Gail Benedict received her B.F.A. in Theatre and Dance from the California Institute of the Arts. She performed in television variety shows as well as California based Jazz, Modern and Ballet companies before beginning her Musical Theatre career in New York City as assistant choreographer to her mentor, Donald McKayle. She spent more than twenty years performing leading roles in Broadway shows, film, television and national commercials. Six of those years she assisted Bob Fosse by directing the international companies of his biggest hit show, Dancin’. She earned her M.F.A. in Directing and Choreography from the University of Louisville after relocating to Louisville to work at Actors’ Theatre. She continues to direct, choreograph, perform and teach professionally throughout the United States while spearheading the Musical Theatre Program at the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville, KY.