Maija Garcia

Maija Garcia is a director, choreographer, educator and entrepreneur.  Garcia founded Organic Magnetics to create transformative experiences that encourage cross-cultural dialogue.  OM employs sustainable innovation to produce live multi-media installations.  In 2012 Organic Magnetics presented Ghosts of Manhattan: 1512-2012, an interactive history in NYC’s Fort Tryon Park and curated an interactive art installation for the New York Live Arts Gala.  In 2014, OM presents I Am New York: Juan Rodriguez, a musical about New York’s first immigrant, at El Museo del Barrio.

Creative Director of FELA! Garcia worked alongside Bill T. Jones as Associate Choreographer to develop the Tony award winning musical off-Broadway (2008), on Broadway (2009), at National Theater of London (2010), and in Lagos Nigeria (2011).  Garcia is the director/choreographer of the international touring production (2011-2013).

Garcia’s stage collaborations include The Legend of Yauna, (2013) featuring Zap Mama at BAM Fisher, A tribute to Fats Waller (2011/2012) with composers Jason Moran and Meshell N’degeocello at The Gatehouse/Harlem Stage; Neighbors (2010) directed by Niegel Smith at the Public Theater; Not Wanted On The Voyage (2010) directed by Amanda Dehnert at Northwestern University;  Ghosts of Manhattan (2012); YaYa Dreams A Future (2010) and Volcano’s Birthright{s} (2009).

Maija’s Film and TV credits include choreograpy for Seun Kuti’s music video RISE; Angelique Kidjo’s Move on Up, PBS Special and BET Honors; FELA! television commercial; special features on Colbert Report, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The View and a staging of FELA!’s Zombie on So You Think You Can Dance, Canada.

Dancer, teacher, choreographer, writer and director, Maija devises original work that transforms urban environments.  Her work evokes a spiritual connection among artistic collaborators and audiences, encouraging cross-cultural dialogue.  Her passion of arts education  inspires a theater arts program at A. Philip Randolph High School in Harlem where she serves as artistic director.  Garcia is an adjunct professor in the department of Theater and Speech at City College of New York, teaches contemporary dance at Steps on Broadway and offers transformative theater workshops internationally.