According to her Playbill obituary, Stephanie Bissonnette was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, in 2019.
Stephanie Bissonnette, a Broadway dancer and choreographer who appeared in the original Broadway production of “Mean Girls the Musical,” has passed away at the age of 32.
Bissonnette appeared in the original Broadway production of “Mean Girls” as Dawn Schweitzer, a high school student.
The “Mean Girls” production also tweeted, “She graced our stage with the fiercest talent Broadway has ever known, inspired us with her fighting spirit and bravery, and filled our theater with her laughter and friendship.”
The production continued, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Stephanie’s family, friends, and the entire Mean Girls community during this time.” We will deeply miss her, and we urge everyone to do something they love today in her memory.
In an interview with SurvivorNet in 2020, she stated that she knew something was wrong when she experienced a “twinge” in her brain while dancing.
After that, she had a brain tumor removed, and she also had radiation treatments.
Bissonnette made an appearance in the documentary “Ensemble” earlier this year, which was about how Broadway dancers dealt with the pandemic’s theater closures.
Playbill says that throughout her career, Bissonnette contributed to the book “When the Lights Are Bright Again,” which was about the Covid shutdown and whose sales helped the Entertainment Community Fund.
According to her teacher bio on the website of the Broadway Dance Center, Bissonnette also taught dance there, which she referred to as her “second home.” World News Entertainment