NY Times deemed Mr. Wheeldon "high on the list of ballet's most important living choreographers." 2015 Tony Award Winner for Best Choreography for An American in Paris, where he was also nominated for Best Direction. Choreography: New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, Joffrey Ballet. Notable works: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, After the Rain, The Winter's Tale. Emmy Award: "Strictly Bolshoi." Other honors: Gold Medal Prix de Lausanne, SAB Mae L. Wien Award, Martin E Segal Award, London Critics Circle Award, American Choreography Award, Olivier Award, Dance Magazine Award. Mr. Wheeldon is choreographing the upcoming Brigadoon at NY City Center in the fall of 2017.
A talent among stars, Mr. Gattelli is a performer, choreographer and director. He won the 2012 Tony, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk Awards for Newsies and received Tony nominations for South Pacific and The King & I. He won 3 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Choreographer for Altar Boyz, Bat Boy: The Musical, and Dogfight. Mr. Gattelli also choreographed Channing Tatum in HAIL, CAESAR, and upcoming Broadway show SpongeBob Squarepants, My Fair Lady, and The Cher Show.
Ms. Latarro most recently choreographed Broadway's Waitress,
Les Dangerous Liaisons, Waiting for Godot, and is the Associate Choreographer of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. As a performer, she has over 14 Broadway shows to her credit including Fosse, A Chorus Line and Movin Out. A passionate activist, Ms. LaTarro is the founder of ArtAmmo.org, Artists Against Gun Violence. She is a BFA graduate and adjunct professor at The Juilliard School.
KAI Collective is proud to have three time Tony Award winner for Best Choreography Andy Blankenbuehler (Bandstand, Hamilton, and In the Heights). Other Tony Award nominations include Bring It On (where he was director and choreographer) and 9 to 5. Mr. Blankenbuehler choreographed the 2016 revival of CATS, as well the revival of Annie. His worked has been appeared on television on ABC’s remake of Dirty Dancing, So You Think You Can Dance, and America’s Got Talent. He directed, choreograhed, and co-conceived the production "Nights on Broadway" at Caesars Palace, and has staged concert work for Elton John and Bette Midler. Other honors: Astaire Award, Barrymore Award, Drama Desk Award, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award.
Sergio Trujillo is an internationally recognized choreographer and the recipient of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best Theater Choreography for Memphis – The Musical and a 2016 Tony Award nominee for choreography for the musical On Your Feet!. In 2011, Mr. Trujillo had the honor of having four shows simultaneously running on Broadway: Tony Award winning Best Musical Memphis (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk and Astaire Award nominations), Tony and Olivier Award winning Best Musical Jersey Boys (Greenroom Award, Drama Desk, Dora, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), The Addams Family, and Next to Normal, the recipient of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Trujillo also choreographed A Bronx Tale, Hands on Hardbody, Leap of Faith, Guys and Dolls, All Shook Up, and the National Tour of Flashdance the Musical. Mr. Trujillo is a 4 time Drama Desk Award nominee.
KAI Collective is thrilled to have celebrated teacher and choreographer Marguerite Derricks on the board. Ms. Derricks is the only choreographer to win three consecutive Emmy Awards (3rd Rock from the Sun , Fame LA, and the 1998 Goodwill Games). Film choreography: Austin Powers I-III, Donnie Darko, Little Miss Sunshine, Charlie's Angels, Spider Man 3, Tropic Thunder, Fame (2009). She has choreographed for theater and television as well, and became famous and increased her reputation for an advertisement for The Gap. A former ballerina, Ms. Derricks was the choreographer of the famed Teen Company Generation Next in Los Angeles.