About 

Kelli Edwards (she/hers) is a director, choreographer, dance and movement teacher, and performer who has been working in the greater Boston area for over two decades. She has directed and choreographed for the Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, The Christmas Revels, Stoneham Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Brandeis Theatre Company, Institute of Contemporary Art, Oberon, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex and the West End Theatre (NYC). 

Kelli has been the director of the dance program at Milton Academy since 2001, and currently serves as Chair of Performing Arts. She has regularly directed and taught young artists at Middlesex School Summer Arts. Her work with young people emphasizes inclusivity, creative collaboration, and the encouragement of each individual to take risks and move to their full potential. As the director of the Winter Dance Concert at Milton Academy, Kelli has mentored countless choreographers and dancers, overseeing almost 100 students every year, including many first-time dancers. Under her leadership, the annual Dance Concert has become a flagship artistic event of the year.

Kelli co-directs and performs with Dances by Isadora - Boston, a dance company dedicated to exploring, preserving, and sharing the repertoire and technique of pioneer  Isadora Duncan. She has taught master classes in Duncan technique at Tufts University, UMASS Amherst, and other area colleges and has choreographed new work for the company, reinterpreting the principles of early modern dance for the twenty-first century. 

 

Kelli received her B.F.A in Dance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City - Conservatory of Music and her M.F.A. in Choreography from Smith College. 

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Photo by David Costa

Photo by David Costa

Directing and Choreography
(Selections)

1776 - New Repertory Theatre

Co-director with Austin Pendleton

Into the Woods - Brandeis Theatre Company

Co-director with Maurice Emmanuel Parent

Les Miserable - Middlesex School Summer Arts

Hairspray - Milton Academy

Urinetown - Middlesex School Summer Arts

Footloose - Middlesex School Summer Arts

City of Angels - Milton Academy

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Milton Academy

Co-director with Robert St. Laurence

Choreography
(Selections)

Fiddler on the Roof - New Repertory Theatre

Austin Pendleton, director

Christmas Revels - Sanders Theatre

Patrick Swanson, director

2017 and 2019

RENT - New Repertory Theatre

Benjamin Evett, director

The Wild Party - New Repertory Theatre

Rick Lombardo, director

Elliot Norton Nomination Best Choreography

A Confederacy of Dunces - Huntington Theatre Company

David Esbjornson, director

In the Jungle of Cities - American Repertory Theatre

Robert Woodruff, director

Cabaret - New Repertory Theatre

Rick Lombardo, director

The Secret Garden - Stoneham Theatre

Caitlin Lowans/Weylin Symes, directors

The Hot Mikado - New Repertory Theatre

Kate Warner, director

IRNE Award Best Choreography

Cabaret - Brandeis Theatre Company

Steven Bogart, director

Ragtime - New Repertory Theatre

Rick Lombardo, director

A Marvelous Party - American Repertory Theatre

Scott Edmiston, director

Web-Series
Dance Choreography
and Performance (Selections)

Dances by Isadora - Co-Director. Performances in New York City, Jacob’s Pillow, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Connecticut, Vermont. 

Serenade for String Bikini - Dance Now/Boston, Oberon - Choreographer; commissioned by David Parker and The Bang Group.

This is What We’re Doing Now - Soaking Wet/West End Theatre, NYC Choreographer and performer; The Bang Group, producers. 

Mon Coeur - Ten’s the Limit/ICA Boston -Choreographer and performer.

NUT/CRACKED - Boston Center for the Arts - performer with David Parker and The Bang Group. 

Dancing-on-View - ICA Boston - performed with choreographer Sara Rudner.

Film

Baby Dance  - Marblehead Film Festival - director, choreographer and performer.

Education

Smith College - M.F.A. in Choreography

University of Missouri-Kansas City/Conservatory of Music - B.F.A. in Dance

Significant study with Marcus Schulkind, Zvi Gotheiner, Paul Taylor School, Tatiana Dokoudovska, Leni Wylliams.