Julio Fuentes (he/him) is a choreographer, creative, dance educator, and performer working in theatre, film and television. Originally from Manila, the elegant capital of the Philippines, he has spent 25 years living and working in the natural beauty of Vancouver. He is currently based out of Toronto.
With storytelling at the root of his work, and music at the core, Julio is passionate about bringing creative spaces to life with both breathtaking moments of connection and impossibly deadly jazz hands. He believes in the importance of representation and is proud to be a Filipino immigrant working professionally in Canadian entertainment.
Julio recently choreographed the Canadian Premier of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol (Arts Club) – wherein he received a Jessie Richardson nomination for Best Choreography – marking his professional debut choreographing at a major regional theatre. He previously worked as an associate choreographer on Gypsy at the Shaw Festival in 2020 and returned as movement director of Assassins in 2021. He has recently finished choreographing and is currently playing the lead in the world premiere of Prison Dancer – Canada’s first all-Filipino musical – at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.
Other performing highlights include In The Heights, Mary Poppins, Beauty & The Beast (Arts Club), the world premier of The Little Prince (Theatre Calgary), many memorable productions of Mamma Mia (Citadel Theatre, Arts Club, Stage West Calgary, World Theatre Productions – Guam), Matilda (RMTC, Citadel Theatre, Arts Club), and The Little Mermaid (Align Entertainment; OVATION! nomination: Best Supporting Actor in the role of Sebastian).
TV and film credits include assistant choreography on Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Paramount Pictures) and a feature ensemble role on seasons 1 and 2 of Schmigadoon! (AppleTV+).