Lynne Kurdziel Formato is an Associate Professor of Performing Arts. Prior to her appointment here, she developed and directed the BFA in Music Theatre at the University at Buffalo. Lynne served two terms as the Vice-President for Conferences, and three terms on the Executive Committee of MTEA - Music Theatre Educators Alliance International.

As a professional Director/Choreographer, Lynne is a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC) and has more than 300 productions to her credit including Aida, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Blood Brothers, Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, The Merry Widow, The King and I, Copacabana, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Swing!, Anything Goes, Grease, Forever Plaid, Smokey Joe's Café, The World Goes Round, Cole, The Full Monty, Peter Pan, Joseph and the Amazing ..., All Shook Up and Fame at Artpark in Lewiston, N.Y.as well as West Side Story (Tennie Award for Choreography), Evita and Ain't Misbehavin' for the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville, The Full Monty, A Chorus Line, My Fair Lady, Evita and director/choreographer for Tommy and the regional premiere of Memphis for Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, directed more than 20 productions for the University at Buffalo including the first regional production of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party and choreographed seven seasons of the award winning Christmas in The Smokies for Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Recently, as part of her ongoing research, Lynne has spent time working abroad. In 2012 she directed and choreographed the European premiere of Disney’s Aladdin and in 2014 the Scandinavian premiere of Disney’s The Little Mermaid - both productions produced by the Fredericia Teater for their home theatre and at the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen. She just returned from choreographing the Scandinavian premiere of Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame in Fredericia, directed by Thomas Agerholm, which will be remounted in June 2017 at Det Kongelige Teater GAMLE SCENE in Copenhagen.

She directed & choreographed the world premiere of Beatsville as well as Showcase productions of Chicago, Legally Blonde, Young Frankenstein, Sweet Charity, The World Goes Round and Smokey Joe's Care for the Danish Musical Academy in Fredericia, Denmark. In Fall 2008, Lynne traveled to Moscow as an invited music theatre specialist for their third annual Music Theatre Festival, where she taught a week of master classes to students and professionals from across Russia, and returned in 2010 for their summer school for which she also directed & choreographed the closing showcase.

From 1991 to 2004 she was a sixteen-time nominee and six-time recipient of the Buffalo New York Artvoice Artie Award in the areas of direction and choreography, recipient of the 2004 Artvoice Career Achievement Award, a 2006 Katherine Cornell Award presented to visiting artists for her choreographic work on Musicalfare’s Urinetown, the 2005 Milton Plesur Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University at Buffalo, the 1996 "Individual Artist of the Year" awarded by the Buffalo and Erie County Council on the Arts, was a Co-recipient of the Elon College Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2007, and received the Elon College Excellence in Mentoring award in 2016, was inducted into the St. Joseph’s Collegiate Fine Arts Wall of Honor in 2008, and in 2011, along with the entire Formato clan, was inducted into the “Legends of Cradle Beach” for their many years of service to this camp for special needs children.

Lynne also is an accomplished performer and a member of the Actor's Equity Association (Lynne Van Remmen). Her most recent on-stage credit was at Universal Studios Florida where she was part of the 1990 opening team of actors. Lynne has taught master classes in theatre dance for organizations across the United States, including the Dance Masters of America National Convention,  Dance Masters of America National Teachers Training School, Gus Giordano's World Jazz Dance Congress, Carolina Dance Masters and the Southeast Theatre Conference.

Here at Elon, Lynne directed and choreographed In the Heights, Rent, Nine, The Wild Party, Working, A Man of No Importance, A Chorus Line and Cabaret and served as choreographer for Ragtime, The Phantom of the Opera, Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story, Oklahoma! Urinetown, Hair and Carousel. She also is one of the founders of the New Musical Project, now known as the MT BOX -- directing its first two presentations and mentoring Lumen Scholar Chris Staskel through the creation of his original musical i.d. in the third season, and Honors Scholar Ethan Anderson through the creation of his original musical Head Voice three seasons ago.