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Making his HGO debut, Donald Byrd is the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater and a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. He has created works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, and The Joffrey Ballet, among others. He has worked extensively in theater and opera including with the NY Public Theater, the 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle Opera, Dutch National Opera, and San Francisco Opera. He has been a Fellow at The American Academy of Jerusalem, a United States Artists James Baldwin Fellow, a Resident Fellow at The Rockefeller Center Bellagio, and a Fellow at the Harvard-based Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. Byrd’s honors include the Doris Duke Artist Award, James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts (Cornish College of the Arts), a Master of Choreography Award (The Kennedy Center), and the Mayor’s Arts Award for his contributions to the city of Seattle.

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