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John de los Santos

Director and choreographer John de los Santos has been called a “brilliant combination of literary insight and choreographic creativity.” He has staged a range of productions that include opera, musicals, plays, ballet, concerts, variety shows, and workshop readings.

His extensive background as an actor and dancer has given him an incisive dramatic perspective that has yielded stagings hailed as “vivid theatre”, “stark and unflinching”, and “imaginative, very humorous, and sophisticated”. John’s productions across the United States include The Music Man for Utah Festival Opera, Carmina Burana for Minnesota’s Northern Lights Music Festival, Cendrillon for Kentucky Opera, María de Buenos Aires for Lexington Philharmonic, and Green Sneakers for the Southside Theatre at San Francisco’s historic Fort Mason Center. His choreography has also been seen at the Washington National, Florida Grand, Philadelphia, Des Moines Metro and Austin Lyric Opera Companies.

In 2003, he became the resident choreographer for the Fort Worth Opera, where his choreography has been seen in Rigoletto, Salome, La Traviata, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and the world premieres of Frau Margot and Before Night Falls. John then made his directing debut with the company with a 2009 production of Carmen, followed in 2011 by The Mikado. In 2010 he made his choreographic debut for the Dallas Opera with Don Giovanni. John has served on the directing faculty of the Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake, NY since 2005. In addition to his work as choreographer and a dramatic/movement coach, his productions at the Seagle Colony have included Anything Goes, Crazy for You, The Medium, The Fantasticks, The Mikado, LaBoheme, Guys & Dolls, and Brigadoon. John has also coached young artists with the Washington National, Fort Worth, and Des Moines Metro Opera Companies, directed theatre for Fort Worth Academy, held dance workshops with Kids Who Care, and served on the faculty of the KD Conservatory of Film and Dramatic Arts in Dallas. John is also the co-librettist for the new opera When Adonis Calls, currently being composed by Clint Borzoni.

John has directed and choreographed for a variety of acting companies and music ensembles across the Metroplex. These productions have included Ricky Ian Gordan’s Orpheus & Euridice for Voices of Change, Italienisches Liederbuch for Voces Intimae, The Tenderland and Cosi Fan Tutte for The Living Opera, Seussical for Kids Who Care, Spring Awakening for WaterTower Theatre, andMadonna/Madonna for the Turtle Creek Chorale. For the Dallas-based theatre company Uptown Players, choreographed the American premiere of the Pet Shop Boys musical Closer to Heaven, the regional premiere of Altar Boyz (for which John was awarded the DFW Critics Forum Award for Best Choreography), and directed and choreographed the regional premiere of Hello Again. John is originally from San Antonio, Texas, where he performed as a principal member of the Alamo City Dance Company, dancing in leading roles.

He then relocated to Fort Worth, Texas and received his BFA in Theatre/Film Performance & Direction from Texas Christian University.

In addition to his directing and choreography, John has also performed with various production companies in the DFW Metroplex including Lyric Stage, Casa Manana, Uptown Players, Theatre Three, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Theatre Britain, the Turtle Creek Chorale, and AMS Productions.

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