Maria Torres has an extensive professional career that spans the theatrical and commercial markets as a choreographer, director, performer, and beyond. Her Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban heritage has always inspired and informed her artistry, leading to the cultivation of “Latin Jazz” as a dance technique. Co-founder and Artistic Director of her non-profit organization MTEAF (Maria Torres Emerging Artists Foundation), continues to train, mentor, supervise, and develop performing artists worldwide.
Maria is a two-time Clio Award winner for her choreography and has worked with producers and directors at MTV, NBC, HBO, BBC, and Walt Disney. Favorite choreography credits include Associate Choreographer for the Tony-Nominated Musical On Your Feet; Lead Choreographer for Four Guys Named Jose (Lucille Lortel and Carbonelle award-nominated for Best Choreography – produced by Enrique Iglesias), Associate Choreographer for the Oscar-nominated film Enchanted, Choreographer for the contemporary reworking of Man of La Mancha (5th Avenue Theatre), Choreographer for Luis Valdes’ critically acclaimed revival of Zoot Suit for the 50th Anniversary of Center Theatre Group, and Associate Choreographer on the showcase for Tony award-winning musical, In The Heights. She is also an Artist in Residence at The Rosetta LeNoire Amas Musical Theater. Maria won two Choreography Festival Awards for her original pieces as guest choreographer of US National Fox’s show So You Think You Can Dance. She also worked two seasons on Canada’s So You Think You Can Dance. Two of her choreography were top best for the season. Her work spans dance, theater, and musical acts worldwide. Such as working with music icons Don Omar and Enrique Iglesias. Creative direction and choreographer for programs Latin Billboard Awards, NBC’s Radio City’s reopening gala NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Amazon’s The Tick, co-conceiving, choreographer and director of the musical Magic Of Salsa Kingdom and the Off-Broadway hit Latin Heat. Torres is an executive board member of the Stage of Directors and Choreographers Society, the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Actor’s Equity Association, and the Screen Actors Guild. Board member of the critically acclaimed ENGARDE Arts.