Christopher K. Morgan

Executive Artistic Director 

 

Christopher K. Morgan brings 25 years of international experience and artistic acclaim to his leadership roles as Executive Artistic Director of CKM&A, as Director of the Dance Residency Program at Art Omi, and as the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place. His Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international modern dance career that moved him from where he grew up in Orange County, California to San Diego, Munich, New York, London, Dublin and now to his current home, the Washington, D.C. metro area - all influence his work as an administrator, choreographer, educator, facilitator, curator and performer.

 

Christopher founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Said to be "charming and poignant” by The New York Times, his choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents and has addressed issues including sexuality, gender identity, race, climate change, immigration and water conservation.

Since 2006 he has directed the Dance Residency at Art Omi, an annual collaborative choreographers’ residency that takes place each summer in Ghent, New York. Christopher designed an utterly unique, process focused, international cultural exchange program, that fosters collaboration between international dance artists who would otherwise likely never met.  A sought after and gifted educator, academic posts have included faculty positions at the University of Maryland and American University in Washington D.C. He has taught at and staged work at over 30 conservatories and institutions of higher education throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America including the prestigious Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Italy, The Rosella Hightower School in Cannes, France, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and The Iwanson School in Munich, Germany.

Christopher’s performing career has been expansive, dancing for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Kevin Wynn and the Collection, Shapiro & Smith, Selfish Shellfish (Germany), Hernando Cortez, Pilobolus Creative Services, and Malashock Dance & Company, among many others.  He was a soloist with the Washington National, Houston Grand, and New York City Operas.  Christopher was in the original Olivier nominated cast of Fabulous Beast Dance Theater’s Giselle (Ireland), the original cast of David Gordon’s Bessie Award Winning Production FAMILY$DEATH@ART.COMedy, and the original cast of David Gordon’s National Endowment for the Arts Masterpiece Dancing Henry V.  Television and film credits include a PBS Great Performance for Washington National Opera, numerous television commercials, the lead role in the dance film Fallen Star, and dancing with Kate Winslet and Christopher Walken in John Turturro’s film Romance & Cigarettes.

 

His 2010 work +1/-1, commissioned by the US State Department and former repertory dance company CityDance (where he was Choreographer in Residence and Rehearsal Director from 2007-11), opened the Ramallah International Dance Festival and won the Dance Metro DC award for Outstanding New Work that year. Other awards include a 2014 and 2019 NPN Creation Fund Award, 2014 and 2020 NEFA National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant, the 2015 Montgomery County Outstanding Artist Award, 2011, 2014 and 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, an inaugural 2018 Native Launchpad Award from the Western Arts Alliance, and a 2019 Dance USA Fellowship for Artists. 

In August 2017 Christopher became the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place, a 40-year-old theater and school for dance in Washington, D.C.  This role has allowed Christopher to expand the ways in which he serves communities, artists and the dance field as he curates over 35 weekends of performances by national and international choreographers annually, oversees a school for youth and adults, youth enrichment programs, and continues Dance Place’s leadership as a nationally renown presenter and community arts center.

 

Frequently sought as a speaker, panelist, grants reviewer, and facilitator for an informed and balanced perspective, he has been at the forefront of national discussions on equity in the arts. 

He and his husband, opera director Kyle Lang, reside in Takoma Park, MD.

 

  © 2020 Christopher K. Morgan & Artists / Photos by Brianne Bland, Sareen Hairabedian, Mark Hoelscher, Jonathan Hsu, N Link Photography