DIRECTOR, CHOREOGRAPHER, PRODUCER
Maria Torres is an acclaimed Choreographer and Director with extensive experience in theater, film, and television, and a background in performance. She is of Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Cuban heritage which is a great foundation for her endless talents.
As an award-winning performer, Torres graced both the Broadway stage and the silver screen, in such distinguished projects as the film Dance 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. Early in her performing career, she was already contributing to many of her projects as a specialty choreographer/director.
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. Choreography credits include: lead choreographer for Lucille Lortel and Carbonelle Award (nominated for best choreography) “Four Guys Named Jose” (produced by Enrique Iglesias), associate choreographer for the Oscar nominated film Enchanted, contributing choreographer and lead performer in Broadway’s Swing, and associate choreographer on showcase for Tony award winning In The Heights. As guest choreographer on the fan-favorite So You Think You Can Dance, Torres won two Choreography Festival Awards for her original pieces.
As a director in her own right, Torres brings to life dance, theater, and musical acts, working with worldwide music icons like Don Omar and Enrique Iglesias, directing individual pieces such as the finale number of the internationally televised Latin Billboard Awards, and co-conceiving, choreographing and directing full length works including the “Magic Of Salsa Kingdom” and the Off-Broadway hit Latin Heat. Torres is an Artist-in-Residence at The Rosetta LeNoire Amas Musical Theater, Proud Member of Society Directors and Choreographers, AEA, SAG/AFTRA and League of Professional Theatre Women. 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 was also spotlighted in the feature film “Fugly” with John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and Radha Mitchell as well as on popular TV show Americas Got Talent.
Maria is also a philanthropist with 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 Artists 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. Many of her latest projects including the dynamic new podcast “Hourglass: Time To Talk” with producing partner Giovanna Aguilar offers insight into the professional performing arts industry while focusing on personal connections to humanity and to life. Maria is very much focused on building a solid network with partnerships that will uplift, inspire and “pay it forward”.