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Darryl Thomas

Professor, Theatre/Dance

(503) 838-8375 | thomasd@wou.edu | Maple Hall

Darryl Thomas is a Professor of Dance at Western Oregon University where he teaches composition, jazz dance, contemporary partnering and modern technique. As Co-Artistic Director of Rainbow Dance Theatre, Darryl has performed and choreographed in Bermuda, England, Denmark, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico and throughout the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. In 1993 he received the Hawaii State Dance Council Award for choreography. A former dancer and artistic collaborator in the world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Darryl’s performing credits include the 1996 Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and the PBS televised special for the 25th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for which he received an EMMY. Most recently he performed at the 5th Annual Contemporary Dance Festival in Mexico City, D.F. In Summer 1999 Darryl taught contemporary partnering Kalani Honua in Hilo, Hawaii. In addition he received a commission to choreograph a new work for Nemian Contemporary Dance Company in Mexico City, D.F. In both the Summer 2000 & 2001 he was the artist in residence for the Santa Fe Dance Institute held in Gainesville, Florida. Darryl’s teaching appointments include visiting professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and Pusan National University in Pusan, South Korea and as guest instructor at the Centro Nacional des Bellas Artes of Mexico City, D.F. and Studio Dance Tanz in Osaka, Japan. Darryl received his Masters of Fine Arts in performance and choreography from the University of Hawaii. In February 2002 Darryl was honored with the Living Legend Award given by Willamette University for his artistic contributions within the Willamette Valley.