Choreographer & Creativity Cultivator
Since her graduation from Barnard College in 1963, Twyla Tharp has created more than 130 dances, choreographed five Hollywood movies, and directed and choreographed two Broadway shows. She has written an autobiography and received two Emmy Awards, 18 honorary doctorates and numerous grants including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship. Her self-help book on the habits of highly creative people, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life, was recently released. Read More >
"[Tharp’s presentation] went extremely well, and each piece of her engagement was very well received. Her informal chat with area dance students was informative and intimate; her meet and greet was filled with excited dance students along with donors; and her presentation was marvelous, and included an impromptu performance by one of the dance studios who had been here the whole visit. [Attendees] are still raving about her visit and we were thrilled to have her with us to share her thoughts on the creative spirit and process."
"‘Exceeded my expectations’ was the most common notation on the evaluation forms. Even though there was no space on the evaluation forms for comments specific to individual speakers, many people made a special effort to comment about how they especially enjoyed your presentation. Compliments included:
‘Tharp’s insights were invaluable.’
'She’s transformed me!'
It’s no wonder that on the evaluation forms attendees consistently ranked her among their favorite speakers at the conference."
"It was wonderful! Everything worked out perfectly: she arrived on time (actually fifteen minutes early); had a meet-and-greet at the reception; President Levinson welcomed her to the 300+ audience members; Professor Renae Edge then introduced Twyla followed by the montage DVD.
Twyla's talk was riveting, engaging (she invited two people from the audience to participate), informative, and amusing. It was well received – a standing ovation. She took questions from the audience as well as signed about 75 books.
We have received nothing but rave reviews for such an excellent choice of speaker who epitomized our festival's theme of ‘Creativity Across the Curriculum.’"