Amy Wilkinson, Artistic Director...
Ms. Amy M. Wilkinson holds an MEd in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago where she is currently a full-time Advanced Lecturer and where she was awarded the 2016 Langerbeck Faculty Mentorship award. Ms. Wilkinson was also nominated by the student body as one of eight finalists for Faculty Member of the Year for her commitment to instruction, student development, and innovative programming. She is also the Executive Director of IN/Motion: Chicago's Dance Film Festival, and Artistic Director of the After School Matters Dance Ensemble, a summer apprenticeship program that provides arts training for Chicago Public High School students.
Ms. Wilkinson began her professional performance career with the Open Door Theater in Boulder, Colorado after graduating from the University of Iowa where she double majored in Dance and Communications. She has performed with numerous Chicago companies including Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Same Planet Different World, and Thodos Dance Chicago, for whom she also served as the educational outreach coordinator and wrote, directed, and produced a physics-based touring performance, The Science of Motion - The Art of Dance. Ms. Wilkinson has choreographed many musicals including The Music Man, Oliver!, and Guys and Dolls, and has set original works on contemporary companies CDI/Concert Dance Inc., Thodos Dance, Inaside Dance Company, Impetus Dance Theater, and Instruments of Movement among others. She has choreographed Hansel and Gretel, Dido and Aeneas, The Cunning Little Vixen, and Iolanthe for DePaul Opera Theater and her work has been performed at local, national, and international venues including the Ravinia Music Festival’s Rising Stars Concert Series, Dance Chicago, The New Prague Dance Festival, Nanjing China Normal University, The Istanbul Festival of Music and Dance and most recently, a collaboration with the International Choir and Orchestra of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Ms. Wilkinson is currently an artistic associate with CDI/Concert Dance Inc., where she has collaborated on several commissions including Lincoln Letters, and Salon de Mexico; and she played a featured role in the Emmy nominated performance of Billy Sunday, Ruth Page’s classic ballet re-envisioned by Venetia Stifler.