Kim Savarino is an artist working in film, theater, and dance.
She recently wrapped shooting on two short films: Floor, written and directed by Caitlin M. Boston (playing the lead, Molly!) and CELEBRATION OF SPRING SOULS 三月三 directed by Danis Zhang (supporting) set to premiere in 2023.
She creates performances that weave together folklore and movement. Kim has choreographed works in spaces ranging from traditional stages to concrete backlots to (once) an old bathroom in a former mental hospital. Her work has received support from MANCC’s Forward Dialogues Lab, EstroGenius Festival, and Arts@Renaissance. She's created collaborative performances with Shiloh Hodges (seven bones), traditional guzheng player Clae Lu (as part of Toshi Reagon's Sacred Revolution), and members of the Great Jones Rep (naugeo).
As a performer, recent projects include a Broadway lab choreographed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, a site-specific performance by Emily Johnson/CATALYST, and playing the prophetess Cassandra in Andrei Serban’s sold-out revival of The Trojan Women at La MaMa. Kim joined Third Rail Projects in 2014, and performed in close to 1,000 shows of their Bessie award-winning immersive hit Then She Fell as Alice and the Doctor. Kim has worked with artists including Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Romeo Castellucci, Maura Nguyen Donohue, and Alex Ketley/The Foundry; she's been a proud member of La MaMa’s Great Jones Repertory Company since 2019.
Kim studied dance at Florida State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and studied acting through Terry Knickerbocker Studio's two-year Meisner conservatory. She loves dim sum, walking in the woods, and her black cat Hermes. Kim is Chinese-Sicilian-American and grew up in Southern California and West Virginia.
photo by Chris Cameron, MANCC Forward Dialogues Lab