Alyssa Eve Mitchel is a San Francisco based choreographer who creates an extremely physical, highly technical and dynamic style of movement. Bringing together diverse groups of talented artists, she incorporates storytelling and mindfulness while striving to foster human connection. Her dancers come from a variety of movement backgrounds, including ballet, contemporary/modern, hip-hop, breakdancing, shuffling, martial arts, circus and musical theater. In addition to composers, costume designers and lighting designers, Mitchel has collaborated with over two dozen K-12 Bay Area students and teachers. She strives to make art accessible to a wide range of communities. In the spring of 2021, she brought one of her video dance works to the Shupin Social Club of the Jewish Family and Children’s Services, a group of adults (ages 22-40) with autism and developmental disabilities.
Mitchel was named an awardee of the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) 2023 San Francisco Artist (SFA) grant, 2023 Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD) Mini Grant and Joe Goode Performance Group's COVID Relief Space Grant. In partnership with San Francisco’s Exploratorium, she received an arts grant for the premiere of her outdoor production, Here. Now. (2021). She was the winner of the 2019 Choreography Competition of the International Dance Festival of Silicon Valley and was an awardee of Dancers’ Group Lighting Artists in Dance Grant for her production, The Classroom (ODC, 2019). She was also a recipient of the Classical Girl Giving Grant (Fall Quarter 2019) and a 2018-19 awardee of the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance-Ensemble.
Mitchel was selected as the Summer 2022 Artist in Residence at Berkeley Ballet Theatre and Winter 2023 Artist in Residence at Studio 210/Deborah Slater Dance Theater. She’s been granted residencies and commissions at ODC Pilot 70&71, Bay Pointe Ballet, Moving Arts, LEVYdance, SAFEhouse Arts and Marin Dance Theatre. Mitchel has danced with Garrett+Moulton Productions, SpectorDance, Peter & Co., eMotion Arts Dance Company, Labayen Dance and SOULSKIN Dance.
Mitchel teaches all levels of contemporary dance, choreography and ballet to young dancers, teens and adults. She’s also a devoted math and study skills tutor for students ranging from elementary school through college. The recipient of a Trustee Merit Scholarship, she earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation with a minor in mathematics from the Dominican University of California, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors.
A Jewish woman choreographer, Mitchel’s most recent production, Regard, in partnership with The Contemporary Jewish Museum took place in August of 2023. The work featured six dancers, original mobile murals designed by muralist ORLUarts as well as live music by David Goldblatt, second cellist of the San Francisco Symphony and Steven Lin, classical guitar professor at San Jose State University.