Maija Garcia

Maija Garcia. Director, Organic Magnetics

Maija Garcia is a director, choreographer, educator and entrepreneur. Garcia founded Organic Magnetics, a theater arts organization producing live multi-media installations using sustainable innovation to create transformative experiences.  In 2012 Organic Magnetics presented Ghosts of Manhattan: 1512-2012, an interactive history in NYC’s Fort Tryon Park, directed a performance program with students at a Harlem high school and curated an interactive art installation for the New York Live Arts Gala.

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 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/American Music Theater Project; and Organic Magnetics productions- 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.

With 15 years of professional experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director, Maija devises original work that transforms urban environments by expanding cultural dialogue and sustainable innovation through collaboration.  Currently, Maija is adjunct faculty in New York University’s graduate acting program and choreographer in residence at Long Island University.  Garcia teaches contemporary dance at Steps on Broadway in New York City and offers transformative theater workshops internationally.