Tere O’Connor has been making dances since 1982 and has created over 35 works for his company, Tere O’Connor Dance. The company has performed throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Canada. O’Connor has also created works for dance companies and soloists around the world, including Lyon Opera Ballet, White Oak Dance Project, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Jean Butler. He is the recipient of three Bessie Awards, a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship, a 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship, and most recently, a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. O’Connor is currently a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and divides his time between New York and Illinois.