Peter Pucci was born and raised in Baltimore. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA. For nine years he was a member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre, where he served as principal dancer, co-choreographer, and rehearsal director. While with Pilobolus, Peter toured and taught worldwide, made several film and television appearances, performed on Broadway, collaborated on many Pilobolus pieces, and presented his own works on Pilobolus programs.
Pucci has choreographed ballets for numerous ballet and modern dance companies both in the US and abroad. For The Joffrey Ballet, he has created Moon of the Falling Leaves, After the Fall, and Willing and Able/Billboards, the evening length ballet to the music of rock star Prince also presented on PBS' Great Performances. Additional commissions include ballets for Alberta Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Met, State Street Ballet, Colorado Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet.
Pucci has created movement for many theatrical productions and has worked with many renowned directors including Sam Shepard, Doug Hughes, Michael Wilson, Emily Mann and Michael Kahn. His Movement Direction work in New York includes The Orphans' Home Cycle, The Late Henry Moss, Paradise Park at The Signature Theater; Death Takes a Holiday at The Roundabout Theater; Eyes for Consuela at the Manhattan Theatre Club; People Be Heard at Playwrights Horizons; After Ashley at The Vineyard Theater and True Love at The Zipper Theatre. Pucci was also the choreographer for The Big Apple Circus production of Dance On at Lincoln Center.
Other Movement Direction credits include: Miss Julie at Yale Repertory Theatre; Fall at Baltimore Center Stage and Berkeley Repertory Theatre; Merry Wives of Windsor, Beaux' Stratagem, Ion and Twelfth Night at The Shakespeare Theatre; Hamlet, The Cherry Orchard, The Learned Ladies, The Importance of Being Earnest and Fool for Love for The McCarter Theater; Macbeth, Camino Real, and Midsummer Night's Dream for Hartford Stage; Love's Labor's Lost at Shakespeare Santa Cruz and the national tour of The Civil War. Pucci has also created movement for industrials, fashion shows, commercials, videos, film, television, skaters, opera and several dance segments for the children's television program Bear in the Big Blue House.
Pucci also directs and choreographs for his own, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers. Since its founding, the company has performed annually in New York City, including five appearances at The Joyce Theater, and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. The company has twice been presented on public television by KRMA-TV Denver, One Night Only and Peter Pucci: Curtain Time. The second program has been rebroadcast nationwide on PBS. PP+ had its Broadway premiere at The New Victory Theater. In addition to creating numerous ballets in the US Pucci has choreographed over 50 repertory works for PP+.
Pucci was honored as the first recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps Humphrey/Weidman/Limon Fellowship, a choreographic commission awarded by the American Dance Festival. Pucci is also the winner of an Absolute Joffrey Award for Choreography and two Choo-San Goh Awards for Choreography. Pucci was a Drama Desk Award Nominee for Outstanding Choreography and a Lucille Lortel Awardee for Outstanding Choreographer for his work on Queens Boulevard. Pucci has received the Westchester Artist of the Year Award from ArtsWestchester. Pucci also received a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Orphans' Home Cycle.
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