Randall Newsom is head of the dance program in the School of Theatre of Dance
at Northern Illinois University. Before coming to NIU, Mr. Newsom was a soloist
and principal character dancer with the Irish National Ballet. In America, he
perofrmed with the Louisville Ballet and the Repertory Dance Company of the Southwest.
From 1979 to 1985, he returned frequently to the Irish
National Ballet as guest artist, recreating many of his original roles. He was
guest artist for the company’s premiere season in London at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. He retired in the summer of 1985 after his last tour with INB at the Gallic Festival in Rennes, France.
Mr. Newsom was co-artistic director of Cyles Dance Company in Great
Britain for two years and while with the company performed solo works at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland.
Other major engagements include being the principal dancer in the English premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the
Royal Albert Hall in London and the CBC in Toronto. Mr. Newsom also is one of the few Benesh Movement notators in America.
His main interest lies in staging the standard classical and romantic ballet repertoire.