Maria Torres, Broadway Choreographer, New York
Maria Torres is an acclaimed Choreographer and Director with extensive experience in theater, film, and television, and a background in performance.
As an award-winning performer, Torres graced both the Broadway stage and the silver screen, in such distinguished projects as the filmDance with Me starring Vanessa Williams; the hit 6 time Tony nominated B'way musical Swing!; Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth at the Public Theater, and at the legendary Radio City Music Hall, among numerous other credits working with directors/choreographers including Jerry Zaks, Diane Paulus and Sergio Trujillo.
Behind the scenes, Torres is a two-time Cleo Award Winner for her choreography, with multiple nominations for others, and has worked with producers and directors at MTV, NBC, HBO, BBC and Walt Disney. She is also most currently developing an original cutting-edge multimedia production "Pasion" as Artist in Residence at c3; Associate Choreography for the critically acclaimed Broadway production "On Your Feet!"; choreographing a full length feature film with Guy Guido"Loving Brooklyn"; and working on The Collective project. Her choreography is also featured in the feature film "Fugly" with John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and Radha Michell and in the upcoming season finale of AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies (Season 3).
Maria has also established a flourishing legacy as an instructor, developing Latin Jazz as its own style, and introducing it into the dance studio environment, which has since been studied throughout the world. On faculty and as a special guest instructor and choreographer she has worked with prestigious dance organizations including but not limited to Broadway Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Julliard and Alvin Ailey.
As a philanthropist, Maria has a strong desire to encourage aspiring artists and create connections between supporting organizations that will essentially give back to youth and her own Latina roots. In establishing the Maria Torres Emerging Artist Foundation (MTEAF), she has been able to create unique opportunities for both students in underprivileged communities as well as determined professional youth to experience the performing arts at the highest of levels. Maria is very much focused on building a solid network with partnerships that will uplift, inspire and "pay it forward". .