Kenneth John "Kenny" Ortega is an American director, choreographer and producer.

He is known for directing several Disney Channel Original Movies listed below.



  • Has worked with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cher, Gloria Estefan and Elton John.
  • As of 2007, he has directed three out of the four successful Disney Channel Original Movies with High School Musical (2006), The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006) High School Musical 2 (2007), and Descendants (2015).
  • On set, if he catches an actor or actress yawning, he forces them to pay him a dollar. After production he donates all the proceeds to "The Make a Wish Foundation".
  • Longtime personal friend and choreographer to both Michael Jackson and Josh Carmichael.
  • He is of Spanish descent.
  • Directed, choreographed and performed in Music videos as well
  • Was interviewed once by Craig McLean who works for the UK Magazize "The Times Magazine"
  • Star sign is Aries
  • Won 12 awards (including 3 Primetime Emmys)
  • Has been nominated 21 times
  • His other roles include being a actor, writer, second unit director, music performer, stage designer, guest judge, interviewee and tour director.