Christopher K. Morgan
Christopher K. Morgan (he/him/his) is Executive Artistic Director of Dance Place in Washington, DC, where he curates over 35 weekends of performances annually, oversees a school for youth and adults, and continues Dance Place’s role as a neighborhood community arts center and nationally prominent performing arts presenter. Morgan’s leadership at Dance Place is deeply connected to his identity as an advocate for cultural integrity and broad-ranging representation from the community, in the classroom, and onstage.
Born in Orange County, CA, his Native Hawaiian ancestry and wide-ranging international performance career influence all aspects of his work. Morgan founded his contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Called “direct, transcendent and entrancing” by the Washington Post, his choreography has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents. Awards include a 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowship, 2014 and 2019 NPN Creation Funds, 2014 and 2019 New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Production Grants, an inaugural 2018 Native Launchpad Award from the Western Arts Alliance, and a 2019 Dance/USA Fellowship to Artists. Teaching credits include American University (2011–14), the BA and MFA programs at the University of Maryland (2014–17), and residencies at over 20 conservatories and institutions of higher learning in the US and abroad.
Since 2006 Christopher has directed Art Omi: Dance, an annual collaborative residency for international choreographers in New York, where he created an utterly unique international cultural exchange program. Frequently sought as a speaker and grants reviewer for an informed and balanced perspective, he has been at the forefront of national discussions on equity in the arts. He lives in Washington, DC, with his husband, opera director Kyle Lang.