A native Houstonian, Mr. O'Keefe was awarded a scholarship to Houston Ballet Academy in 1981, joined the Company one year later, was promoted to Soloist in 1985, and was named a Principal Dancer in 1995. In March 1997 Houston Ballet Artistic Director Ben Stevenson created the title role of Dracula for Mr. O'Keefe. He has performed this role across the globe, winning praise from critics in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Toronto. In March 2000 he danced "Caesar" and "Alcebiades" in the world premiere of Mr. Stevenson's Cleopatra. Favorite parts in other works by Mr. Stevenson include the title role in Peer Gynt; "Lorenzo" and the "Lead Matador" in Don Quixote; "Father Frost" in The Snow Maiden; Evening Pas De Deux with Naomi Glass; and "Ugly Stepsister" in Cinderella. Other favorite roles include "Monsieur G.M." in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon; "Danilo" in Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow; "Pan" in Glen Tetley's Daphnis and Chloe; the "Head Mistress" in Graduation Ball; "Madge" in La Syphide; and "Hilarion" in Giselle. He has also performed roles in works by Jiri Kylian, Christopher Bruce, Paul Taylor, James Kudelka, Trey McIntyre, Sean Kelly, and Lila York. Mr. O'Keefe has choreographed two works for Houston Ballet's Cullen Contemporary Series, Fascinating Evening and Uncommon Valor; as well as two works for Houston Ballet Academy, Leaves and Shostakovich Suite. He has also choreographed Love Thing and Ragtime Dance for the Texas Ballet Theater. Last year Mr. O'Keefe choreographed Peter and the Wolf for a joint collaboration with TBT II and Children's Education Program Performing Arts Fort Worth performed at Bass Hall with the Fort Worth Symphony. This is Mr. O'Keefe's twelfth season.