Mikhail Baryshnikov to Take Center Stage at Northwestern Graduation, 6/21

In 1990, he and choreographer Mark Morris founded the White Oak Dance Project and toured extensively around the world exposing new audiences to modern dance.

Baryshnikov has performed in numerous projects for film, television and stage. In 1977, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the film "The Turning Point." He was awarded an Emmy for "Baryshnikov on Broadway" with Liza Minelli in 1980. Many also know him from his appearances in the last season of HBO's "Sex in the City," as the Russian artist Alex Petrovsky, the love interest of Carrie, played by Sarah Jessica Parker.

Baryshnikov received a Drama Desk Award in 1989 for his theatrical and Broadway debut portraying Gregor Samsa in Steven Berkoff's adaptation of Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis." Other theater projects include Rezo Gabriadze's "Forbidden Christmas," Joann Akalaitis' "Beckett Shorts" and Dimitri Krymov's adaptation of Ivan Bunin's short story "In Paris." He is currently developing "Man in a Case," a theatrical adaptation of Chekov's short story, directed by Paul Lazar and Annie B-Parson for a March premiere at Hartford Stage.

In 2005 he founded the Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), a New York creative hub comprised of four large studios; the Howard Gilman Performance Space, a 136-seat black box performance space; and the 238-seat Jerome Robbins Theater. BAC serves approximately 500 artists and more than 22,000 audience members annually through presentations and artist residencies.

Baryshnikov has received numerous honors including a 2000 honor from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Medal of the Arts (2000), the Jerome Robbins Award (2005) and the University Chubb Fellowship (2003-04). In 2010, he was named an Officer of the French Legion of Honor.