Stephanie Bissonnette, a Broadway dancer and choreographer best known for her role in Mean Girls the Musical, has died, according to reports. She was still young at 32 years old.
In 2019, a brain tumour was discovered in Bissonnette. Finally, radiation therapy was used to eradicate the tumour. However, the official cause of her death has not been revealed. Continue reading to learn more about this choreographer’s background and accomplishments.
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Stephanie Bissonnette, Mean Girls choreographer and star dancer. She was best known for creating the role of Dawn Sweitzer in the musical. However, Stephanie has worked as a choreographer for a variety of theatres, including The Muny, Riverside Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, and Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Stephanie Bissonnette was 32 years old when she died
The terrible news was announced on the official Mean Girls Broadway Twitter account on Sunday. Fans expressed their grief over Stephanie Bissonnette’s death in a tweet.
Stephanie was with our Broadway cast from the beginning to the end. She brought a sense of humour to our theatre and made us laugh. Also, she inspired us to be better people, and provided us with some of the most fierce talent Broadway has ever seen.
In Stephanie’s memory, we encourage everyone to do something they enjoy today, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and the entire Mean Girls community during this difficult time.
Bissonnette had Brain Tumor
The ballerina was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain tumour, three years ago. She underwent a series of radiation treatments after the tumour was removed. In a 2020 interview, Bissonnette discussed her illness battle.
The pain had vanished in less than a minute. Short enough for me to finish the show on the same day. “I called out of the show that night because I thought, Oh, I think I’m going to get sick or come down with something,” the choreographer explained.
I don’t think we would have found [the tumour] if I had a regular 9-to-5 job. Because my job requires me to be on the move and involves some pretty wild antics. I’ve been performing since I was five, but that scene in the show made me wonder, “Why am I having problems today?” “There’s got to be something else going on,” Bissonnette speculated.
In 2018, the dancer began performing with Mean Girls
Bissonnette began her career with Royal Caribbean after graduating from Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She relocated to New York and began a career as a dance teacher and choreographer.
She remained a fan until the year 2020 when Covid-19 forced the closure of all theatres across the country. Bissonnette has choreographed for the Muny, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Riverside Theatre, and Seven Angels Theatre, to name a few.
Keith Urban’s “Never Coming Down” music video also featured Bissonnette. The dancer appears in the documentary Ensemble, which follows the plight of Broadway dancers during the Covid shutdown.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on Stephanie Bissonnette’s passing. I hope she has finally found peace in the afterlife.