Christopher K. Morgan
Executive Artistic Director
Christopher Kaui Morgan (he/him) is a choreographer, educator, facilitator, curator, and arts administrator whose Native Hawaiian ancestry and wide-ranging international performance career influence all aspects of his work.
Christopher is the Vice President of Programming at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (the MACC), where he curates dozens of music, dance, and theater performances each year, oversees the Schaefer International Gallery, and a robust arts education program that serves thousands of Hawai'i youth, adults, and arts educators each year. Prior to joining the MACC, Christopher served as Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place, in Washington, D.C. from 2017-2021, stewarding the organization through the triple pandemics of 2020-2021 maintaining the entire staff with no layoffs or furloughs and continuing to pay artists and teachers. At Dance Place he oversaw the curation of 35+ weekends of performances and artist-centered projects annually, The Dance Place School for youth and adults, a 50 person staff and faculty, and Dance Place’s role as a neighborhood community arts center and nationally prominent performing arts presenter.
Christopher founded dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, (CKM&A) in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. His artistry and the company have been recognized with fellowships and grants from the New England Foundation for the Arts, National Performance Network, Creative Capital, Dance USA, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and The Western Arts Alliance. Teaching credits include American University (2011-14), the BA and MFA programs at the University of Maryland (2014-17) and residencies at over 20 conservatories and institutions of higher learning in the US and abroad. Since 2006 Christopher has also directed Art Omi: Dance, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in New York.
Known as a thoughtful advocate for cultural integrity, inclusivity, and a diversity in representation in the studio and on stage., Christopher was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden and confirmed by Congress on March 15, 2022 to be a member of the National Council on the Arts. Christopher also serves on the board of the National Performance Network, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ Equitable Partnership Working Group, and the Western Arts Alliance's Advancing Indigenous Performance Committee. He lives in Makawao, Hawai'i with his husband, opera director Kyle Lang.