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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 Zealand; and choreographed the new hit musical CUBA LIBRE at Artists Repertory Theater. Garcia's work is described as ‘enormous, emotive, and furiously political.’ -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 Productions

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

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Guthrie Theater to Present Free Actor Training Intensive For Twin Cities Artists

The Guthrie Theater is accepting applications for Guthrie Actors Lab, a free, three-week professional training intensive for early to mid-career artists based in the Twin Cities.
Harlem Stage Reveals 2024 Cohort of WaterWorks Emerging Artists

Harlem Stage has announced the five artists selected as 2024 WaterWorks Emerging Artists. Learn more about the artists here!
Perelman Performing Arts Center to Present IS IT THURSDAY YET? & More Dance Programming

The Perelman Performing Arts Center will present Is It Thursday Yet?, The March, and Motion/Matter: Street Dance Festival at the new performing arts center at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. 
Cast Set for World Premiere of SUGAR HILL: THE ELLINGTON/STRAYHORN NUTCRACKER

The complete cast has been set for the world premiere of Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.
Industry Concert YBOR CITY: THE MUSICAL to Tackle Themes of Racism and Unionism

Discover the powerful themes of racism and unionism in the exclusive industry concert and dramaturgy residency of 'YBOR CITY: THE MUSICAL.' Don't miss this timely exploration of unity among workers and the fight against exploitative labor conditions.
Harlem Stage Announces 2023 WaterWorks Emerging Artists Cohort

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 Theater Center

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?

As we focus on the Tony nominations announcement on Monday, you may be wondering – 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!

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

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 Hip Historical Romp Through the Aztec Empire

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 Mysterious Letter from Agnes De Mille

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 at Montclair State

'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

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

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.
Peak Performances Kicks Off Season with Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera

Peak Performances kicks off its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of Hatuey: Memory of Fire, a rousing Afro-Cuban-Yiddish opera performed in English, Yiddish and Spanish, with music by Frank London, libretto by Elise Thoron, direction by Mary Birnbaum, and choreography by Maija Garcia.
VIDEO: First Look at WEST SIDE STORY At The Guthrie

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

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.
BWW Review: After Sixty Years, Guthrie's WEST SIDE STORY Still Sparks Cultural Controversy

On stage the past weekend, Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater opened a production of of the iconic musical West Side Story in the Wurtlele Thrust Stage. The following Tuesday, June 26, the United States Supreme Court upheld the country's travel ban for seven countries, mainly located in the Middle East, on strict rules governing their admittance to the U.S. On Thursday, another shooting happened near Annapolis, Maryland, killing five people when a gunman opened fire through a glass door at a small newspaper office. In a powerful scene during this opening of West Side Story, the character of Doc addresses one of the two rival gangs named the Jets when they host a war council in his drug store: “Why do you live like there's a war on? Why do you kill?'
Photo Flash: Guthrie Theater Presents Major Revival Of WEST SIDE STORY

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.

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