Faculty Profile for Christa J Oliver

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Christa J Oliver
Lecturer — Department of Theatre & Dance
JOW B178A
phone: (512) 245-2949

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Christa Oliver is proud to be a Lecturer in the Dance Department at Texas State. Since relocating to Texas in 2012, she has taught and choreographed for Zach Theatre, The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Austin Community College, Huston-Tillotson University, and The Jewish Community Centre. Throughout her academic teaching career she has taught courses in Dance History, Choreography, Classical Ballet,Cunningham, Graham, Horton, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Liturgical, African and Musical Theatre Dance.
Christa's dance training began at the age of 12 with Archangel Dance Theatre in Youngstown, OH. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Akron, and at the age of twenty-one obtained a Master's in Dance Performance, and Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from The Laban Centre in London, England (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).
Christa has worked with renowned choreographers such as, Donald McKayle, Donald Byrd, Lula Washington, Christopher Huggins, Victor Quijada, Willi Dorner, Miguel Periera, Rafael Bonachela, Rennie Harris, Robin Lewis and Dominique Kelley.
Christa was the dance captain and soloist with the national tour of The Color Purple. Christa was cast as a dancer and actress in James Cameron's Oscar winning film AVATAR (2009); as dancer/actress in Tim Allen's film Crazy On The Outside; and has appeared on television in the Oxygen Network's Jersey Couture.
Christa continues to choreograph and dance as a performing artist today.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Choreographer/Coordinator, Translating Sequences. October 2018 - November 2018.
    Performances:
    • RRISD All District Dance Day. November 2018 Raymond Hartfield Performing Arts Center, Austin, TX.
    • Opening Door Dance Theatre. October 2018 Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
  • Coordinator/ movement consultant, IBA Hip-Hop Crazy in Love. October 2018 - November 2018.
    Performances:
    • RRISD All District Dance Day. November 2018 Raymond Hartfield Performing Arts Centre, Austin, TX.
  • Choreographer, Undergraduate Admissions. October 2018.
    Showings:
    • October 2018 Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.
  • Choreographer, Choreographic process. October 2018.
    Showings:
    • Texas State University.
  • Choreographer, Everything Scatter. May 2018.
    Performances:
    • Ramsey's. May 2018 Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi Favorite Professor 2016. January 20, 2016 - April 1, 2016
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Central Texas Excellence in Theatre Awards “Best Choreography” nomination for A Christmas Carol, Zach Theatre. December 2015

Selected Service Activities

Organizer
Chapa Middle School
November 2018-November 2018
Organizer
Jazz masterclass for Miller Middle School and Mountain Valley Middle School
October 2018-October 2018
Organizer
Masterclass for Simon Middle School
October 2018-October 2018
Organizer
March 9, 2018-March 9, 2018
Organizer
March 5, 2018-March 5, 2018