A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning internationally known African-American, Deaf choreographer, dancer, instructor, speaker, and Deaf advocate who performs throughout the Bay Area and the world including Europe, Africa, and South America. More recently Hunter has taught a workshop at Harvard Dance, has spoken for TedX UCDavisSF, and has lectured at Duke University, Stanford, has been a keynote speaker for WAC Educator Conference, Kennedy Center’s VSA 2017 Intersection Conference on Arts and Special Education, and will speak soon at the National State Assembly for the Arts. He is also crowned King of SF Carnaval 2017 and has been featured on the front cover of Cal Art’s The Pool, Deaf Life, in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Dance Magazine and in Oakland North, 48Hills, CNN’s Great Big Story, Splinter and KQED Arts. He is the former president of Bay Area Black Deaf Advocates and Director-at-Large for Northern California Association of the Deaf. Hunter actively supports DeafHope, an organization whose mission is to end domestic and sexual violence in Deaf communities through empowerment and education. He teaches dance and ASL in both Hearing and Deaf communities and is the founder and artistic director of Urban Jazz Dance Company.
He has been producing the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival since 2013 which received an Isadora Duncan (Izzie) Award in 2018. His projects have been awarded funding by CA$H Theater Bay Area, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, California Arts Council, and San Francisco Arts Commission.