Cynthia Oliver

Cynthia Oliver.

Cynthia Oliver is a New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”)-winning choreographer whose work has been presented nationally and internationally. A former dancer with numerous companies, including the David Gordon Pick Up Company, Ronald Kevin Brown/Evidence, and Bebe Miller, Oliver’s honors have included a Dance Theater Workshop/Bessie Schonberg First Light Commission; a Creative Capital grant; Faculty Research, Creative Research and Arnold O. Beckman awards from the University of Illinois School of Fine and Applied Arts; an Illinois Arts Council grant in Choreography; New England Foundation for the Arts Touring support; National Performance Network Creation funding; and a Rockefeller Multi-Arts Production (MAP) award. In 2009, she was a CalArts Alpert Award nominee. A professor of dance and university scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Oliver teaches physical practice, composition, and performance. She holds a PhD in performance studies from New York University. Oliver served as both a Center panelist and LOI panelist in dance in 2013. In 2014, she served as a Performance LOI panelist.


Grants & Grantees

The Wilma Theater produced the American premiere of the first new play in 20 years by renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel.

The ICA presents Endless Shout, an interdisciplinary, multi-artist project examining the role of performance in museum spaces.

Pig Iron Theatre Company member Alex Torra talks about the experience of performing for Japanese audiences after premiering Zero Cost House in the United States.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Lucinda Childs is one of America’s most important modern choreographers and an original member of the Judson Dance Theater in New York.

Grants & Grantees

The world premiere of composer Ludwig’s song cycle for soprano, presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, will channel the voice and inner life of an imagined medieval “anchoress,” bridging Renaissance and contemporary musical languages.

Grants & Grantees

The Clay Studio developed a three-year strategic plan at a critical moment in its history, six years before the organization must relocate and leave its current facility.

We asked Philadelphia theater artist Mary Tuomanen to comment on the notion and nature of time in performance.

Choreographer Susan Rethorst visited the Center to speak with Pew Fellows about her work and process.

Grants & Grantees

Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The Performing Arts at Swarthmore College serve as educational and artistic laboratories, combining a rigorous liberal arts education with practical explorations of performance.

Grants & Grantees

Carol Antrom is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.

Promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble seeks to represent the country’s culture through dance.

Grants & Grantees

Andrew Simonet is a dance artist, a founder of Artists U and Headlong Dance Theater, and a 2006 Pew Fellow.