Kitty McNamee is a highly regarded choreographer, earning distinction from Dance Magazine as an artist with “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality." Ms. McNamee is the artistic director of Hysterica Dance Co. a consistently prolific and invigorating force in the LA dance community. Recent highlights with Hysterica include Minimalist Jukebox with The LA Philharmonic at Disney Hall, hysterica x (celebrating the company's 10th anniversary) at the Ford Amphitheatre and performances at REDCAT, LACMA, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Highways. Kitty's work includes original productions for LA Ballet, LA Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and LA Philharmonic. She also brings her passion and unique voice to tv, film and live performances. Known for her ability to draw out sophisticated, engaging performances, she has coached and choreographed for Julianne Hough, Margaret Cho, Vanessa Williams, Vittorio Grigolo, Lily Tomlin, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, the boys of 90210 and the ladies of the L-Word.
Hysterica Dance Co. has performed extensively in the Southland and nationally at the Joyce Soho (dancenow/NYC), the Manhattan School of Music, d.u.m.b.o. dance festival NY, WHITE WAVE Performance Space NY, and at Helm’s Fine Arts Center in Austin, TX. California performances include studio @ REDCAT, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ford Amphitheatre, LACMA, Highways Performance Space, Brand Library, Alex Theater, Sushi Performance and Visual Art Gallery in San Diego, James Armstrong Theater, Cal State Northridge and the Choreography Under the Stars Festival in Palm Springs. The company has been featured in articles in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Daily News, Coast Magazine, Daily Candy, New York Magazine and Frontiers, and has been a top ten pick in Los Angeles Magazine. Hysterica Dance Co. was nominated for a Lester Horton Award for ‘Best Performance by a Company” for their July 2002 performance of “Sticks & Stones” at the Ford Amphitheatre and again for their performance in “Split” in April 2005 and “Rapture” in 2007.