Peter Pucci Named New Artistic Director of the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation
Choreographer Peter Pucci has been appointed Artistic Director of the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation as of January 2014. The appointment has been announced by Executive Director Kaylen Ratto Giannini.
"On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Steffi Nossen Dance Foundation, I'm thrilled that the illustrious Peter Pucci has joined the Steffi family to bring an exemplary artistic direction to our students and community. With Peter at the helm, we expect our students to gain remarkable exposure to the contemporary dance world and to grow exponentially as artists. In addition to our stellar faculty, Steffi dancers continue to have the most qualified and passionate instructors in all of Westchester County." - Kaylen Ratto Giannini, Executive Director.
Pucci, a 20 year resident of Mt. Kisco, brings four decades of award-winning international experience as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher to his new role. He will begin his tenure as producer of the Foundation's annual Community and Benefit Concerts to take place at the SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center March 27 - 29. He is currently setting a new work on the Steffi Nossen Dance Company to be premiered on the program.
A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance, Pucci was a principal dancer, choreographer and rehearsal director with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for nine years, touring internationally, before forming his own company, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers (PP+). PP+ has performed extensively, including six seasons at New York's Joyce Theater. Pucci has created ballets for many of the top ballet companies including the Joffrey Ballet and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He works as a Movement Director for theater productions regionally and in NYC including recent productions at New York's Roundabout Theatre Company, Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the Big Apple Circus. Most recently Pucci was commissioned to create the choreography for "Dream On By" with music by Paul Simon for the State Street Ballet in California. He is an Artist in Residence at Manhattanville College, and a guest artist at the Juilliard School of Drama.
Among his many choreography awards are a Special Drama Desk Award for work in Horton Foote's "Orphan's Home Cycle", Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Choreographer for "Queens Boulevard (the musical", and ArtsWestchester Artist of the Year.