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KITTY MCNAMEE

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Kitty McNamee is an artist, a creator and most importantly a collaborator.

Her early years in LA were spent honing her craft as Artistic Director of Hysterica Dance Co., a consistently prolific and creative collective that redefined dance in Los Angeles. Her unique approach to direction and choreography was declared by Dance Magazine to possess “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality.”

Kitty has collaborated extensively with the LA Philharmonic, developing new productions of Rite of Spring, Firebird, Bolero, Esa Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and more. Ballets includes RIFT commissioned by Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Kennedy Center, the creation of the new ballets Traces and Transit for National Choreographer’s Initiative and colony for LA Ballet’s NEXT Wave Series.

Kitty moves effortlessly between her work in the Opera, including Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, Don Carlo, La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor and Tales of Hoffman for the country’s largest opera houses to commercials for Target, Adobe MAX, Novartis, Mercedes Benz, Grey Ant and Uniglo. She finds shifting from high art settings to the demands of pop culture to be incredibly invigorating. Kitty loves working with actors and is known for her ability to draw out organically nuanced performances. She has coached and choreographed for Paz Vega, Julianne Hough, Margaret Cho, Vanessa Williams, Vittorio Grigolo, Lily Tomlin, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon.

Theater credits include Secret Cinema’s groundbreaking live performances with Laura Marling in London, the World Premiere of Colony Collapse (commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Sense and Sensibility (South Coast Rep), The Fantasticks (Pasadena Playhouse), Midsummer Night’s Dream (LA Phil/Disney Hall), Man of LaMancha (Reprise!) and Sondheim’s 75th (Hollywood Bowl).

Live Stage & Theatre
Rizer Zimmerman Spring 2021
Choreographer
Magic Pictures International
Rite of Spring
Director / Choreographer
LA Phil/Disney Hall
Abbott Awards
Choreographer
Dir. Jerry Mitchell / Florence Gould Hall
Sense and Sensibility
Choreographer
Dir. Casey Stangl / South Coast Repertory
Don Carlo
Choreographer
Dir. Louisa Muller / LA Opera
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Choreographer
Dir. Nancy Meckler/ LA Phil, Disney Hall
La Traviata
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo/ LA Opera / San Diego Opera
Tales of Hoffman
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo/ LA Opera
The Fantasticks
Choreographer
Dir. Seema Sueko / Pasadena Playhouse
Colony Collapse
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / Theatre at Boston Court
Bolero
Director / Choreographer
LA Phil / Disney Concert Hall
La Traviata
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo / LA Opera
Hadelich Plays Bernstein
Director / Choreographer
Ft. Worth Symphony, Bass Hall
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Choreographer
Dir. Elkhanah Pultizer / LA Opera
Tchaikovsky Fest
Choreographer
Dir. Laura Woolery / LA Phil / Disney Hall
Building Music
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / LA Phil /Disney Hall
Firebird
Director / Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / LA Phil /Disney Hall
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Director/Choreographer
LA Phil / Disney Hall
Minimalist Jukebox
Director / Choreographer
Dir. Deb Devine / LA Phil / Disney Hall
Romeo et Juliette
Choreographer
Dir. Ian Judge / LA Opera
Symphonie Fantastique
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / LA Phil / Disney Hall
Margaret Cho's Sensuous Woman
Choreographer
Dir. Randall Rapstine / Off-Broadway
Sondheim's 75th
Choreographer
Dir. Paul Lazarus / Hollywood Bowl
Man of La Mancha
Choreographer
Dir. Michael Michetti / Reprise!
La Rondine
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo / LA Opera
A Winter's Tale
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / Theater 150
Don Carlo
Choreographer
Dir. Ian Judge / LA Opera
Wing on Wing
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / LA Phil / Disney Hall
DanceBreak
Choreographer
SSDC / Alvin Ailey Theater
Songs for a New World
Choreographer
Dir. Jon Lawrence Rivera / Rubicon Theater
Gulls
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / Boston Court
365Days / 365Plays
Choreographer
Dir. Terence McFarland / Shakespeare LA
Mother Courage
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzonsky / Boston Court
Summertime
Choreographer
Dir. Michael Michetti / Boston Court
Appalachian Spring MUSE/IQUE
Director / Choreographer
A Noise Within
On the Waterfront MUSE/IQUE
Director / Choreographer
Huntington Gardens
Henry Wolfe
Creative Director
Lillian Theatre
MusicNOW
Director
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Grey Ant Sunglass Launch
Director
Hysterica Productions
Hecuba - Even So
Director
Hysterica Productions
Laura Marling Grand Eagle Ball
Creative Consultant
Secret Cinema, London
WET Design
Creative Consultant
Wynn Hotel, Macau
Cabrillo Festival of Contemp Music
Director / Choreographer
Marin Aslop/Santa Cruz Civic
MusicNOW
Director / Choreographer
Chicago Symphony
Concerts (Selects)
Congress
tryptych
Sweatspot LA
Texas Ballet Theater
RIFT
Kennedy Center
Ntnl Choreographer’s Initiative
Traces/Transit
Irvine Barclay Theater
Dancescape LA
Door in the Dark
Nokia/LA Live
LA Ballet
NextWaveLA
Broad Stage
Dance Camera West
Pacific Standard Time
Getty Center
Wave Rising Festival
Rapture
WHITE WAVE NYC
Celebrate Dance
Bouncy
Alex Theater
INvitational
The Wheel
El Portal Theater
MDI Ensemble
New Music Initiative
LACMA
LA Arts Exchange
New Works
Bootleg Theater
Hysterica Dance Co.
Artistic Director for over 10 yrs
Various Locations
Film & Television
Burden Halved
Director/Choreographer
Hysterica Productions
Skater
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kaye/AFI
The Yellow Room
Director/Choreographer
Hysterica Prods
G-4
Choreographer
Dir. Anna Biani / Flying Turtle Productions
Entelechy
Choreographer
Dir. Ariana Delawari / Delawari Productions
Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles
Choreographer
Dir. Stephen Kay / Lifetime
Beautiful and Twisted
Choreographer
Dir. Christopher Zalla / Lifetime
Petals on the Wind
Choreographer
Dir. Karen Moncrieff / Lifetime
Restart Project
Choreographer
Prod. Gwyneth Paltrow / AOL
Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition
Choreographer
Prod. FlyGirls, LLC / Lifetime
90210
Choreographer
Dir. Harry Sinclair / CW
90210
Choreographer
Dir. David Warren / CW
The L-Word
Choreographer
Dir. Bronwen Hughes / Showtime
Anytime With Bob Kushell
Choreographer
Dir. Bob Kushell / SONY
The Last Word
Dir. Tony Spiridakus / Showtime
Choreographer
Happy Birthday Elizabeth Taylor
Choreographer
Lily Tomlin / ABC
Holiday Celebration
Choreographer
Dorothy Chandler / PBS
Picks of the Fringe
Choreographer
hysterica! / BBC
What Were You Thinking?
Choreographer
Dir. Sean Mewshaw / RipFest
Music Videos
Devault - Between the Words
Choreographer
Dir. Daveion Thompson / Couscoussaumon
Belly - Ballerina
Choreographer
Dir. Ramon Ayala / ROCNATION / Dicktator US
FONO - Feet on the Ground
Choreographer
Dir. Pavel Brenner / Cadence Films
Aurora - Conqueror
Choreographer
Dir. Kai Regan / YouTube / Vice
Josh Kelley - It’s Your Move
Choreographer
Dir. Katherine Heigl / Sugar Hill
Laura Marling - Master Hunter
Choreographer
Dir. Fred & Nick / Virgin Records
Amoureux - Lost the Plot
Choreographer
Dir. Miles Crawford / Neurotic Yell
Kait Weston - Til Death Do Us Part
Choreographer
Dir. Jay Martin / Artists & Derelicts
Hecuba - Even So
Choreographer
Dir. Dino Dinco / Hysterica Prods
Kinky - Hasta Quemarnos
Choreographer
Dir. Emiliano Lopez / Nettwerk Music
Laura Marling - Brave Bird Saved
Choreographer
Dir. Fred & Nick / Master Hunter
Corporate & Commercials
Zimmerman Spring 2022
Choreographer
Dir. Lauren Askill / Rizer
Mercedes EQS
Choreographer
Dir. GMUNK / Let’s Jam
Theater X
Choreographer
Dir. GMUNK / JOJAX
FIDM Debut
Choreographer
Dir. Gene LeBrock / Koziak Prods
Novartis
Choreographer
Dir. Shayne Mackey / DevlinHair
Target
Choreographer
Dir. Christian SorensenHansen / Society, Inc
She's Mercedes: The Female Bond
Choreographer
Dir. Aldona Kwiatkowski / Freenjoy, Inc
MADD PSA
Choreographer
Dir. Derek Taylor / MADD Prods
Uniqlo Color Bottoms
Choreographer
Dir. Yoichi Komatsu / Monster
Grey Ant Sunglass Launch
Director
Siren Prods
Adobe MAX
Choreographer
Dir. David Mackie / LA/LIVE
Proactiv
Choreographer
Dir. Victoria Simpson / Lieberman Prods
Flash on the Beach
Choreographer
Dir. GMUNK / Black Swan Prods
Hexbug
Choreographer
Dir. Paul Lazarus / Rockhard Films
Black Swan/Surreal4Real
Choreographer
Dir. Nicole Disson / Vibiana Prods
X BOX
Choreographer
Dir. Kenneth Hughes SONY
Fashion Week
Choreographer
Dir. Grey Ant / NYC

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"McNamee is currently fascinated by human nature, beauty, behavior, personality, duality, feminine/masculine and impulse."

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