Received equity card through Pittsburgh CLO in his early years in the theater in Pittsburgh. Studied at Point Park College and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982. Director of Academy Award winning film for Best Picture, Chicago (2002). Nominated for Broadway's Tony Award six times: as Best Choreographer, in 1993, for Kiss of the Spider Woman—The Musical; in 1994, for Damn Yankees! and She Loves Me; in 1998 for Cabaret; and in 1999 for Little Me; and as Best Director (Musical), with collaborator Sam Mendes, for Cabaret.
Ranked #93 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. First appearance on the list and one of very few to appear on it after making only one film.