Director of Musicals, Choreographer
Dena McKell is from the Harrisburg region and has been a teacher, choreographer, and director of musicals for over 27 years. She began teaching dance instruction at the Harrisburg Dance Conservatory under the guidance of Forrest Gehret. Along with teaching at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Ms. McKell is also the Director and Choreographer for Encore Homeschool Productions. Her choreographic works include Seussical the Musical, Meet Me in St, Louis, The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Peter Pan, and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. In May 2016, her choreography in Peter Pan received an Apollo Award for Outstanding Dance Number in a Musical. Ms. McKell has also received an Apollo Award for her choreography in May 2017 (Beauty and the Beast), May 2018 (Fiddler on the Roof), and most recently in May 2022 for her choreography in The Little Mermaid. Ms. McKell also directed and received the Apollo Award for Outstanding Musical in May 2022 for her direction of The Little Mermaid. Ms. McKell also serves as the choreographer for East Pennsboro High School Panther Productions for which she has choreographed Grease, Newsies, Sister Act, and Matilda. Ms. McKell also works with local community theaters such as Keystone Theatrics, Creative Pursuits Academy, and Oyster Mill Playhouse.