd Graff

Eddie and Lou are a couple of two-bit con men on the lam from a loan shark. They hide out in someone's house and they hear on the answering machine that (A) the owner of the house is out of the country for a month or two and (B) the housesitter supposed to watch ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Petrie
CAST:  Dana Carvey  •  James Tolkan  •  Robert Loggia  •  Todd Graff

A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits (2016)

A contemporary musical version of the classic Cinderella story in which the servant step daughter hope to compete in a musical competition for a famous pop star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michelle Johnston
CAST:  Sofia Carson  •  Thomas Law  •  Jennifer Tilly  •  Jazzara Jaslyn

A contemporary musical version of the classic Cinderella story in which the servant step daughter hope to compete in a musical competition for a famous pop star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michelle Johnston
CAST:  Sofia Carson  •  Thomas Law  •  Jennifer Tilly  •  Jazzara Jaslyn

Blurt! (2018)

When nice-guy Jeremy Martin puts on mysterious virtual reality glasses at the mall, he suddenly loses his “inside voice” and starts spouting every thought he has out loud. Making matters worse, Jeremy is running for student council president against his classmate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michelle Johnston
CAST:  Jace Norman  •  JoJo Siwa  •  Cynthia Mendez  •  Daniella Perkins

When nice-guy Jeremy Martin puts on mysterious virtual reality glasses at the mall, he suddenly loses his “inside voice” and starts spouting every thought he has out loud. Making matters worse, Jeremy is running for student council president against his classmate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michelle Johnston
CAST:  Jace Norman  •  JoJo Siwa  •  Cynthia Mendez  •  Daniella Perkins

Palm Springs (2020)

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When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Max Barbakow
CAST:  Andy Samberg  •  Cristin Milioti  •  J.K. Simmons  •  Tyler Hoechlin

When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Max Barbakow
CAST:  Andy Samberg  •  Cristin Milioti  •  J.K. Simmons  •  Tyler Hoechlin

A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (2019)

Kat is an aspiring singer-songwriter who dreams of making it big. However, her dreams are stalled by her reality: a conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michelle Johnston
CAST:  Laura Marano  •  Gregg Sulkin  •  Isabella Gomez  •  Johannah Newmarch

Kat is an aspiring singer-songwriter who dreams of making it big. However, her dreams are stalled by her reality: a conniving and cruel stepfamily and a demoralizing job working as a singing elf at billionaire Terrence Wintergarden’s Santa Land.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michelle Johnston
CAST:  Laura Marano  •  Gregg Sulkin  •  Isabella Gomez  •  Johannah Newmarch

Faith (1990)

Faith is a young dancer, whose parents are killed in a plain crash. Dancing is her refuge, but the streets of Los Angeles can be dangerous for a lonesome woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Mather
CAST:  Silvia Seidel  •  Ami Dolenz  •  Len Lesser  •  Robert Ackerman

Faith is a young dancer, whose parents are killed in a plain crash. Dancing is her refuge, but the streets of Los Angeles can be dangerous for a lonesome woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Mather
CAST:  Silvia Seidel  •  Ami Dolenz  •  Len Lesser  •  Robert Ackerman

Sweet Jane (1998)

Jane, an HIV-positive heroin addict, meets Tony, a young AIDS victim with no family, and the two form a bond.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Gayton
CAST:  Samantha Mathis  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Kimberly Scott  •  Derek Webster

Jane, an HIV-positive heroin addict, meets Tony, a young AIDS victim with no family, and the two form a bond.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Gayton
CAST:  Samantha Mathis  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Kimberly Scott  •  Derek Webster