Tere O'Connor

Performing Arts, 2009

Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 and has created more than 34 works for his company. These works have been presented in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Canada. O’Connor has also created numerous works on commission for dance companies around the world, including the Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, de Rotterdamse Dansgroep, and Zenon, Minneapolis. O’Connor is a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art Award. He has also received three “Bessie” New York Dance and Performance Awards, including one for sustained achievement. O’Connor was a ballet instructor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for nine years. He is a professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Awards and Accomplishments


O'Connor is elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences


 O’Connor presents Bleed at BAM in Brooklyn


O'Connor receives the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award


O'Connor receives MAP Fund Grant

2009: O'Connor receives United States Artists fellowships