C.V.

CYNTHIA OLIVER
205 West Illinois Street
Urbana Illinois 61801
www.cynthiaoliver.com
info@cynthiaoliver.com

EDUCATION

2003
Ph.D.: New York University Department of Performance Studies. Focus: Performance in the Caribbean.

1996
M.A.: New York University, Gallatin School. Specializing in literature, performance and culture in the Caribbean. Thesis title: “St. Croix Dancing: The Contemporary and Historical Path of Dance on the US Virgin Island of St. Croix.”

1982
BFA.(cum laude): Adelphi University. Dance Major, Political Science Minor.

CHOREOGRAPHY (selected list)

2014-2016
“BOOM!” evening-length duet commissioned by New York Live Arts, with subsequent touring: Painted Bride Art Center (PA), The Dance Place (DC), Reston Theatre (VA). ), additional touring to NPN Annual Meeting, Portland, Ore, Links Hall, Chicago, IL, South Dallas Cultural Center, Dallas TX.

2012-2013
“BOOM!’ a 17 minute duet (Oliver and Leslie Cuyjet) of women at two differing stages of life in raucus interaction. Part of the Parallels in Black Series, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church. (NYC, 2012); At New York Live Arts, (NYC 2013).

2009
“Rigidigidim de Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso”: an evening length group work examining geographic, national and aesthetic borders and the force of calypso as a unifying agent of Caribbeanness. Video collaborator: Marcus Behrens, Sound Designer: Jason Finkelman; Lighting designer: Mandy Ringger. National tour: Painted Bride Art Center (PA), Seattle’s Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (WA), Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), Bates Dance Festival (ME), The Dance Place (DC).

2008
“Corpus Againstus”: Writer/ Choreographerof 9 minute solo for a male dancer performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, IL.

2007
“Threshold”: Writer/Choreographer of a 15 minute sextet performed at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, IL.

2007
“Whisper to Shout”: a 15 minute three movement collaboration between Oliver and Dr. Ollie Watts-Davis and the Black Chorus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. IL

2006
“Till I was Forty”: Writer/Choreographer/ Performer of a 15 minute solo performed at Seattle’s Central District Forum. WA.

2006
“Closer Than Skin”: Writer/Choreographer/Performer in 40 minute trio performed at Aaron Davis Hall in the E-Moves series. NY.

2005
“AfroSocialiteLifeDiva” 25 minute film selected for American Dance Festival (ADF)Dance for the Camera series. Summer

2005
“Lessons in Female Etiquette”: Choreographer/Writer/ Performer of solo work premiered at Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, NY.

2004
“AfroSocialiteLifeDiva” film collaboration with German Director Marcus Behrens of Radio Bremen for spring 2005 airing on Canal Arte arts channel in Europe. Champaign-Urbana, IL.

2003
“AfroSocialteLifeDiva”: Writer, Choreographer, Performer of evening length work for Dance Theater Workshop’s Carnival Series. New York, NY.

2002
“Ova Queens”: Choreographer/Writer/Performer in solo and group shared evening at Links Hall, Chicago, IL.

2002
“For the Mention”: Choreographer and Writer of quartet for November Concert, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

2002
“Sketches of a Time Spirit”: Performer/Choreographer/Writer of solo dance theatre work. The Hot House. Chicago,IL.

2002
“Conjoined”: Writer and Choreographer of group work for the UIUC Festival Concert. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. University of Urbana-Champaign..

2002
“Something to Count On”: Choreographer and Writer of solo created for Ashley Burnett. Senior Concert. Dance Rehearsal Studio, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

2001
“because she was”: Writer, Choreographer, and Performer of solo based on concepts in SHEMAD. Presented at The Kitchen, NYC for the Talking Dance Festival, New Orleans Center for Contemporary Art NOCCA, and the Doris Humphrey Theatre in Chicago IL.

2000
“SHEMAD”: Writer and Choreographer of full evening length group work produced at Performance Space 122, NYC.

1999
“LUKoSiMAD/ SHEMAD (part I)”: Co Creator/Performer of dance performance event with fellow choreographer Gabri Christa, Dance Theater Workshop, NYC.

1997
“Unremovable Jacket”: Creator/Performer of evening length dance theatre production Performance Space 122, NYC.

1997
“Precious Boxes”: Creator/Performer The Yard, Chilmark, MA.

1997
“Bed Opus”: Choreographer, Co-Creator/Performer with Jake-ann Jones Aaron Davis Hall, New York, NY. Penumbra Theatre, Minneapolis, MN.

1996
“Woman: Dreamembering Madness”: Performer/Creator Improvisation Festival, The Kitchen, NYC.

1995
“Death’s Door”: Writer/Choreographer of evening length dance theatre production Performance Space 122, NYC.

1995
“Wake”: Writer/Choreographer/Performer as part of an evening of work by various artists. Performance Space 122, NYC.

1993
“Elisa”: Choreographer/Writer/Performer as part of an evening of work by women of color at Performance Space 122, NYC.

1993
“Polyergus (Acid Rap Opera)”: Choreographer/Performer of Vincent Katz’s production performed at La MaMa Etc. & Syncronicity Space, NYC.

1992
“At A Loss”: Choreographer/Performer in part of “Haphazard Cabaret” showcase at The Joseph Papp Public Theater, NYC.

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE: DANCE

2013 – ‘15
Tere O’Connor Dance: Guest Artist
Artistic Director: Tere O’Connor
Projects: “Sister” and “BLEED”

2007-2009
Bebe Miller Company
Artistic Director bebe Miller
Project: Necessary Beauty

1993-’98
Ronald Kevin Brown/Evidence: Featured Dancer.
Artistic Director: Ronald K. Brown
Repertoire includes:
Destiny/Dakan/Destin ( a collaboration Rokiya Kone & Jeune Ballet D’Afrique Noire)
Incidents
To Harm the Dangerous
Lessons
Dirt Road
Touring: USA/Europe/Africa.

1986-’90
David Gordon Pick-Up Co.: Dancer.
Artistic Director: David Gordon
Repertoire included:
Transparent Means for Travelling Light
The United States Project: New York, San Francisco, Minnesota.
The Seasons
Touring: USA/Europe/Brasil.

1987
White Wave Rising: Guest Performer.
Artistic Director: Young Soon Kim

1985
Nanette Bearden Contemporary Dance Co.: Dancer.
Performed the works of legendary choreographers
George Faison: Suite Otis
Talley Beatty: Congo Tango Palace, A Rag, A Bone, A Hank of Hair and others.
NYC.

1983
Throne Dance Theatre: Dancer.
Artistic Directors: T. Throne and Y. S. Kim
Repertoire
NYC/ASIA.

1982
RUSH Dance Co.: Understudy.
Artistic Director: Patrice Regnier
NYC.

1977-’78
Caribbean Dance Co.: Dancer. Artistic Director: Montgomery Thompson
US. Virgin Islands.

1973-’78
Theatre Dance Inc.: Dancer.
Artistic Director: Atti van den Berg
US. Virgin Islands.

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE: THEATRE

1999
Performer in David Gordon’s “Autobiography of a Liar”, DanSpace at St. Marks, NYC.

1998
Performer/Writer/Collaborator with ambient avant world trio Straylight at Tonic, NYC.

1997
“Bed Opus”: Performer/Collaborator with Jake-ann Jones. Aaron Davis Hall African American Performance Art Festival On Tour, Harlem, USA.

1997
“My Science Project”: Guest performer with Vernon Reid. Knitting Factory, NYC.

1997
“Three’s The One”: Performer/Collaborator with Hank Smith. Performance Space 122, NYC.

1995
“A Photograph: Lovers In Motion”: Actor/Assistant Choreographer in Ntozake Shange’s play produced by Minnesota’s Penumbra Theatre, Laurie Carlos, Director.

1994
“Who Killed Carmen?”: Actor/Dancer in Patricia Hoffbauer’s multi-media production produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Le Perque Theatre, NY.

1994-’95
“Njinga, The Queen King”: Njinga Kilunda in Ione’s BAM’s Majestic Theatre production, Bklyn, NY.

1992
“My Darling Gremlin”: Actor/Dancer in Greg Tate’s play produced by Aaron Davis Hall, Harlem NY.

1992
“Vanquished By Voodoo”: Actor/Dancer with Laurie Carlos’s production of her site specific play produced by En Garde Arts/ Harlem, NY.

1991-’95
“White Chocolate For My Father”: Actor/Dancer in Laurie Carlos’s New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award winning play/Performance Space 122, NY & USA tour.

1989-’90
“Mystery Project & What’s So Funny?”: Actor/Dancer with The David Gordon Pick Up Co. Development period. NYC

TEACHING

2012
Compagnie Auguste – Bienvenue, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa. Taught week-long Contemporary Dance workshop and choreography.

2009, 2010
Painted Bride Art Center (PA), Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (WA), The Dance Place (DC). Offered Contemporary Dance classes as part of Rigidigidim De Bamba De Tour.

2008
Feedback 33, London UK. Teaching Contemporary Dance to the London based collective.

2006
University of Utah Artist-In-Residence. Setting work and teaching intermediate and advanced level technique classes.

2006
Bates Summer Dance Intensive. Lewiston Maine. Teacher of Intermediate-Advanced technique, Composition I, and adjudicator for young choreographer’s works.

2005
Stalwart Originality: New Traditions in Black Performance Artist-In-Residence. Williams College. Process residency for Closer Than Skin. Taught performance workshops and technique classes.

2000 – Present
Associate Professor. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Dance Department, teaching Advanced and Beginning/ Intermediate Modern technique classes; Introduction to Contemporary Dance; Dance in Performance; Dancing Black Popular Culture; Feminist Choreographies.

2000
Adjunct Professor of Advanced Modern Dance (Technique III/IV) at Hunter College, New York, NY. Contemporary Dance practice, theory, and student choreography advisement.

1999
Adjunct Professor in Undergraduate Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, teaching “Topics in Performance Studies: Storytelling in the African Diaspora.”

1999
Atlantic Theater Company School, teaching Dance for Actors to third year NYU students.

1999
Preceptor for Morse Academic Plan, New York University summer session with Professor Fred Moten. Teaching a section of course entitled “Expressive Culture: Performance.”

1999
Text, Movement, Sound Workshops for the performing community on St.Thomas and St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. Working to integrate performance techniques local to the area in an interdisciplinary fashion.

1998
Adjunct Professor of Afro-Caribbean Dance and Guest Choreographer for course entitled “Performance Project: Dance” Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. Engaging practice and theory.

1998
Adjunct Professor of Advanced Contemporary Dance Hunter College, New York, NY. Engaging practice and theory.

1998
Contemporary Dance at Dance Space, New York, NY.

1997
Master Community Classes (as a member of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence) Virginia Commonwealth University.

1997
Contemporary Dance at Fareta School of Dance and Drum, New York, NY.

1996
Master Classes in Advanced Modern Dance (as a member of Ronald K. Brown /Evidence Dance Co.) Colorado Dance Festival.

1995
Master Class on Movement for Actors (as a member of Ronald K. Brown /Evidence Dance Co.)Virginia Commonwealth University.

1993
Master Dance and Text Workshop, The Caribbean Dance Company of St. Croix USVI.

1990-’92
Independent Artist and Guest Teacher in Residence, Street Dance of St. Croix USVI.

1986-’90
Teacher In Residence/Master Classes, (as a member of the David Gordon Pick Up Co.) 1986-1990, Cornell University, Stanford University, Victoria College (Melbourne, Australia).

1986
Community Modern and Caribbean Dance Workshops, St. Croix USVI.

1978-’84
Guest Ballet/Modern Workshop Instructor, Theatre Dance Inc. (USVI).

PRODUCTION/ADMINISTRATION

1993- Present
Administration of COCo., Cynthia Oliver Company projects (listed below): project conception and development, grant writing, securing rehearsal space and performance venues, contracts, hiring of artists and technical crews, advertising and promoting.

1994
Movement Consultant for Arthur Jafa’s 20 minute short film entitled “Slowly This” /Alive T.V.

1992-’94
As a member of Prowess DanceArts Collective, participated in the running of an eleven member collective of women artists of color. Collaborating on creative works, assisting others in the development and production of dance, and text based movement theatre. Assisted in administrative operations: contacting producers, proofing grant writing, assisting in outreach, promotion, and general day to day operations.

1990-’91
Company Manager, Urban Bush Women: worked closely with Managing and Development Directors to insure strong organizational structure; acted as liaison between Artistic Director and venues, Artistic Director and Company members; coordinated rehearsal and touring schedules; all transportation, housing particulars and special projects, including the 1990 film project “Praise House” with Alive T.V.

SCHOLARLY PAPERS/FIELDWORK

Invited Lectures

2014
Knowing Dance More -Artist Talk. University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA. Invited to present my work and aesthetic point of view to undergraduate population at UArts.

2013
Invited to participate in Roundtable (Randy Martin, Yutian Wong, Ricardo Rivera Severa) for Cultural Studies Association’s Conference “Beyond Disciplinarity: Interventions in Cultural Studies and the Arts.” Columbia College.

2011
Invited to present/perform on Roundtable “African Dance Diaspora: A Symposium on Embodied Knowledge.” Performance /Presentation: ”Calypso: An Agent of Caribbean Diasporic Communion.” Harvard University.

2009
Invited to present: “On the Creative Impulse and the Artist.” Cognitive Science Department. Temple University.

2007
Paper: ”Winin ‘cross Nation: Calypso Dancing and Transnationalism.” Brown Bag Lecture, University of Illinois, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program.

2005
Paper: Transnationalism and Calypso’s Moving Bodies,”, African American Studies Program, University of California – Irvine.

2003
Paper: “Black Choreographers and the Desire, Responsibility, and Appeal for Black Audiences,” Afro-American Studies and Research Program, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

2003
Paper: “Dancing for the People: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s Urban Bush Women’s Courting of a Black Audience.” The Chicago Seminar on Dance and Performance, Chicago, IL.

2003
Paper: “Respectable Women Don’t Dance: Beauty Pageants of the US Virgin Islands and the Dictates of a Proper Womanhood.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.

2002
Paper: “Beauty Pageants of the US Virgin Islands: Bodily Practice and the Shaping of a Black Womanhood.” Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

2001
Paper: “Queen Of The Virgins: Beauty Pageants, the Women’s Theatre of the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Triennial Symposium on African and African Caribbean Art, St. Thomas, USVI.

2001. Paper: “Performing the Native: Caribbean-ness in the U.S. Virgin Islands.””(Re) Thinking Caribbean Culture,” University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Barbados, West Indies.

2000
Performer/Scholar in Mellon Symposium “Its Like Medicine To Me: Healing and Performance in the African Diaspora”, Tulane University, New Orleans Louisianna.

1999
A conversation on choreography and the performance of madness, women, and Caribbeanness in the collaborative work “LUKoSiMAD” with Gabri Christa at The Department of Performance Studies Tuesday Night Series, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

1996
Paper: “The Embodiment of Words: Performance in the Virgin Islands during the period of Emancipation to the U.S. Purchase” presented at 9th Annual Conference for Virgin Island Historians, Christiansted St. Croix.

1996
Paper: “Fungi , Flour, Jumbies, and Obeah: A Recipe for Crucian Storytelling and the Artistry of Alvin ‘Fungi’ James.” Center for Latin and Caribbean Studies, New York University.

Additional Papers and Fieldwork

2014
Paper: “Dancing the Black Avant Garde: When and Where We Enter.” Dancing the African Diaspora – Theories of Black Performance. Duke University, Durham NC.

2007
Paper: “Dancing in the Break: Calypso as the Performance of Rupture in Afro-Caribbean Identity (Re)formation.” Congress on Research in Dance (CORD). Barnard College, NY.

2005
Paper: “Calypso’s Moving Geographies” presented at FSU’s Congress on Research in Dance Conference (CORD), Tallahassee, FLA.

2000
Paper: “Dancing Black Popular Culture” presented at UC Riverside Conference “Dance Under Construction,” Riverside, California.

1999
St.Thomas and St. Croix USVI, dissertation fieldwork researching the history of pageantry in the territory through archival resources and personal histories.

1996
Paper: “Aesthetics of the Raw: Televised Storytelling in the U.S. Virgin Islands During the 1980’s.” Performance Studies Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

1993-’95
St. Croix and St. Thomas USVI., Extensive interviews with native Crucian (of St. Croix USVI) and St. Thomian “Tradition Bearers” on cultural practices, specifically dance and Carnival traditions in the local communities of St. Croix and St. Thomas.

Invited Performances

2008
Paper: Dancing the Transnation: Calypso , the Global Caribbean Identity Marker.” University of California, Berkeley.

2006
Performer/Choreographer/Writer of half evening work for Central District Forum for Thoughts and Ideas, Seattle WA.

2004
Performer/Choreographer/Writer, “Lessons in Female Etiquette: The AfroSocialiteLifeDiva in One” for the Late Nite series at Pillsbury House Theatre Minneapolis Minnesota.

2002
Performer/Choreographer/Collaborator, Dance on Demand teaching series at Links Hall, Chicago, IL.

2002
Performer/Choreographer/Collaborator, Equal Footing/Earring series, The Hot House, Chicago IL.

2002
Performer/Instructor of Dance +Word performance Workshop with RiverOak Arts Dance and Literature Series, Links Hall, Chicago IL.

2001
Performer/Guest Artist, Momenta: School of Music and Dance. Oak Park IL.
Performed solo work “Because She Was.”

2001
The Talking Dance Festival. The Kitchen. New York, NY.
Performed solo work “Because She Was.”

2000
Performer/Scholar in Mellon Symposium “Its Like Medicine To Me: Healing and Performance in the African Diaspora,” Tulane University. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Published Work

2015
Essay, “Flipping the Script: Renegotiating Notions of Haitian Women in the Global Imagination” for Kehinde Wiley’s World Stage: Haiti exhibition book, Los Angeles, CA.

2013
Essay, “A Movement in Lockstep (on duets)” for Two Too, a publication on the duets of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane. Published by the Painted Bride Art Center of Philadelphia, pp. 17-19.

2009
Book: Queen of the Virgins: Pageantry and Black Womanhood in the Caribbean. University Press of Mississippi. Forthcoming.

2009
Essay, “Rigidigidim De Bamba De: A Calypso Journey from Start to ….” In Caribbean Dance vol. 2. University Press of Florida. Forthcoming.

2004
Performance Writings in Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. Spring 2004.

2004
“Undivided Dance” An essay in Movement Research Journal 25th Anniversary Issue #27/28 Spring 2004.

2004
Essay “How the Art Moves” in exhibition catalog for Krannert Art Museum and nationwide show, “Bill Traylor and William Edmondson: African Art and the Modernist Impulse.”

2002
Essay ” Winin’ Yo’ Wais’ The Changing Tastes of Dance in the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix.” in Caribbean Dance From Abakua to Zouk: How Movement Shapes Identity Ed. by Susanna Sloat.

2000
“Plate-spinning: Am I a Circus Act? Or An Artist Living in New York?” Indie Planet, an online website featuring and promoting the work of independent artists.

HONORS, FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS

2015
Dancing While Black/New Waves Institute Commissioned artist for early process residency toward Virago-Man Dem.

2015
Vermont Performance Laboratory (VPL) Artist Residency fellowship for the research and development of Virago-Man Dem.

2015
Nominee  for the Doris Duke Impact Award. Nomination only award identifying impactful artists in the U.S.

2014
National Performance Network Creation Fund for BOOM! Awarded also New York Live Arts Commission, Edwards Arts Foundation award, Illinois Arts Council Choreography Fellowship, University of Illinois Creation Research award.

2011
University Scholar Award. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Distinguished award accompanied by 3 year research stipend.

2009
Cal Arts Alpert Award Nominee.

2009
National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund for Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso. Also awarded a National Dance Project (NDP) Tour Only support; a Pew Foundation Dance Advance grant through the Painted Bride ; an Andrew Mellon DanSpace Commission; Edwards Foundation award.

2007
Rockefeller Multi-Arts-Production Fund for the multi disciplinary project “Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso,” to premiere fall 2009.

2007
Research Board Award, University of Illinois, for the production of the multi disciplinary project “Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso,” to premiere fall 2009.

2007
Creative Research Award, University of Illinois, for the production of the multi disciplinary project “Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso,” to premiere fall 2009.

2004
Illinois Arts Council Choreography Fellowship.

2004
Faculty Research Award from the College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

2004
The film version of AfroSocialiteLifeDiva in collaboration with German Director Marcus Behrens of Radio Brehmen for Canal Arte, the European arts channel. Supported in part by the Arnold O. Beckman Award, from the Research Board at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

2003
Received a grant from the Committee for the 50th Commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education activities on the Universoty of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign campus to organize a two part artist residency, panel, community engagement, and performance activities over the course of the 2003-2004 academic year. Artists: Dianne McIntyre, Amaniyea Payne, Reggie Wilson, Karen Love.

2002-2003
The full evening work AfroSocialiteLifeDiva supported by Bessie Schonberg/First Light Commission, Creative Capital Foundation, National Performance Network, Dance Theater Workshop, NYC.

2000
Called “Outstanding Young Choreographer” by reviewer Frank Werner of German Magazine Ballet Tanz.

2000
The full evening performance work “SHEMAD,” supported by The National Performance Network, the Puffin Foundation, The Lalit Foundation, the O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation, Red Media Inc. , The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship for Minority Artists. Presented by Performance Space 122, NYC.

1999
The production of LUKoSiMAD presented at Dance Theater Workshop funded by The Jerome Foundation Emerging Artists Fellowship, Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light Commisssion, and Meet the Composer.

1998
Edward and Sally Van Lier Fellowship for Minority Artists. Commission for work to be rehearsed and performed at Performance Space 122 in1998/99 season.

1998
Annenberg Grant/Artist in Residence Central Park East 1 in conjunction with Performance Space 122. Working on movement and storytelling with children from kindergarten through fifth and sixth grades.

1997
The performance project “Unremovable Jacket” supported by The Jerome Foundation, The Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, The Puffin Foundation, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Arts.

1995-’96
New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for the creation of performance piece “Death’s Door,” Performance Space 122.

1995
The performance project “Death’s Door” supported by The Jerome Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Harkness Center for Dance and Meet the Composer.

1996
Summer Research Grant, Center For Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University.

1995-’97
Graduate Assistantship, Department of Performance Studies, New York University.

COMMUNITY SERVICE

2015
MAP Fund (Multi Arts Production). Panelist. New York, NY.

2013
Pew Foundation Choreography Fellowship. Panelist. Phila. PA.

2011
McKnight Foundation Choreography Fellowship. Panelist. Minneapolis MN.

2009
Rockefeller Foundation Multi Arts Production Fund. Preliminary Round Panelist. New York, NY.

2007- 2008
Urbana, IL Public Arts Task Force.

2007
Advisory Board, Women and Performance: The Journal of Feminist Theory

2004 – Present
National Performance Network Board of Directors.

2004
Served on Travel and Research support panel for the Jerome Foundation , St. Paul, MN.

2000
Served on Choreography Fellowship panel for NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts).

1996-’97
Served on the Board of Tamar Rogoff Productions, New York.

1991-92
Volunteer at God’s Love We Deliver – serving hot meals to homebound people with AIDS.

DANCE TRAINING:

Influential Teachers

Afro-Caribbean Dance: Ricardo Colon, Richard Gonzales, Lavinia Williams, Montgomery Thompson.

African (Congolese): Titos Sompa, Mabiba Baegne.

Ballet: Jaclynn Villamil, Janet Panetta, Christina Bernal, Maggie Black, Haynes Owens, Atti van den Berg.

Modern: Ron Brown, Jennifer Muller, Norman Walker, Milton Meyers, Twyla Tharp, Anna Marie Forsythe.

Jazz: Cecilia Marta, Richard Levi, Margo Sappington.


ACADEMIC TRAINING

New York University Department of Performance Studies.
Professors: Barbara Browning, Peggy Phelan, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Ann Daly, Marcia Siegel, Richard Schechner, Jacqui Alexander (New School Consortium), May Joseph.

New York University, Gallatin School.
Professors: Pamela Smorkaloff, Edward Kamau Brathwaite, Lauren Raiken, Ndukaku Amakulor.

Adelphi University.
Professors: Norman Walker, Katia Geleznova, Rochelle Zide, Renee Wadleigh, Regina Larkin.