Kitty McNamee is a highly regarded choreographer who began her career as the Artistic Director of Hysterica Dance Co., a creative collective in Los Angeles. Her career has since successfully spanned live performance, TV and film.
McNamee’s recent work includes choreography for Secret Cinema’s groundbreaking performances with Laura Marling in London and the World Premiere of Colony Collapse, commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
McNamee’s production of La Traviata premiered at LA and San Francisco operas; and Romeo and Juliette at LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. McNamee enjoys a long and fruitful relationship with the LA Philharmonic where she has choreographed, directed and developed new productions including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing. Moving into Direction, McNamee has shepherded new work for the LA Philharmonic, Hello Kitty/FLUX, Grey Ant and Chicago Symphony’s MusicNOW. Recent stage work includes the creation of Traces and Transit for National Choreographer’s Initiative; and colony for the LA Ballet.
McNamee is known for her work with actors and her ability to draw from them organically nuanced performances. She has coached and choreographed for Paz Vega, Julianne Hough, Margaret Cho, Vanessa Williams, Vittorio Grigolo, Lily Tomlin, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, 90210 and The L-Word. McNamee has also choreographed Beautiful and Twisted, Petals on the Wind and Lizzie Borden for Lifetime Television; and created movement for artists Laura Marling, Josh Kelley, Kait Weston, Kinky, Nicole Turley, Henry Wolfe and Ariana Delawari. She was nominated for best choreography by the UK video music awards and world dance award for Laura Marling’s Master Hunter.
Kitty McNamee has choreographed RIFT, a symphonic ballet score by Anna Clyne, for its world premiere performance on Friday, August 5, during Power & Devotion.