Torres, who has choreographed productions of Raisin, Latin Heat and 4 Guys Named Jose for Amas, will develop a training program and professional dance company in collaboration with Amas.
The training program will work with aspiring dancers ages 8 and up, while the performing company will utilize dancers ages 14-30. Details of the Maria Torres Emerging Artist Project performances will be announced shortly.
Donna Trinkoff, Amas' producing artistic director, said in a statement, "A major part of the Amas mission is to support the emergence of new talent, and while Maria's career is in full bloom, it's time for the world to see her impact on the next generation of performers. These young dancers are phenomenal. In the coming weeks and months we'll be presenting them in exciting new performance pieces in work that will be developed at Amas."
In addition to her work with Amas, Torres appeared in the Broadway production of Swing! and the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of The Skin of Our Teeth. As a choreographer, her work has been represented Off-Broadway with Celia, as well as in "So You Think You Can Dance," "El Cantante" and the forthcoming film "The Six Wives of Henry LeFay."
Founded by Rosetta LeNoire in 1968, Amas Musical Theatre has been an award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts. Among the productions that have roots with Amas are Wanda's World, Stormy Weather … Imagining Lena Horne, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love, Zanna Don't, From My Hometown, 4 Guys Named Jose … and Una Mujer Named Maria, and Langston Hughes' Little Ham.