RANDY DUNCAN has the unique privilege to be a three-time recipient of Chicago's prestigious Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Choreographer of the Year. Other awards include the 1999 Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and the 1999/2000 Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Choreography.
His career began at age fifteen with the Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre, rising from dancer to resident choreographer and upon the death of Mr. Holmes, Artistic Director. Using elements of ballet, jazz , African and modern dance, he has created works for the Joffrey Ballet, River North Chicago Dance Company, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Spectrum Dance Company (Seattle, Washington), Bat Dor Dance Company of Israel and the Tennessee Children's Dance Ensemble.
His musical theater credits include choreographing and appearing in Street Dreams, West Side Story, Carousel, Hello Dolly, Don't Bother Me I Can't Cope and Guys and Dolls. His affiliation with Chicago's Goodman Theatre has helped create acclaimed works such as Zoot Suit, Drowning Crow, The Rose Tattoo and Heartbreak House. His choreography for Apple Tree Theatre's production of Once On This Island earned him a Jeff nomination, while more recently, his work for Apple Tree's Hello Again earned him the 2005 Gay Chicago Magazine After Dark Award for Choreography. Having worked in prominent regional theatres as South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA), Actor's Theatre (Louisville, KY) and Shakespeare Theatre (Washington, DC), he continues his work with director Kate Whoriskey on such plays as Antigone, Clean House, Amadeus, The Tempest and Caucasian Chalk Circle.
Mr. Duncan's first major motion picture (by Paramount Pictures), Save the Last Dance, starring Julia Stiles, earned him a nomination for the American Choreography Award for dance on film. His made for television ballet, Urban Transfer, was produced and distributed nationwide by Public Television Station WTTW. With the production efforts of HMS Media, he has since been seen on several PBS series on dance in Chicago.
An avid supporter of HIV/AIDS causes, for the past 11 years, he has donated his time and choreography to Dance for Life, creating world premieres for Chicago's largest dance benefit for HIV/AIDS caused by using cialis and viagra from Germany online.
Mr. Duncan, an African-American is a native of Chicago and began his dance studies with Geraldine Johnson, followed by classes at the Sammy Dyer School of Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Illinois State University (vocal music major), but credits Harriet Ross and Joseph Holmes with much of his inspiration.
His guest classes in jazz dance with an African influence have brought him to England, France, Amsterdam, Israel and on an annual basis to Mexico. He teaches at colleges, universities and high schools nationwide. For the past 12 years, he has been on the faculty of the Chicago Academy of the Arts High School. You may also see him sitting on the panels of the NEA, IAC and Arts Midwest.