September 26, 2013
Congratulations to renowned dancer and choreographer Kyle Abraham '00, who is among 24 creative individuals to be named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Often called the Genius Award, the prestigious honor comes with a stipend of $625,000 paid over five years. The award comes with no strings attached—no stipulations or reporting requirements—providing maximum freedom for recipients to follow their own creative vision.
The Pittsburgh native is the founder of his own company, Abraham.In.Motion and several Purchase College alumni have performed with his company, including Addison Reese '11, Rena Butler '11, Chalvar Monteiro '10, Amber Parker '07 , Hsiao Jou Tang '08 and Connie Shiau '12. In 2012 he received a Jacob's Pillow Dance Award and was a USA Ford Fellow. He's also a 2012–2014 Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts.
An active contributor to the Conservatory of Dance since he graduated, he has been a frequent guest at the college, teaching modern technique classes and setting solos on seniors. One of these solos was on the program at the Conservatory of Dance's New York Live Arts season this past May.
"This year's class of MacArthur Fellows is an extraordinary group of individuals who collectively reflect the breadth and depth of American creativity," said Cecilia Conrad, Vice President, MacArthur Fellows Program. "They are artists, social innovators, scientists, and humanists who are working to improve the human condition and to preserve and sustain our natural and cultural heritage. Their stories should inspire each of us to consider our own potential to contribute our talents for the betterment of humankind."