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Nov 10

COCA New Works Festival

Two of COCA’s Pre-Professional Division companies come together for a night showcasing new work. Returning for its third season, COCA’s Choreographic Lab Project is a unique opportunity for young creatives to broaden their approach to dance-making. This season, COCA launched a search to find a classical choreographer to lead the project, and the mentors will include current professional ballet dancers and choreographers. Following the performance of this new work will be a conversation with the choreographer. 

The evening also includes a public reading of new plays by COCAwrites playwrights who have been developed and mentored by local, regional, and national playwrights. Writers will share their original material and a Q & A with the writers follows the performance. 

Recommended for Ages 8+.

Run Time: 60 minutes 


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About the Choreographer

Headshot of Audrey JohnstonAudrey Johnston is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher with more than fifteen years of experience. She began dancing in the School of Ballet Oklahoma and furthered her training across the nation at several esteemed pre-professional programs. At 17, she joined Oklahoma City Ballet and for 6 years danced classical and contemporary roles by world-renowned choreographers including Helen Pickett, Lee-Wei Chao, and Jessica Lang. While completing a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, and then a master’s degree in Business Administration, she danced in the contemporary, jazz, and hip-hop company RACE Dance Collective, later becoming Managing Director. 

Audrey has had the great opportunity to choreograph on numerous professional and pre-professional dance programs and intensives, direct filmed and live musical works, and collaborate on multiple immersive theatre, film, and musical productions. In her new hometown of St. Louis, she hopes to continue producing works, collaborating with fellow artists, and advocating for art as a pillar of cultural strength. 

About the Director 

Cameron Tyler is Artistic Producer at COCA. Cameron also serves as the director of the COCAwrites program and has helped COCAwrites students create works that have been performed for U.S. Representative Cori Bush, Opera Theatre of St. Louis audiences, and internationally recognized playwrights and authors. Cameron has been seen acting on stage as Roger in Grease (Paul Bunyan Playhouse), Donkey in Shrek (Larry D. Clark Rep), and JoJo/Vernon in Last Stop on Market Street (Metro Theatre Company). He is a graduate of Missouri Baptist University where he earned his Bachelor of Music in musical theatre with a minor in dance. 

Nov 10

COCA New Works Festival

November 10, 2023 All day

6880 Washington Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri 63130
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