Los Angeles-based Kitty McNamee is a highly regarded choreographer and director working across media. McNamee earned 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 work has been enriched by collaborations with composers, filmmakers, directors and writers on live performance, TV and film projects.
Kitty has a long and fruitful relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she has choreographed, directed and developed new productions including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing. She collaborated with music icon Easy Mike to create a new hip/hop ballet On the Waterfront for Muse/ique. Opera credits include Tales of Hoffman, Lucia di Lammermoor, Don Carlo and La Rondine for LA Opera; La Traviata for LA Opera, San Francisco Opera and San Diego Opera; and Romeo and Juliette for LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Concert stage work includes RIFT commissioned by Marin Alsop and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, colony for LA Ballet (both composed by Anna Clyne) and the creation of the new ballets Traces and Transit for National Choreographer’s Initiative.
Recent highlights include 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 has loved getting down and dirty choreographing Beautiful and Twisted, Petals on the Wind and Lizzie Borden for Lifetime. She has created movement for music artists Laura Marling, Belly, Fono, Josh Kelley, Kait Weston, Kinky, Hecuba, Nicole Turley, Henry Wolfe, and Ariana Delawari.