Randy Duncan, a native of Chicago, who began his dance training with Ms. Geraldine Johnson and credits much of his artistic development with Harriet Ross and Joseph Holmes, has the unique privilege to be a three-time recipient of Chicago’s prestigious Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Choreographer of the year.
He has received numerous other awards including the Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, three Black Theatre Alliance Awards for theatre and the Gay Chicago Magazine After Dark Award for his work in Apple Tree Theatre’s production of Hello Again. He earned an American Choreography Award Nomination for his choreography in the block buster movie Save the Last Dance, starring Julia Stiles.
Mr. Duncan’s work has been seen in the companies of Joffrey Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, Ballet Met of Columbus, Ohio, Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble and many others. While working in such theatres as the Goodman, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Repertory, Actor’s Theatre, Court Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Portland Opera, he has created original choreography for Hair, Carousel, Zoot Suit, Once On This Island, The Rose Tattoo, Amadeus, Antigone, Death and the King’s Horseman, Pirates of Penzance and the Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined. He has worked at Yale University where he choreographed director Liz Diamond’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale which included the performance of Oscar winner Lupita N’yongo.
Most recently, he returned to Yale to continue his association with Ms. Diamond on Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of Brecht’s play, The Caucasian Chalk Circle. He is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Union as well as Actor’s Equity. Randy has been inducted into his alma mater, Illinois State University’s Hall of Fame. He teaches worldwide and for the past 20 years has been on the faculty of The Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA), where he now serves as Dance Department Chair. Randy has been choreographing the finale for Chicago’s annual Dance for Life fundraising gala since 1995 and has received the 2013 AIDS Foundation Chicago Civic Leadership Award for his work with Dance for Life.