Cynthia Oliver is a Bronx born, Virgin Island reared dance maker. Her work incorporates textures of Caribbean performance with African and American aesthetic sensibilities. She has toured the globe as a featured dancer with contemporary companies David Gordon Pick Up Co., Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Bebe Miller Company and Tere O'Connor Dance and as an actor in works by Laurie Carlos, Greg Tate, Ione, Ntozake Shange, and Deke Weaver. She earned a PhD in performance studies from New York University, is widely published, and has won numerous awards including a New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award. At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she is professor in the dance department, director of the MFA Program and currently Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Humanities, Arts and Related Fields. Her recent performance work, Virago-Man Dem, premiered at BAM's Next Wave Festival and is touring the country.