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Though Aubrey Lynch’s life experiences and wide-ranging career has taken him from Woodhaven Michigan and an unfinished Chemistry degree from the University of Michigan, well outside of the world of dance, through a deep understanding of music, theater and visual design, this quote sprinkled all over the internet, captured many years ago, while still a student, is one he lives by today. As Chief Education and Creative Programs Officer at the prestigious Harlem School of the Arts HSA, Lynch manages all of the organization’s creative content exemplifying that touching hearts, moving souls and inspiring children and adults is the true gift of The Arts.
Before discovering his first language and love, dance, he played the violin, clarinet and flute until moving on to the richness of singing, theater and visual design. Though he was ultimately one of the last dancers hand selected by Alvin Ailey dancing with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, his mentors pushed him to always strive to be more than a dancer. He created a line of one-of-a-kind wearable art, Aubrey Designs and was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Disney’s The Lion King acting as the production’s Associate Choreographer and then Associate Producer. He authored the original manual that is still used by their creative team today. The production has been mounted twenty-five times since its opening in 1997.
Lynch coached professional and pre-professional actors and singers in television, film and Broadway. He worked on some of the early designs of Disney’s Cub School, a training camp for young Broadway hopefuls, ultimately mounting the program to accompany other productions in scores of countries around the world. He was a part of creating the foundation of The Lion King Experience KIDS/JR and led their first workshops and pilots as well as piloted child adaptations of Frozen KIDS and Finding Nemo KIDS/JR. Lynch is proudly certified in the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum impacting his work codifying the Harlem School of the Arts schoolwide curriculum, not just in dance, but also music, theater and visual arts.
He has co-designed and co-led workshops and programs for the NYC Department of Education and Theater Development Fund, mentored for YoungArts Week and is currently a mentor for Theater Development Fund’s Wendy Wasserman Project. He partnered with Harlem Children’s Zone, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, co-producing a production for eighteen NYC schools. He has written, choreographed and directed seven original productions at HSA, each with a unique life lesson, creating young, black and brown heroes to inspire communities of every color. Aubrey is Founder of Aubrey Lynch Extra Essential Arts AL-EEArts born out of the belief that “The arts aren’t extracurricular; they’re extra-essential.”