Cynthia Oliver

Performing Arts, 2002

Cynthia Oliver has created a dozen original dance and performance works since 1993, including because she was, Shemad, Unremoveable Jacket, and Wake, and the Bessie Award-winning performance work Death’s Door. Her works have also been presented in New York at PS 122, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, and St. Mark’s Church, and several regional venues. Her work has been supported by the National Performance Network, the Jerome Foundation, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund, and other foundations. Oliver has performed with numerous companies and independent choreographers including fellow grantee Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE and the David Gordon Pick Up Company. She teaches at the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana and has a doctorate in performance studies from New York University.

Awards and Accomplishments


Oliver is awarded an Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) 2014 Artist Fellowship

2007: Oliver receives grant from Rockefeller MAP Fund

2004: Oliver receives Illinois Arts Council Choreography Fellowship