Okada Kimi

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Classical Ballet / Artistic Director

Kimi Okada, Associate Choreographer/School Director, is a founding member of ODC and Associate Choreographer for ODC/Dance, for whom she has choreographed some 25 works. Her work includes commissions and collaborations with Geoff Hoyle, Bill Irwin, Julie Taymor, Robin Williams, Edward Barnes, Camden Richman and Keith Terry. She has choreographed theatrical productions for Yale Repertory Theater, The New Victory Theater in New York, The Children’s Theater Company for Minneapolis, Theatre for a New Audience in New York, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The American Music Theater Festival, The Santa Fe Opera, Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, The Pickle Family Circus, and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. She was nominated for a Tony award for the Broadway production of Largely New York, which she co-choreographed with Bill Irwin, originally produced at City Center in New York, with subsequent productions at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She was also the recipient of a Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award for Best Choreography for The Caucasian Chalk Circle. In addition to choreographic work in television and film, she was a member of the group Commotion, a performing arts consultancy group for computer animators. Okada has been the past recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, a panelist for the Endowment, the California Arts Council, and the Seattle Arts Commission, and was recently honored with a California State Legislature Assembly Resolution citing choreographic and community contributions. She is also the Director of the teen dance company, the ODC Dance Jam.

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