Lisa Ruffin

Choreographer/Actress


Lisa Ruffin is a multi-talented performer and choreographer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she entered Carnegie Mellon University at age sixteen then went on to New York to complete her education at The Julliard School of Music. The first time she was put on stage, was by August Wilson. The first video she choreographed, "JoAnna", won an American Music Award. Her choreography credits include, UPN’s "Moesha", and the "The Steve Harvey Show". She also choreographed "The Artist Journey" for Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project produced by Digital Domain and worked with the Norwood Kid’s Foundation – Brandi and Ray J’s charitable organization. Lisa is the youngest African American woman to choreograph a Broadway Stage production, "Up Close and Personal" at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre. Among many other achievements, she has also performed on Broadway, and had 2 Billboard Top 20 R&B hit records. Her acting credits include, "Him and Us", "Seth", "The Raven", and her very memorable role as "Deena" on the long running soap "All My Children". 

She also choreographed "The Artist Journey" for Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project produced by Digital Domain and worked with the Norwood Kid’s Foundation – Brandi and Ray J’s charitable organization. Lisa is the youngest African American woman to choreograph a Broadway Stage production, "Up Close and Personal" at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre. Among many other achievements, she has also performed on Broadway, and had 2 Billboard Top 20 R&B hit records. Her acting credits include, "Him and Us", "Seth", "The Raven", and her very memorable role as "Deena" on the long running soap "All My Children".

She also choreographed "The Artist Journey" for Paul Allen’s Experience Music Project produced by Digital Domain and worked with the Norwood Kid’s Foundation – Brandi and Ray J’s charitable organization. Lisa is the youngest African American woman to choreograph a Broadway Stage production, "Up Close and Personal" at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre. Among many other achievements, she has also performed on Broadway, and had 2 Billboard Top 20 R&B hit records. Her acting credits include, "Him and Us", "Seth", "The Raven", and her very memorable role as "Deena" on the long running soap "All My Children".

Lisa is the youngest African American woman to choreograph a Broadway Stage production, "Up Close and Personal" at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre. Among many other achievements, she has also performed on Broadway, and had 2 Billboard Top 20 R&B hit records. Her acting credits include, "Him and Us", "Seth", "The Raven", and her very memorable role as "Deena" on the long running soap "All My Children".

Among many other achievements, she has also performed on Broadway, and had 2 Billboard Top 20 R&B hit records. Her acting credits include, "Him and Us", "Seth", "The Raven", and her very memorable role as "Deena" on the long running soap "All My Children". Lisa has made appearances on The David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live, and has graced the covers and interiors of respected magazines such as Essence, Ebony and Black Enterprise. She had numerous commercials, including her "Secret" commercial, directed by award winning director, Jessica Yu. Lisa has been a national judge & choreographer for the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition. Spring "09" she directed a production of "For Colored Girls", and received glowing reviews for "In The Continuum" at The Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara.

Ms. Ruffin’s most recent performing credits include, "The BET Awards"-performing with Stevie Wonder, and soon to be released "
The Stolen Moments of September". Lisa is thankful for the gift of Little Miss African American.

Lisa has made appearances on The David Letterman Show and Saturday Night Live, and has graced the covers and interiors of respected magazines such as Essence, Ebony and Black Enterprise. She had numerous commercials, including her "Secret" commercial, directed by award winning director, Jessica Yu. Lisa has been a national judge & choreographer for the NAACP’s ACT-SO competition. Spring "09" she directed a production of "For Colored Girls", and received glowing reviews for "In The Continuum" at The Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara.

Ms. Ruffin’s most recent performing credits include, "The BET Awards"-performing with Stevie Wonder, and soon to be released "
The Stolen Moments of September". Lisa is thankful for the gift of Little Miss African American.