Christopher K. Morgan

Artistic & Executive Director 

 

Christopher K. Morgan brings over 20 years of international experience and high artistic acclaim to his leadership roles as Artistic & Executive Director of CKM&A, as Director of the Dance Omi International Dance Collective, and as the newly appointed Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington D.C. His Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international modern dance career that moved him from where he grew up in Orange County, CA to San Diego, Munich, New York, London, Dublin and now our nation’s capitol 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 Omi International Dance Collective, an annual collaborative choreographers’ residency in New York that is at the cutting edge of international collaboration. A sought after and gifted educator, past academic posts include 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, and Pilobolus Creative Services, 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, the original cast of David Gordon’s Bessie Award Winning Production FAMILY$DEATH@ART.COMedy and the original cast of David Gordon’s NEA Masterpiece Dancing Henry V.  Television and film credits include a PBS Great Performance with Placido Domingo, and on film 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 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 NPN Creation Fund Award, 2014 NEFA National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant, the 2015 Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award and 2011, 2014 and 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards.

In May 2017 Christopher was named the new Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place, a 37-year-old dance institution in Washington, D.C.  This role will allow Christopher to expand the ways in which he serves communities, artists and the dance field as he curates 45 weekends of performances by national and international choreographers annually, oversees a school for youth and adults, youth enrichment programs and continues Dance Place’s national leadership in creative placemaking. Thanks to the informed and well-balanced perspective he is able to bring to his work, Christopher has long been in demand as a speaker, panelist and grants reviewer, including most recently being at the forefront of national and international discussions on cultural appropriation, diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

He and his husband, opera director Kyle Lang, reside in Washington, DC. 

 

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