MK Lawson is me! I’m gonna write this bio in first person. I’ve been working as a choreographer, director, and actor in and around New York for almost 10 years -- which comes out to about 50 production babies! In life I’m drawn to things that are simple and honest, which happens to be how I like to approach my work too — I find that the beauty of a thing radiates the most that way. I’ve choreographed over 20 productions for NYU, including the Marvin Hamlisch tribute production of Sweet Smell of Success and the New York premiere of The Fix. As a director/choreographer, I’ve staged some scrappy and inventive productions including my pride and joy, a gender-bent version of The Drowsy Chaperone (keep your eyes open — coming back to NYC in an immersive production near you Spring 2020!). I’ve been lucky enough to be in rooms with artists like Bobby and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Lisa Loeb, Robin Schiff, and Dean Pitchford, and to have developed work with emerging peers like Rob Rokicki, Joe Iconis and Joey Contreras. I’ve directed and choreographed productions for the New York Children's Theatre Festival, The NY Fringe Festival, a handful of regional companies, and the prestigious Atlantic Theatre Company. I’ve also spent a lot of time helping young people cultivate their passion and skill for musical theatre, both as a freelance teaching artist and served on the Adjunct Music Theatre Faculty at NYU Steinhardt. While at Steinhardt I directed and choreographed the Undergraduate Industry Showcases and NYU New Student Cabarets. After a party of a time re-mounting Rock of Ages for it’s 10-year Anniversary Revival, I continue to work (and treasure my time) with Tony nominee Kristin Hanggi as her Associate on a number of works in development.
The work I’m drawn to will have a strong feminist component and / or queer elements, and if it doesn’t I will tend to find it or see if I can make room for it. I believe we are at a moment in which representation on stage and off is critical in shifting our collective consciousness around women, and other systemically disenfranchised human beings. I’m interested in how theatre can help people heal in mind and spirit, and continue to explore ways the form can do that. You can also find me digging around in old material to see how it may be speaking to us through time, and what it might still have to teach us, especially when examining it through a contemporary lens.