Dorothy began work as a choreographer while studying in the BFA Dance program at SMU, 1995-1999.  Set to a wide range of musical scores by Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Claude Bolling, and Astor Piazzola among others, her works were performed at concerts presenting student work, as well as at SMU’s Commencement Ceremonies in 1999.  The following year, while dancing as an Apprentice for Colorado Ballet, her work was performed by Colorado Ballet II. 

After a number of years concentrating on her performing career, Dorothy returned to choreographic work in the Fall of 2015, performing Prelude Variation at the B. Iden Payne Theatre, and directing/choreographing the film Prelude.  


University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance, Fall For Dance 2015, B. Iden Payne Theater Chian-Ann Lu, Lighting Designer. Choreographed and performed by Dorothy O'Shea Overbey. Chopin Prelude #15, 'Raindrop,' Evgeny Kissin, piano



In 2016, Dorothy worked as a choreographer, dancer, and producer in a multi-fielded collaboration at UT’s College of Fine Arts.  Involving the Butler School’s Cordova Quartet, Faculty, BFA, and MFA dancers from the Dance Department, Integrated Media and Costume design from the Theatre Department, and filmmakers from Radio-Television-Film, String Circle was performed at Austin's SXSW Music Festival, University of Texas Bates Recital Hall, and The Blanton Museum of Art.
Echoing the real-life process of collaboration, String Circle evolved in to a poignant narrative, watching the evolution of the relationship between musician and dancer on stage.  Beginning as two disparate groups, the dancers and musicians eventually intertwined, physically and emotionally.  A meaningful experience for all involved, the relationships built by this collaboration remain as playful and poignant as the performances themselves.  

Performing in the public fringes of downtown Austin, String Circle takes on a beast of a collaboration, intertwined with persistent conscious cycles of individualism and collectivism. The piece explores the boundaries of interacting and the many forms it fills.