Kitty McNamee is a highly regarded choreographer and director working across media.
She earned distinction from Dance Magazine as an artist with “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality.” She began her career as the Artistic Director of Hysterica Dance Co., a consistently prolific and creative collective that redefined dance in Los Angeles. Her work has been enriched by collaborations with composers, filmmakers and writers on live performance, TV, and film projects. Opera credits include The Tales of Hoffmann, 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 et Juliette for LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago.
She has a long and fruitful relationship with the LA Philharmonic, where she has choreographed, directed and developed new productions including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing. Kitty collaborated with music icon Easy Mike to create a new hip/hop ballet of On the Waterfront. Recent work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Firebird for the LA Philharmonic, Target’s “A New Kind of Strong” campaign, 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. She has created movement for music artists Laura Marling, Belly, Fono, Josh Kelley, Kait Weston, Kinky, Hecuba, Nicole Turley, Henry Wolfe and Ariana Delawari.
Kitty has loved getting down and dirty choreographing Beautiful and Twisted, Petals on the Wind and Lizzie Borden for Lifetime. Concert stage work includes ten years as Artistic Director and Choreographer for Hysterica Dance Co., commissions by Marin Alsop and Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Shift Festival/Kennedy Center, Muse/ique, LACMA, Erato Philharmonia, National Choreographer's Initiative and LA Ballet.