Kelly Maxner

Prior to teaching at UNCSA, award-winning Drama choreographer and instructor Kelly Maxner taught at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, Baypath College, Amherst College, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, Mount Holyoke College and Mimar Sinan University (Istanbul).

The individual is divine. By strengthening the individual organic instinct and grounding the artist in their own unique expression the work being produced is infused with soul and originality.

Kelly Maxner


  • Choreographed/directed for the Golden Mean Theater in Los Angeles, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Dallas Theater Center, One Arm Red in NYC, the Ankara State Opera and Ballet’s Modern Dance Turkey, Dans Fabrikasi in Istanbul and Theater Alliance of Washington D.C.
  • Performed in Taiwan, Turkey, Egypt and across the United States

Career Highlights

  • Choreographing his first musical
  • First time being hired by a former student
  • Performing for more than 20 years at the Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital
  • Performing with Mollye Maxner for more than 20 years

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography, "Still Life With Rocket," 2018
  • Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography, "Occupied Territories," 2016
  • R. Philip Hanes Young Leader Award, 2010


M.F.A. ChoreographySmith College

B.F.A. DirectingUNC School of the Arts

B.F.A. Contemporary DanceUNC School of the Arts