Peter DiMuro has woven a career as a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, facilitator and arts engager, touring and teaching internationally.
His current creative umbrella is Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, a company that develops and performs artistic works and cultivates dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. The company was recently awarded a Boston Center for the Arts residency, as well as the Boston Dance Alliance’s 2014/15 Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship. Peter was a Boston Mayor’s Office Artist in Residence inaugural cohort participant, a recipient of a 2017 Creative City grant from New England Foundation for the Arts; and received a lifetime achievement award from Salem State University in 2017. Peter was named by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum its inaugural Choreographer in Residence for 2018. Peter also serves as a consultant in arts and corporate settings, most recently with Whole Foods and with the all-male drag ballet company, Le Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
In his earlier Boston years, he created work with his own Peter DiMuro Performance Associates and danced with Gerri Houlihan, Ruth Birnberg, Susan Rose and in the eclectic repertory (Bebe Miller, Lucinda Childs, Charles Moulton, Wendy Perron) of Concert Dance Company. He made his professional debut at what is now The Dance Complex’s Julie Ince Thompson Theatre.
Peter was Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 2003-2008, capping a 15-year relationship as performer. lead-artist/director and collaborator with the inter/national touring company founded by MacArthur “Genius” Lerman.
Peter was named a White House Millennial Artist in 2000, a 1995 Mayor of Boston/ProArts Award recipient, and his work has received grants/support from the National Performance Network, the Mass Artists’ Foundation, Mass Cultural Council, MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2010, he represented the US as an emissary for the Department of State in Madrid, teaching and adjudicating an international competition for emerging artists.
Peter has taught for Cornerstone Theatre Institute/LA, American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival and adjudicated American College Dance Festival Association regional conferences. He has been affiliated with Tufts University (artist in residence), Drexel University (associate professor), Michigan State University (guest artist/commissionee), American University, Emerson College, Boston University, The Boston Conservatory, and several college programs throughout his career.
Peter’s work has appeared on tour and been commissioned by leading presenters, including The Kennedy Center/DC, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center/MD, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Dance Place/DC, DanceNOW at Joe’s Public Theatre/NY, Dance Umbrella, the Emerson Majestic, Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, AURAS Dance/Lithuania, as well as on a nationally aired television commercial for the National Institute on Aging. He directed seminal projects for Dance Exchange, including “The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Project” and the 17-city tour of “Hallelujah Project”, both engaging communities in dialogue and action to make dance/theatre. His “Gumdrops and the Funny Uncle” looks at multiple definitions of what makes a family, in a work set at the winter holidays.
He has served on the boards of the Dance Umbrella/Boston, National Performance Network, Dance/USA, Capitol Region Educators in Dance Organization, and as a mentor and panelist for New England Foundation for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, DC Commission for the Arts.
He received an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College under Martha Myers; a BFA in Theatre from Drake University, with early study with Sally Garfield, and continued study in New York, Boston and at the American Dance Festival. Originally from Round Lake, IL (population, circa 1970: 250), he is the youngest of three children, the son of the Chief of Police (Dad) and a machinist /gal Friday (Mom). He has a niece named for the Crayola crayon, Sienna.
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