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KITTY MCNAMEE

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Kitty McNamee is a highly regarded choreographer, earning distinction from Dance Magazine as an artist with “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality.” Kitty began her career as the Artistic Director of Hysterica Dance Co. a consistently prolific and creative collective that redefined dance in Los Angeles. Kitty’s career has successfully spanned live performance, TV and film. She finds her work across genres to be incredibly invigorating – the cross pollination from low to high art fuels her creativity.

The LA Times declares her work “exciting and distinctive” with “a serious dose of beauty and depth.” Recent work includes choreography for Secret Cinema’s groundbreaking live performances with Laura Marling in London, the World Premiere of “Colony Collapse” commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and “The Fantasticks” at Pasadena Playhouse.

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, Rolando Villazon, the boys of 90210 and the ladies of the LWord. Kitty has loved getting down and dirty choreographing Beautiful and Twisted, Petals on the Wind and Lizzie Borden for Lifetime. She has consulted with and created movement for artists Laura Marling, Belly, Fono, Josh Kelley, Kait Weston, Kinky, Hecuba, Nicole Turley, Henry Wolfe and Ariana Delawari.

Recent stage work includes “RIFT” commissioned by Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the creation of the new ballets “Traces” and “Transit” for National Choreographer’s Initiative and “colony” for LA Ballet.

Kitty collaborated with music icon Easy Mike to create a new hip/hop ballet of “On the Waterfront” for Muse/ique. Opera credits include “Lucia de Lammermoor”, “Don Carlo” and “La Rondine” for LA Opera, “La Traviata” for LA Opera and San Francisco Opera, “Romeo and Juliette” for LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has 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 and Creative Direction, Kitty has shepherded new work for LA Philharmonic, Hello Kitty/FLUX, Grey Ant, Ace Hotel and Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW.

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Film
Burden Halved
Director/Choreographer
Hysterica Productions
Skater
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kaye/AFI
The Yellow Room
Director/Choreographer
Hysterica Prods
Summer Dance
Choreographer
Anytime With Bob Kushell
Choreographer
Dir. Bob Kushell / SONY
G-4
Choreographer
Dir. Anna Biani / Flying Turtle & Stephen Berez
Entelechy
Choreographer
Dir. Ariana Delawari / Delawari Productions
Laura Marling-When Brave Bird Saved
Choreographer
Dir. Fred & Nick / Virgin Records
What Were You Thinking?
Choreographer
Dir. Sean Mewshaw / RipFest
Television
The Last Word
Choreographer
Dir. Tony Spiridakus / Showtime
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
The L-Word
Choreographer
Dir. Bronwen Hughes / Showtime
Happy Birthday Elizabeth Taylor
Choreographer
Lily Tomlin / ABC
Holiday Celebration
Choreographer
Dorothy Chandler / PBS
Picks of the Fringe
Choreographer
hysterica! / BBC
Theatre
Peter Pan and Tinker Bell: A Pirate's Christmas
Choreographer
The Laguna Playhouse
Bolero
Director/Choreographer
LA Phil/Disney Concert Hall
2019 Mr. Abbott Awards
Choreographer
Dir. Jerry Mitchell/Florence Gould Hall
Sense & Sensibility
Choreographer
Dir. Casey Stangl / South Coast Repertory
Don Carlo
Choreographer
Dir. Luissa Muller/Ian Judge/ LA Opera
SHIFT Festival
Choreographer
Ft. Worth Symphony, Kennedy Center
Hadelich Plays Bernstein
Choreographer
Ft. Worth Symphony, Bass Hall
Firebird
Director/Choreographer
LA Phil, Disney Hall
NEXTwaveLA
Choreographer
LA Ballet
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Choreographer
Dir. Nancy Meckler/ LA Phil, Disney Hall
La Traviata
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo/ San Diego Opera
National Choreographer's Initiative
Choreographer
Molly Lynch / Irvine Barclay Theatre
Tales of Hoffman
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo/ LA Opera
The Fantasticks
Choreographer
Dir. Seema Sueko / Pasadena Playhouse
RIFT - Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Choreographer
Dir. Marin Alsop / Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Henry Wolfe
Creative Director/Consultant
Lilian Theatre
Colony Collapse
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / Theatre at Boston Court
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Director/Choreographer
LA Phil / Disney Hall
On the WaterfrontMUSE/IQUE
Director/Choreographer
Beckman Auditorium
Bolero: Ravel's Dance for Orchestra
Choreographer
Dir. Deb Devine / LA Phil / Disney Hall
DanceON SPOTLIGHT
Director/Choreographer
Los Angeles Convention Center
MusicNOW
Director/Choreographer
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Minimalist Jukebox
Director/Choreographer
LA Phil / Disney Hall
La Traviata
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo/LA Opera
Lucia Di Lammermoor
Choreographer
Dir. Elkhanah Pultizer / LA Opera
Tchaikovsky Fest
Choreographer
Dir. Laurie Woolery / LA Phil / Disney Hall
MUSE/IQUE
Director/Choreographer
A Noise Within
Building Music
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / LA Phil / Disney Hall
Firebird
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / LA Phil / Disney Hall
NEXTwaveLA
Choreographer
LA Ballet
Minimalist Jukebox
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
La Traviata
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo / SF Opera
Margaret Cho's Sensuous Woman
Choreographer
Dir. Randall Rapstine / OffBroadway
Sondheim's 75th
Choreographer
Dir. Paul Lazarus / Hollywood Bowl
Man of La Mancha
Choreographer
Dir. Michael Michetti / Reprise!
La Traviata
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo / LA Opera
La Rondine
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo / LA Opera
Romeo et Juliette
Choreographer
Dir. Ian Judge / Chicago Lyric
X-Box
Choreographer
Dir. Kenneth Hughes / SONY
A Winter's Tale
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / Theater 150
Don Carlo
Choreographer
Dir. Ian Judge / LA Opera
La Traviata
Choreographer
Dir. Marta Domingo / LA Opera
Wing on Wing
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / LA Phil / Disney Hall
DanceBreak
Choreographer
SSDC / Alvin Ailey Theater
Romeo et Juliette
Choreographer
Dir. Ian Judge / LA Opera
Wing on Wing
Choreographer
Dir. Esa-Pekka Salonen / La Phil / Disney Hall
Symphonie Fantastique
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / LA Phil / Disney Hall
Songs for a New World
Choreographer
Dir. Jon Lawrence Rivera / Rubicon Theater
Gulls
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzansky / Boston Court
Ovation Awards
Choreographer
Dir. Mark Seldis / Orpheum Theater
365Days/365Plays
Choreographer
Dir. Terence McFarland / Shakespeare LA
Mother Courage
Choreographer
Dir. Jessica Kubzonsky/ Boston Court
Summertime
Choreographer
Dir. Michael Michetti/ Boston Court
Laura Marling
Choreographer
Secret Cinema / London
Commercials
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 / Taylor Prods
Uniqlo Color Bottoms
Choreographer
Dir. Yoichi Komatsu / Monster
Grey Ant Sunglass Launch
Director
Hysterica Prod
Proactiv
Choreographer
Dir. Victoria Simpson / Lieberman Prods
Hexbug
Choreographer
Dir. Paul Lazarus / Rockhard Films
Music Videos
Devault
Choreographer
Between The Words/Dir. Daveion Thompson/ Couscoussaumon
Fono
Choreographer
Feet on the Ground / Dir. Pavel Brenner / Cadence Films
Belly
Choreographer
Ballerina / Dir. Ramon Ayala / ROCNATION / Dicktator US
Aurora
Choreographer
Conqueror / Dir. Kai Regan / YouTube / Vice
Josh Kelley
Choreographer
It's Your Move / Dir. Katherine Heigl / Sugar Hill
Laura Marling
Choreographer
Master Hunter / Dir. Fred & Nick / Virgin Records
Amoureux
Choreographer
Lost the Plot / Dir. Miles Crawford / Neurotic Yell
Kait Weston
Choreographer
Til Death Do Us Part / Dir. Jay Martin / Artists & Derelicts
Hecuba
Choreographer
Even So / Dir. Dino Dinco / Hysterica Prods
Kinky
Choreographer
Hasta Quemarnos / Dir. Emiliano Lopez / Nettwerk Music
Corporate
FIDM Debut
Choreographer
Dir. Gene LeBrock/Koziak Productions
Novartis
Choreographer
Dir. Shayne Mackey/DevlinHair
Adobe MAX
Choreographer
Dir. David Mackie / Nokia Theater
Flash on the Beach
Choreographer
Dir. Gmunk / Black Swan Prods
Black Swan/Surreal4Real
Choreographer
Dir. Nicole Disson / Vibiana Prods
X-Box
Choreographer
Dir. Kenneth Hughes / SONY
Fashion Week
Director/Choreographer
Grey Ant / NYC
Hello Kitty's 40th Birthday Party Creative
Director/Choreographer
The Lime Hotel
WET Design Creative
Consultant/Choreographer
Wynn, Macau
Dance Concerts/Miscellaneous
Get Wet
Director/Choreographer
Dance Camera West / Pacific Standard Time, Getty Center
FIDM-Live Event 2019
Choreographer
Hysterica Dance Co.
Alex Theatre
Choreographer
Bouncy / Los Angeles
El Portal/Nvitational
Choreographer
The Wheel / Los Angeles
LA County Museum of Art
Choreographer
New Music / Los Angeles
White Wave Perf Space
Choreographer
Wave Rising Festival / NYC
Unknown Theater
Choreographer
Crust / Los Angeles
Ford Amphitheatre
Choreographer
Hysterica X / Los Angeles
Manhattan School of Music
Choreographer
Fits & Starts / New York
Helm Fine Arts Center
Choreographer
Sticks & Stones / Austin, TX
Highways
Choreographer
18th Birthday Celebration / Los Angeles
Central Library
Choreographer
Young Literati / Los Angeles
Brand Library
Choreographer
Rapture / Gendale, CA
McCallum Theatre Choreographer
Choreography
Festival / Palm Desert, CA
Open Fist Theatre
Choreographer
Rapture / Los Angeles
REDCAT
Choreographer
Studio Series / Los Angeles
Disney Hall
Choreographer
Wing on Wing / LA Phil / Los Angeles
Mayan
Choreographer
Erato Philharmonia / Los Angeles
Ivar Theater
Choreographer
Erato Philharmonia / Los Angeles
Joyce Soho
Choreographer
Dancenow / NYC Festival
Boston Court
Choreographer
Victorious / Pasadena

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

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