August Tye


The American dancer-choreographer’s operatic credits include remounting the choreography of Lyric’s Iphigénie en Tauride at San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Tye performed with The Kalamazoo Ballet, dancing leading roles in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. She is a past recipient of Regional Dance America’s Best Young Choreographer Award (at age 15) and a two-time recipient of the Monticello Young Choreographer’s Award: the latter garnered her invitations to choreograph throughout America. In addition to Lyric and Joel Hall Dancers, she has performed in Chicago with Salt Creek Ballet, Second City Ballet, and Chicago Folks Operetta. Tye is artistic director at the Hyde Park School of Dance, which she founded in 1993. Four years later she founded Tyego Dance Project, which has performed at Steppenwolf, the Athenaeum, and throughout America in a revival of Spike Jones’s Nutcracker.

Previously at Lyric: 39 productions since 1993|94 as dancer, choreographer, or ballet mistress, most recently Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, Luisa Miller (all 2019|20).

Last updated: October 12, 2019