Mario Alberto Zambrano

Mario Zambrano

General Info


Assistant Professor of Dance

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As an educator, I create a learning environment both rigorous and focused on creative thinking, matched with technical discipline.

Mario Alberto Zambrano joined Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2018 and is an assistant professor of dance specializing in Gaga movement, contemporary ballet, repertoire, creative writing, and dance on film.

A multidisciplinary artist, Zambrano has been a soloist and principal dancer for Nederlands Dans Theater, Batsheva Dance Company, Ballet Frankfurt, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. While working at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Zambrano worked extensively with Twyla Tharp and collaborated with her on the creation of I Remember Clifford. While at Nederlands Dans Theater, he was a principal dancer in ballets choreographed by Jiri Kylian, Hans Van Manen, Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Johan Inger, and Shusaku Takemuchi. In 1999, he was invited by Ohad Naharin to join Batsheva Dance Company in Israel and was an original cast member in productions of Naharin’s Minus 16 and Virus. He went on to work with William Forsythe at Ballet Frankfurt for five years, touring the country and performing in opera houses around the world.

Choreographically, Zambrano premiered his first ballet, Link, with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago when he was only 19 years old. He has choreographed works for companies and universities across the globe including Nederlands Dans Theater, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, TITOYAYA, the Joffrey Ballet School, Eugene Lang University, and Harvard University.

With a passion for literature, Zambrano was fiction editor and editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary journal published at the New School, 12th Street. He published his debut novel, Loteria, with HarperCollins in 2013, which was chosen by the Village Voice, Vogue, School Library Journal, and Booklist as a Best Book of 2013. Loteria is currently optioned for a television series by the Mark Gordon Production Company in Los Angeles. In 2016, Zambrano was awarded a literary fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Professional Awards and Recognitions

  • Literary Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts (2016)
  • Iowa Arts Fellow (2011–2013)
  • Best Male Dancer—Ballet Tanz Magazine (1998)
  • Princess Grace Award (1995)

Recent Notable Work

  • “A National Installation of Memory” (Gulf Journal of Literature and Arts, 2017)—Essay
  • Loteria (HarperCollins, 2013)—Novel
  • “Pelion” (Guernica: A Magazine of Global Arts and Politics, 2013)—Short Story
  • Volver (METDance, Houston)—Choreography