Michael Cothren Peña

Joffrey Ballet School

Beginning as a dancer before transitioning to choreography and creative direction, Michael has worked on the creative teams for many of the worlds premiere events and corporations providing creative development, execution and a strong knowledge of operations. A specialist in large scale events Michael has lead the teams responsible for delivering over 5,000 performers in the 2018 Asian Games Opening Ceremony as well as intimate and unique theatre work across Europe.


Director of Staging

2018 Asian Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies

2019 South East Asian Games Opening Ceremony



Universal Studios Beijing

Tokyo Disney 2020

Shanghai Disney Grand Opening Gala 2016

Hong Kong Disnelyand 2015

Baku IS Games 2017

 Rose Parade Opening Ceremony 2015

American Idiot! the musical 1st Italian Tour 2017

Lexus 2015

Rhythmic Gymnastics 80th Anniversary Gala 2014

Alessandra Amoroso “Il Mondo” Tour



Sochi Olympic Opening Ceremony 2014

San Remo Music Festival 2008,2009,2010

Amici Rome  2008-2012

The Office




The Fresh Beat Band