Alyssa Martin is a Canadian choreographer and director. She founded Rock Bottom Movement in 2012 as a creative home and has since created over twenty new works. She’s earned the Canadian Stage Award for Direction, a Dora Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreography and was the 2018/19 Emerging Director in Residence at Canadian Stage. Alyssa has worked in residence at many art centres throughout the country including the Banff Centre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Canadian Stage and Stratford's Research and Development Lab. Her work has been presented in festivals in Toronto and abroad. Alyssa has been commissioned to create new work for many educational institutions including Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, George Brown Dance, Conteur Academy and Laurier Opera.
Outside of dance, Alyssa has worked as a choreographer for theatre and musical theatre in the educational, experimental and professional spheres. She is currently creating Bin Chicken, a new full-length dance work for Toronto Dance Theatre. Her most recent work, an experimental quasi-musical hollow mountain, premiered in Toronto this past November and went on to be presented at Montreal’s Wildside Festival. She holds her BFA Honours in Performance Dance from Ryerson University.
As a teacher, she facilitates "NonDancer Workshops" through her company, Rock Bottom Movement, leads creative development workshops for pre-professional and professional artists and teaches in the theatre department at Ryerson University. She has been working as a guest artist as instructor at Ryerson since 2013. She wholeheartedly believes that anyone can be a riveting dancer.
Bin Chicken (2020) - Choreographer - Toronto Dance Theatre (Upcoming)
Dolphin (Remodel from 2017) - Choreographer - Rock Bottom Movement at Harbourfront Junior Festival (Upcoming)
hollow mountain (2019) - Choreographer/Director - Rock Bottom Movement
Pal Joey (2019) - Choreographer - Talk is Free Theatre
fantasylover (2018) - Choreographer/Director - Rock Bottom Movement at SummerWorks Performance Festival
Girls Like That (2018) - Choreographer - Tarragon Theatre
string quartet no.14 in g major (2017) - Choreographer/Co-Director - Rock Bottom Movement with DanceWorks CoWorks
MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS (2016) - Rock Bottom Movement at Next Stage Theatre Festival
Nathan (2019) - Choreographer - Conteur Academy
DECK (2019) - Choreographer - George Brown Dance
Cendrillon (2019) - Choreographer - Laurier Opera
shrimp tuesday at the plaza (2018) - Choreographer - Conteur Academy