Dance Department Programming Director
Susan O’Connell is an award winning choreographer and longtime teacher in the Chicago area dance community. She studied at Stone-Camryn School of Ballet in Chicago and later was a ballet and choreography student at the University of Utah. She performed with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in the 1980’s under the direction of Lou Conte where she danced his quintessential works as well as the works of many other leading choreographers. She worked on the staff at the School of Salt Creek Ballet for twenty years with eight of those years also serving as resident choreographer and ballet mistress for their regional company. She received the Monticello Scholarship, the Choreographer’s Connection Award and is a two time recipient of the prestigious National Choreography Plan Award through Regional Dance America. She has been engaged by many other regional companies to set her pieces or create new works. She has also taught on the staff at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, the River North Dance Studio, and Dance West Ballet, and has performed in professional musical theater, commercials, films and industrials. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Chicago’s unique award winning dance theater company, Lucky Plush Productions.