John Malashock is Artistic Director of Malashock Dance, which he founded in San Diego after a distinguished performing career with Twyla Tharp’s company in New York (where he danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov and was featured in the film Amadeus). Malashock has created over 75 choreographic works and artistic collaborations. He has been commissioned for productions at La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe Theater, San Diego Opera, San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Music Society, KPBS-TV, and numerous others organizations. John has garnered six Emmy Awards for his dance films, which have aired on 30 PBS stations nationwide. His work in opera has been staged at San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, New York City Opera, L’Opera du Montreal, among many others. Malashock established the company as the resident dance group at the Old Globe Theater, where he presented his work for twelve years. He was an Artist-in-Residence at La Jolla Playhouse where, along with composer Yale Strom, he is currently developing a dance musical based on the life, work, and relationships of artist Marc Chagall. A leader within the local and national dance communities, Malashock currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance USA and is proud to have taken the leadership role in conceiving, developing and establishing Dance Place San Diego at Liberty Station.