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Maija Garcia is a Cuban-American director and choreographer based in Harlem. In 2015 Garcia served as director of movement and choreography on Spike Lee’s latest film Chi-Raq. In the same year she directed Salsa, Mambo Cha Cha Cha in Havana; premiered FELA! The Concert in Australia and New ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2012]
Creative Director
Associate Choreographer
 
[West End, 2010]
Associate Choreographer
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Associate Choreographer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
Associate Choreographer

Maija Garcia Biography

Maija Garcia is a Cuban-American director and choreographer based in Harlem. In 2015 Garcia served as director of movement and choreography on Spike Lee‚Äôs latest film Chi-Raq. In the same year she directed Salsa, Mambo Cha Cha Cha in Havana; premiered FELA! The Concert in Australia and New Zealand; and choreographed the new hit musical CUBA LIBRE at Artists Repertory Theater. Garcia's work is described as ‚Äėenormous, emotive, and furiously political.‚Äô -Portland Mercury
Associate Choreographer to Bill T. Jones in developing the Tony award winning musical FELA! on Broadway and at the National Theater of London, Garcia became Creative Director of FELA! World Tours in the US, Europe and Africa.
Stage credits include director/choreographer, The Legend of Yauna featuring Zap Mama at BAM; choreographer, Fats Waller Dance Party with Jason Moran and Meshell N’degeocello at Harlem Stage, Kennedy Center and Chicago Jazz Festival; curator, Spring Bash installation for New York Live Arts; and assistant director/musical staging, Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at the Public Theater. Film credits include Angelique Kidjo PBS special; Seun Kuti music video RISE; FELA! TV Commercial; and features on Colbert Report, The View, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Garcia's signature storytelling integrates live music, interactive design and historical narrative with visceral movement. She founded Organic Magnetics www.organicmagnetics.com to produce live, interactive installations by sustainable design. Garcia co-wrote and directed I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez at El Museo del Barrio; and directed Ghosts of Manhattan: 1512-2012, an interactive history at Fort Tryon Park.
A member of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Garcia is represented by Olivier Sultan at CAA, Creative Artists Agency.





Maija Garcia News

Harlem Stage Announces 2023 WaterWorks Emerging Artists Cohort Photo Harlem Stage Announces 2023 WaterWorks Emerging Artists Cohort
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 10, 2023

Harlem Stage has announced the 2023 cohort for its WaterWorks Emerging Artists program.

Applications Now Open For the 2023 National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Photo Applications Now Open For the 2023 National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
by Stephi Wild - Jan 11, 2023

The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center has announced that applications are now open for the 2023 National Puppetry Conference. Submissions will be accepted until Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at 11:59pm PST.

Industry Editor Exclusive: Who Are the 2022 Tony Nominators? Photo Industry Editor Exclusive: Who Are the 2022 Tony Nominators?
by Cara Joy David - May 8, 2022

As we focus on the Tony nominations announcement on Monday, you may be wondering ‚Äď who does the nominating? This year over 50% of the announced nominators will not in fact be nominating anyone. There are now only 29 essential players in the Tony nominator pool.

PARADISE SQUARE Earns More TBA Award Nominations Than Any New Musical; Full List! Photo PARADISE SQUARE Earns More TBA Award Nominations Than Any New Musical; Full List!
by Stephi Wild - Sep 21, 2019

Theatre Bay Area, one of the largest regional performing arts service organizations in North America, has announced the finalists of the 2019 TBA Awards. The sixth-annual TBA Awards Celebration will take place on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco).

Breaking: Tony Awards Announces 2019-2020 Nominating Committee Photo Breaking: Tony Awards Announces 2019-2020 Nominating Committee
by Nicole Rosky - Jun 18, 2019

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today the Nominating Committee for the 2019-2020 Broadway season. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

BWW Review: KISS MY AZTEC! at Berkeley Repertory Theatre is  a Hilarious, Socially Hi Photo BWW Review: KISS MY AZTEC! at Berkeley Repertory Theatre is a Hilarious, Socially Hip Historical Romp Through the Aztec Empire
by Steve Murray - Jun 18, 2019

BWW Review: KISS MY AZTEC! at Berkeley Repertory Theatre is a Hilarious, Socially Hip Historical Romp Through the Aztec Empire

Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Calls for Choreography Inspired By Myster Photo Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Calls for Choreography Inspired By Mysterious Letter from Agnes De Mille
by Nicole Rosky - Sep 24, 2018

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the independent, not-for-profit affiliate of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, today announced unique plans for its 2019 award evening, which will feature original choreographic pieces resulting from a special commissioning program, with the application period now open. SDCF also announced that Victoria Traube would receive a special 'Mr. Abbott' Award at the event, to be held March 25 at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF).

BWW Review: In Any Language, the London-Thoron HATUEY Brings Fire to Kasser Theatre a Photo BWW Review: In Any Language, the London-Thoron HATUEY Brings Fire to Kasser Theatre at Montclair State
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 21, 2018

'A Ukrainian Jew walked into a bar in Havana....' Wait, haven't I heard this one before? Not by a longshot. HATUEY: MEMORY OF FIRE, the opera by Frank London and Elise Thoron, performed in Yiddish, English and Spanish, is a unique work that ambitiously crosses many creative lines in a work inspired by a kind of Yiddish epic poem.

Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Announces Annual Gala Photo Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Announces Annual Gala
by Julie Musbach - Sep 19, 2018

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF), the independent, not-for-profit affiliate of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, today announced unique plans for its 2019 award evening, which will feature original choreographic pieces resulting from a special commissioning program, with the application period now open. SDCF also announced that Victoria Traube would receive a special 'Mr. Abbott' Award at the event, to be held March 25 at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF).

Martyna Majok, Daphne-Rubin Vega, Among 2018-2019 Tony Awards Nominating Committee Photo Martyna Majok, Daphne-Rubin Vega, Among 2018-2019 Tony Awards Nominating Committee
by Julie Musbach - Sep 5, 2018

The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today the Nominating Committee for the 2018-2019 Broadway season. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Maija Garcia Videos

VIDEO: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie

by Stage Tube - Jul 2, 2018

The Guthrie Theater presents West Side Story. Directed by Haj, this major revival of a timeless classic will play June 16 - August 26, 2018, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets for West Side Story start at $15 for preview performances (June 16-21) and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, 877.44.STAGE (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.

VIDEO: Preview WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie With Marc Koeck Videoplay
VIDEO: Preview WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie With Marc Koeck

by Alan Henry - Jun 29, 2018

The Guthrie Theater presents West Side Story. Directed by Haj, this major revival of a timeless classic will play June 16 - August 26, 2018, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage. Single tickets for West Side Story start at $15 for preview performances (June 16-21) and are on sale now through the Box Office at 612.377.2224, 877.44.STAGE (toll-free), 612.225.6244 (group sales) and online at guthrietheater.org.