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Head of Musical Theatre
Department of Theatre
Kikau Alvaro is an Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at VCUarts and the Associate Artistic Director of the local Virginia Repertory Theatre. At VCUarts, Alvaro has directed and choreographed Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, Monty Python’s Spamalot, and Spring Awakening on the Raymond Hodges Stage; as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Something Wonderful, a collaboration between the Music and Theatre departments at the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall.
At Virginia Repertory Theatre, Alvaro directed and choreographed A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and The Wiz (Richmond Theatre Critics Circle award winner for Best Choreography, 2019); additionally, he choreographed Atlantis: a New Musical (RTCC nominee for Best Choreography), was the associate director of In the Heights, and associate director and choreographer of Fun Home, a co-production with Virginia Rep and Cadence Theatre Company. As a performer, Alvaro is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. He has performed all over the world, but most recently he originated the role of Captain of the Guard in Up Here at La Jolla Playhouse, a new musical written by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), directed by Alex Timbers (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) and choreographed by Josh Bergasse (On The Town, Gigi, SMASH).
Alvaro earned his MFA in musical theatre from San Diego State University, his BA in theatre with an emphasis in directing from San Jose State University, and a conservatory certificate in musical theatre performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Kikau is an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and serves as the Northeast Regional Director for Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA).