Tere O'Connor is a Center for Advanced Studies Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the artistic director of Tere O'Connor Dance. He has created over 45 works for his company and toured them throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Canada. He has created numerous commissioned works for other dance companies, including the Lyon Opera Ballet and the White Oak Dance Project, and solo works for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jean Butler. In 2014, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. O'Connor received a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, is a 2009 United States Artist Rockefeller Fellow, and is a 1993 Guggenheim Fellow and has received numerous other grants and awards. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts/National Dance Project, The MAP Fund, and many other organizations. He has received three New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Awards. An articulate and provocative educator, O'Connor has taught at festivals and universities around the globe for 25 years. He is in residence at the university for the spring semester each year and in New York or on tour for the remainder of the year. He is an active participant in the New York dance community, mentoring young artists, teaching, writing, and volunteering in various capacities. His most recent work, BLEED, premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in December 2013 and toured throughout the United States through spring 2015. O'Connor will premiere a new work for 12 dancers at the Kitchen in New York City in December 2015.