Katerina (Katie) Wong is a choreographer, performing artist, and arts administrator originally from New Jersey and based in San Francisco, California since 2012. Katie’s creative explorations are rooted in her love of culture, communication, and collaboration, a direct reflection of her mixed heritage as a first generation, Chinese-American, Jewish artist. Her works often feature layered sound scores or video installations, which generate complex storytelling experiences that welcome community dialogue and debate.
In September 2018, Katie became the first Associate Artistic Director of RAWdance, a San Francisco-based contemporary dance company, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year. She will step into the role of Co-Artistic Director of the company in the summer of 2019. She is excited to expand the company’s vision of its future, as well as continue their work within the community, including their bi-annual pay-what-you-can intimate and acclaimed salon, the CONCEPT Series.
Katie attended Princeton University and graduated cum laude with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate in Dance and East Asian Studies. While at Princeton, she had the honor of studying with and performing works by Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp, Susan Marshall, Camille A. Brown, Zvi Gotheiner, Rebecca Lazier, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Ze'eva Cohen and Tina Fehlandt. Her choreography was selected for the inaugural "IVIES @ CUNNINGHAM" festival in New York City. Katie was presented with a Francis LeMoyne Page Dance Award to honor distinctive achievement in dance.
Upon graduating, Katie was granted a Princeton-in-Asia Teaching Fellowship at the China Foreign Affairs University. While in Beijing, she taught and choreographed for the Future Dance Ensemble of Peking University and launched a series of dance workshops for the Migrant Children's Foundation. Since returning to the states, Katie has continued to advocate for arts education, teaching as a guest artist in the public schools of St. Louis through Dance St. Louis, and at the University of Akron through the National Center for Choreography.
Described as an “impressive feat” and “fiercely physicalized” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Katie’s choreography has been presented throughout the Bay Area in venues including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Z Space, ODC Theater, CounterPulse, Fort Mason, Dance Mission Theater, Joe Goode Annex, Piano Fight, The Cutting Ball Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse, SF Public Library, The Bindery, the SF War Memorial's Green Room, DZINE, and the Exploratorium. She choreographed two evening-length works with dance theatre company Brickabrack from 2012-2014, was the Resident Choreographer of PUSH Dance Company from 2014-2016, and was the JuMP Commissioned Choreographer for FACT/SF in 2016.
Katie is committed to seeking new ways to make dance engaging and accessible to wider audiences. In 2016, she worked as a movement and industry consultant for a new mobile dance game app called Jounce. From 2017-2018, her work was commissioned by the California Academy of Sciences to be presented at their after-hours event, NightLife. In the fall of 2017, Katie was commissioned to create the first dance work presented by Pop-Up Magazine, a live literary magazine, which toured to 6-cities throughout the nation, culminating in a performance at Lincoln Center.
Katie’s passion for advancing the field of dance extends beyond just her artistry. Her dedication to arts administration and marketing is exemplified by her five-year tenure at Alonzo King LINES Ballet. As the LINES Ballet Training Program Coordinator, she enthusiastically supported the growth and shaping of young pre-professional artists. As Digital Strategist, she re-envisioned the organization’s social media and online presence, emphasizing the importance of accessibility, trust, and storytelling. In this role, she had the privilege of working with VaynerMedia, through the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Doris Duke Foundation, on a 6-month one-on-one arts marketing and social media consultation. She continues to support various art institutions throughout the Bay Area in their digital engagement and storytelling efforts.