MK Lawson has 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! She has provided choreography for a number of NYU productions including The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Marvin Hamlisch tribute production of Sweet Smell of Success, and the New York premiere of The Fix. As a director/choreographer, she has staged unique and inventive productions of Assassins, Bat Boy: the Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Brigadoon. MK has also directed a number of new works and concerts around NYC including works by Caleb Hoyer, Rob Rokicki, Joshua H. Cohen, Will Reynolds, and Joe Iconis. She has staged productions for the New York Children's Theatre Festival, The NY Fringe Festival, Ocean State Theatre Company, and the prestigious Atlantic Theatre Company (having the amazing opportunity to work with amazing creatives like Lisa Loeb and Bobby Lopez). MK directed, choreographed, and co-conceived the original revue One Step Closer: the music of Alan Menken and more recently co-conceived and directed the 54 Below concert entitled Unsung Menken. MK also loves helping young people cultivate their passion and skill for musical theatre, and is currently a member of the Adjunct Music Theatre Faculty at NYU Steinhardt. MK is the director/choreographer for the NYU Steinhardt Undergraduate Industry Showcase and the NYU New Student Cabaret.
Story-telling in her bones, MK began her illustrious career on her front lawn in South Carolina, forcing her younger sister to re-enact her imagination stories with her. Pretty soon, she was putting together entire evenings of story and song -- and performing them for a handful of very patient and understanding adults. Unfortunately, she seems to have infected her 5-year-old nephew -- he tells her he "loves being in plays". As an adult, MK continues to be driven by the stubborn belief that stories help people be better people .... though she does apologize in hindsight to anyone on Partridge Circle, as she may not have been approaching her work with that same clarity in the late 80's and early 90's.