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Michele de la Reza PeterKope

Attack Theatre
Artistic Director
Pittsburgh, PA
Now celebrating its 25th year, Attack Theatre combines modern dance, original live music, multimedia and interdisciplinary art forms to create performances in Pittsburgh, throughout the US and around the world. Under the artistic direction of Co-founders Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, Attack Theatre has presented work for the Avignon Festival, the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival/Japan, Indonesia Arts Festival, Monaco Danses Forum, the Spoleto Festival, the Broadway production of Squonk, over two dozen operas and symphonies worldwide and produced over 150 original works in theatrical and site specific settings. In addition to their extensive performing and touring, Attack Theatre has brought their arts education programs to schools and community environments nationally and internationally, conducting hundreds of residencies, workshops and master classes for students, educators and communities. As co-founders of Attack Theatre, Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza were multi-year recipients of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Choreography fellowship award, the Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts award, Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch", Hardie Arts Educator of the Year, and named “Top 50 Cultural Leaders of Pittsburgh. Peter and Michele are acclaimed master teachers in schools and universities, and are faculty members at Carnegie Mellon University where Attack Theatre is Dance Company in Residence for the School of Music. Peter and Michele were company members of NYC-based PerksDanceMusicTheatre for seven years, leading dancers with Dance Alloy for eight years under the artistic direction of Mark Taylor, and Peter performed and toured extensively with Jacob Pillow’s “Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy” and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Michele received her BFA from the Juilliard School and a Masters of Science in Developmental Movement from the University of Pittsburgh. www.attacktheatre.com