Javier Velasco, Choreographerr: Mr. Velasco has been hailed by the San Diego Union-Tribune as "San Diego's answer to Jerome Robbins." He has supplied dances for productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe and has a long-standing relationship with the San Diego Repertory Theatre, where he has directed and choreographed productions of A Christmas Carol, Cabaret, Hairspray, Tommy, SUDS, and many others. He has enjoyed many long creative relationships, having worked with: Luis Valdez on the 20th Anniversary production of Zoot Suit, Bandido, and Corridos; composer Steve Gunderson on the premieres of Everybody’s Talkin, Dixie Highway, Back to Bacharach and David, and the dance/theatre piece, The Brontes: Secret Pleasures, Secret Tears; and Doug Jacobs and Sam Woodhouse, founding directors of the San Diego Rep. He currently serves as artistic director of the San Diego Ballet having created over 100 original pieces for the company, since it’s inception. Mr. Velasco was one of the inaugural recipients of the San Diego Foundation’s Creative Catalyst Fellowship.