Amy O'Neal


Performing Arts, 2006

Amy O’Neal is a performer, choreographer, dance educator, and the co-director of Seattle-based locust with musician/composer Zeke Keeble. Since 2000, locust has produced 6 evening length works and have toured to The Myrna Loy Center, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joyce Soho, TBA Festival (‘05 & ’09), Bates Dance Festival, University of Montana and SUSHI Performing Arts. Amy also produces work under the name AmyO/tinyrage. Her first project under this name, too, premiered at the TBA Festival in Portland, September 2009. Amy teaches contemporary dance technique, funk, and choreography regularly at Velocity Dance Center, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Cornish College of the Arts and the Dance This program. She has taught and/or conducted residencies at the University of Washington, University of Idaho, Idaho State University, University of Montana, Texas Woman’s University, University of Oregon, Cornish College of the Arts, and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC). Her work has been commissioned by Spectrum Dance Theater (‘05 & ’08), Cornish Dance Theater, Moving Current (Tampa, FL), and Seattle Theatre Group (‘05 & ’09). As a performer, she worked with the Pat Graney Co. (99—01), Scott/Powell Performance (97—04), and performed in Mark Haim’s acclaimed “Goldberg Variations” (‘06). Amy also frequently collaborates with musician/comedian Reggie Watts. She has performed in his show Disinformation at the TBA Festival, the Under the Radar Festival, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and ICA Boston.  Amy has received funding from the Seattle Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the international DanceWEB scholarship, the Mary Levine Fund, Artist Trust (GAP and Fellowship) , 4 Culture, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, the National Dance Project, the National Performance Network and Creative Capital. Amy has been awarded creative residencies at Bates Dance Festival (‘07), Headlands Center for the Arts (‘08), and the US/Japan Choreographers Exchange through Dance Theater Workshop and the Japan Society in NYC (‘09). Amy holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts.

Awards and Accomplishments

2008: O'Neal receives Artist-in-Residency at Headlands Center for the Arts