Sonya Tayeh is a New York City based choreographer and director. Her work has been characterized as a blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range.
Tayeh’s most recent credits include: you’ll still call me by name (Director & Choreographer) a dance-symphony commissioned by Bill T. Jones’ institution New York Live Arts; Hundred Days (Director and Choreographer) (New York Theatre Workshop/Dir. Anne Kauffman); The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova/Dir. Anne Kauffman) Foresight/Hindsight for Cape Dance Festival/2017; The Public Theater’s “Public Works Project” for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater, “As You Like It”/ Dir Laurie Woolery; Hurricane Diane (Two River Theatre / Dir. Leigh Silverman); Hundred Days (Public Theater / Dir. Anne Kauffman); The Skin of Our Teeth (Theatre For A New Audience / Dir. Arin Arbus); Andrew Lippas’ The Wild Party (City Center Encores! / Dir. Leigh Silverman); Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage Company / Dir. Rachel Chavkin), Kung Fu (Signature Theatre / Dir. Leigh Silverman), The Last Goodbye (San Diego’s Old Globe / Dir. Alex Timbers). Additionally Tayeh has choreographed concert dance works for both national and international touring companies. Recent commissions include: Martha Graham Dance Company for their Lamentation Variation Series, Malpaso Dance Company (Havana) Face the Torrent (Commissioned by the LA The Music Center), Los Angeles Ballet for their New Wave and Next Wave festivals.
Tayeh has directed and choreographed for world renowned recording artists including Miley Cyrus (Directed and Choreographed The Gypsy Heart Tour), Florence and the Machine (Choreographed performances for The Brit Awards, The Voice and American Idol), Kyle Minogue (Choreographed for the Aphrodite Tour). She has gleaned accolades for her work, including two Emmy nominations for Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and the Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards for “Outstanding Choreography” for her work on David Henry Hwang’s dance-play Kung Fu, for which she also received a Drama Desk nomination.
Tayeh’s upcoming projects include: Moulin Rouge! (Directed by Alex Timbers), Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Ballet X Philly