Leading Women, a CNN television series that connects its viewers to extraordinary women at the top of their chosen fields, is sponsored by OMEGA Ladymatic. The Ladymatic collection is distinguished by its bold, statement-making design and a mechanical movement widely considered to be among the best in the world. Every month, two influential women are featured. In September, OMEGA and CNN are introducing Krista Monson, Casting Director at Resident Shows and Regional Sourcing.
Krista Monson is a busy director, choreographer, producer and collaborator whose passion for dance, music, and theatre continue to lead her down life’s path. She has had the honor of working in many of the art and entertainment industry’s many mediums including video, circus arts, live theatre, dance, education and corporate entertainment. A native Canadian, Krista is currently Casting Director – Resident Shows and Regional Sourcing. She started her career with Cirque du Soleil in 2004 as Artistic Coordinator of their production “O” in Las Vegas before assuming the position of Artistic Director. As Artistic Director, she worked with hundreds of artists, technicians and theatre professionals in addition to overseeing the production of the documentary of “O” entitled “FLOW” which premiered in the summer of 2007.
Ms. Monson has choreographed more than 40 musicals for professional and young performers throughout Canada and in the Los Angeles. For her choreography, she has been recognized with two Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards from her native Canada.
On a grand scale, Krista acted as choreographer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics - the third largest sporting event in the world. She also acted as artistic associate in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Paris for corporate entertainment productions representing Sebastian, Skechers Shoes and LG Electronics.
Ms. Monson conceived and created the show RhythMatix in 1996 as part of a commission with contemporary dance company, Dance Nouveau. Until 2003, RhythMatix performed for children’s festivals, concert halls and auditoriums throughout Canada and the United States including commissions with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
As an educator, Krista was the jazz and theatre dance instructor for four years at Grant MacEwan College’s Theatre Arts Department. She designed and taught the tap program at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) and was a tap and musical theatre instructor for Triple Threat Dance Conventions. Her passion for tap dance allowed her to perform and train with the Mark Goodman Tap Company in Los Angeles and to teach at Millennium Dance Complex in Hollywood, California.
Krista received a Certificate in French as a Second Language from Laval University followed by a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Campus St. Jean (formerly the “Faculté St. Jean”) at the University of Alberta. In 2005 she was presented with the alumni award, “Prix de Reconnaissance – Most Promising Future” from the University of Alberta and the Campus St. Jean. Her knowledge of French has not only helped her in her career but also helped her to gain a greater sense of depth and respect in her relationships “partout au monde”.
Krista lives in Las Vegas with her husband, a classical and electric bassist, and their two boys, Jaden and Zane.
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