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Celebrated individuals are recognized each year at WCOPA for their outstanding contributions to the performing arts industry and to WCOPA, and memorialized in the coveted Performing Arts Hall of Fame.

Anita Mann

Producer, Director and Choreographer 

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Anita Mann spent her youth in a dance studio, perfecting every movement and step. This lifelong drive led to a career as a dancer, producer, director, actress and award-winning choreographer that has spanned more than five decades.

This passion serves her well as the owner of Anita Mann Productions, a company specializing in stage, television and theatrical performances. Mann has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers. She is the recipient of five Emmy nominations including one Emmy Award win.  Her choreography credits include “The Muppets Go Hollywood,” for which she earned her first Emmy nomination, and five seasons on “Solid Gold,” which earned her two Emmy nominations. Mann also earned an Emmy nomination for her work with “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.” Her first Emmy win occurred for choreographing “The Miss America Pageant,” an honor which she holds close to her heart.  Other vast choreography credits include “The Cher Show,” “The Jacksons,” “The Academy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards,” “The Academy of Country Music Awards,” “The People’s Choice Awards,” “The Grammy Hall of Fame,” “The Emmys,” “The Great Muppet Caper,” “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Live,” “Sesame Street Live,” “The Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Tour,” “Snoopy’s World of Magic,” “Arthur” as well as countless other live, film and television shows. Now in its 19th year, Mann is the Producer and Director of FANTASY at the Luxor, and has created, choreographed, and directed revues for casinos and luxury cruise lines. She was the coordinating producer for the television series, “Dirty Dancing,” producer of the musical “Imagine This” at the New London Theatre in London’s West End, produced and directed a show starring NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, honored by the Vegas and Hollywood F. A. M. E. Awards as Lifetime Achievement for Live Producer, and most recently appeared with Miley Cyrus on the Video Music Awards.  

She is passionate about supporting the arts through dance and health programs. In her limited free time, Mann enjoys spending time with her family, her dog “George” and golfing. 

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