Christopher Morgan

Executive Artistic Director

Dance Place

Christopher K. Morgan is the Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, DC, where he oversees the curation of 40 weekends of performances by national and international choreographers annually, a school for youth and adults, youth enrichment programs and continues Dance Place’s leadership in creative placemaking. He is the Artistic & Executive Director of contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A) and the Director of Art Omi: Dance, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in Ghent, New York. Born in Orange County, CA, Christopher’s Native Hawaiian ancestry and a diverse, international performance career that moved him to San Diego, Munich, New York, Dublin and London all influence his work as an administrator, choreographer, educator, facilitator, curator and performer. Said to be "direct, transcendent and entrancing" by The Washington Post, his choreography has been presented in 18 countries on five continents. Morgan founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Awards include a 2013 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship in Dance, 2014 NPN Creation Fund, 2014 NEFA National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant, 2015 Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award and 2011, 2014 and 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, and one of three inaugural 2018 Native Launchpad Awards from the Western Arts Alliance. Christopher taught at American University (Washington, DC) from 2011-14, and in the BA and MFA programs at the University of Maryland from 2014-2017, and residencies at over 20 institutions of higher learning in the US and abroad. In demand as a speaker, panelist and grants reviewer for his informed and balanced perspective, Morgan has recently been at the forefront of national and international discussions on cultural appropriation and equity. He resides in Washington, DC with his husband, opera director Kyle Lang.

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