© Brianne Bland

© Brianne Bland

Christopher K. Morgan is the Artistic Director of contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, the Dance Artist in Residence in the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, and Director of the Dance Omi International Dance Collective, an annual collaborative residency for choreographers in New York. Christopher’s Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international modern dance career that moved him to Munich, Washington DC, New York, Dublin and London, all influence his choreography. Said to be "direct, transcendent and entrancing" by Pulitzer Prize winning dance critic Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post, his work has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents. The work has addressed issues including sexuality, gender identity, race, climate change, and water conservation. Christopher founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. His 2010 work +1/-1, commissioned by the US State Department and CityDance, opened the Ramallah International Dance Festival and won the Dance Metro DC award for Outstanding New Work that year.  Presenting highlights include The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), The Maly Theatre (Moscow, Russia), the Hong Kong Cultural Center (China), The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and the South Lawn of the White House.  Christopher has adjudicated for the American College Dance Festival and served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council and McKnight Foundation among others. Recent awards include a 2013 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship, 2014 NPN Creation Fund Award, a 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Solo Dance Performance, a 2014 National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant from NEFA and the 2015 Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award. www.christopherkmorgan.com