Peter Kope, Co-Artistic Director and Founder
Michele de la Reza, Co-Artistic Director and Founder
As co-founders and artistic directors of Attack Theatre, Peter and Michele have toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan and choreographed and performed works for the Avignon Festival (France), the 7th Next Wave Dance Festival (Japan), Indonesia Arts Festival (Indonesia), Monaco Danses Forum (Monaco), the Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC) and the Broadway production of Squonk. They performed with NYC based PerksDanceMusicTheatre for seven years and were leading dancers with Dance Alloy for eight years performing the works of choreographers including Mark Taylor, David Rousseve, Elizabeth Streb and David Dorfman. Peter also danced with Jacob Pillow's Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy and the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. As the resident movement directors and choreographers for the Pittsburgh Opera they have choreographed operas including Rigoletto, Carmen and Dead Man Walking.
Peter and Michele are the recipients of three PA Council on the Arts fellowships, the Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award, Hardie Arts Educator of the Year Award, named one of "25 to Watch" in 2007 by Dance Magazine, and named four times as Pittsburgh's Top 50 Cultural Powerbrokers by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Peter and Michele are acclaimed master teachers, conducting residencies for students and seniors, professional development workshops for teachers and coordinated curriculum development for CAPA, Helen Faison Academy and Carnegie Mellon School of Music/Movement program.
Michele received her BFA from the Juilliard School and a Masters of Science in Developmental Movement/Motor Learning from the University of Pittsburgh. Peter holds a degree in Management and minor in Marketing from the University of Dayton.
As dancers, the couple's mutual excellence generates fearless, uninhibited performances.
Dave Eggar, Music Director
Dave has been music director and composer with Attack Theatre since 2000 and has performed throughout the world as a solo cellist and pianist. Recent engagements for this Grammy nominated artist include Carnegie Hall, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center Festival, Stuttgart Bach Festival, Barbican Center Concert Hall London, LACMA, Jakarta Anniversary Festival, Tokyo and New York Blue Note, JVC Jazz Festival, Festival di Mexico, Movistar tent Barcelona, Hebst Hall San Francisco, and many others. Dave has performed and recorded with many artists including the Who, Michael Brecker, Evanescence, Josh Groban, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Dave Sanborn, Manhattan Transfer, Kathleen Battle, Ornette Coleman, Breaking Benjamin, Ruggiero Ricci, Eugenia Zuckerman, and DJ Spooky. A graduate of the Juilliard School and Harvard University, Dave has released three records on the Virgin/Domo label, and is touring with his most recent, "Left of Blue". Dave has collaborated with many dance companies as composer and featured performer including the New York City Ballet (Chris Wheeldon's Morphosen), Shen Wei Dance Arts(Connect Tranfer) Jose Limon Dance Company (Moor's Pavane, La Malinche, Musical Offering), Rebecca Stenn Dance (Blueprint), and Dance Brasil. Dave is a fouding member of the FLUX quartet and has premiered works by Frank Zappa, Conlon Nancarrow, Sir Harrison Birtwhislte, John Pattitucci, John Eaton, Augusta Read Thomas, Oliver Lake, and Ornette Coleman. He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Time Magazine and the Leonard Bernstein foundation for his work in contemporary music.
Superb solo work ... one of the best players I have ever heard.
New York Times
Having moved to Pittsburgh to pursue and receive a degree in Modern Dance at Point Park University, this New England native is proud to call Pittsburgh her home. Kaitlin has performed with such local companies as the Pillow Project, Knot Dance, No Name Players during their annual SWAN Day and Bricolage during their run of STRATA. She spent two seasons with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet where she both choreographed and danced. Kaitlin has had to opportunity to present choreography at the Grey Box, the New Hazlett, and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. In her spare time she choreographs for musicals at Act One Theatre School in the North Hills and teaches fitness classes at Club One Pittsburgh. Kaitlin began working with Attack Theatre in 2011.
Nile Alicia Ruff
Nile Alicia Ruff grew up in Washington DC. She studied West African dance, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, Graham, Dunham and Horton. She attended the Duke Ellington High-School of the Arts and upon graduation went on to attend Point Park University. At Point Park she performed works by Robert Battle, Martha Graham, Christopher Huggins, Jose' Limon, Kyle Abraham, and many others. She graduated with her BFA in 2014. Nile attended The Ailey School on scholarship and did intensives at Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Washington Ballet, and Deeply Rooted dance Theatre. This is her first season with Attack Theatre and she is truly grateful for the opportunity.
Originally from West Virginia, Dane graduated with a BFA in dance from Point Park University. While in school, he had the opportunity of working with numerous faculty members and guest artists including Dawn Stoppiello of Troika Ranch and Doug Varone of Doug Varone and Dancers. Before college, he trained intensively with Toneta Akers-Toler, founder and artistic director of the West Virginia Dance Company (WVDC). Dane has also spent 14 summers with Theatre West Virginia's Outdoor Drama Company and has performed as a guest artist with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the WVDC. Dane began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2008.
Anthony Williams, a Chicago native, is a Pittsburgh-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. Anthony has a strong investment in his community, and his work is a reflection of who he is as a community member, artist, and an advocate for social justice. His ongoing commitment lies in the empowerment of the oppressed and facilitating the discovery of self through art making and process. As a full time dancer with Attack Theater (Pgh) he is excited by the possibilities of movement as a tool to unlock play, power, and potential. Anthony has performed with Congo Square Theater Company (Chicago), Staycee Pearl dance project (Pgh), Texture Contemporary Ballet (Pgh) August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble (Pgh), and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago). As a choreographer, he has created original works for Carnegie Mellon University’s Infra Dance Company, Reed Dance, Hope Academy, and Dreams of Hope. In 2015 and 2013, Anthony premiered work at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival. In 2014, he was selected as a Kelly Strayhorn Theater Fresh Works Residency artist for the development of Loving Black, which was supported by The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh Foundation, and Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. He frequently collaborates with vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield and in 2014 his choreography was featured in her performance “On The Edge of Night” alongside musician Daniel Bernard Roumain and poet Yona Harvey.
Ashley relocated to Pittsburgh to start a new life with her best friend and husband, Joe in 2006. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Ashley spent 6 seasons dancing and touring with Prometheus Dance, a modern dance-theater company in Boston. Originally from Colorado, Ashley's training includes 13 summers at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, a BA in Dance (CU-Boulder), and graduate studies at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie in Holland. Along the way, Ashley also went to school for a "serious career" earning a BS in Aerospace Engineering (CU-Boulder) and an MS in Electrical Engineering (MIT), and to her parents' chagrin, she has been dancing happily ever since . . . however, she does still spend her free time investigating the biochemical properties of cartilage using magnetic resonance imaging. Ashley is honored to be performing and creating art with Peter and Michele and is thrilled by the opportunity to work with Attack Theatre's amazing dancers and collaborators. Ashley began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2007.
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Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Sarah attended Point Park University and graduated summa cum-laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Theatre. After graduating she moved to New York City, where she worked with the NYC Metropolitan Opera, Doug Varone, Jessica Taylor—DamageDance, ZviDance, Caleb Teicher & Company, Lorena Egan, and Gibney Dance GRIT. Other credits include: National Tour of The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and West Side Story as Anybodys. Sarah can also be found teaching pilates as part of Awakening Movement in NYC, as well as teaching and sharing dance in prisons through Shining Light.
Daniel Fleegle, Audience and Communications Associate
Daniel graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BA in International Studies and minors in Spanish and Environmental Policy. After college, he served his coffee shop years before transitioning to marketing and communications as an intern for Michigan Creative. Daniel came to Pittsburgh as an Americorps VISTA for the Millvale Community Library, where he developed a communications strategy and outreach resources. He continues to volunteer for the library, while also helping to launch a local tech start-up that supports volunteers and the communities they serve. With the sparse free time that remains, Daniel enjoys waxing poetic on the joys of cooking, reading, and dancing as the Queen of Southern Comfort, Ms. Veranda Porch—along side her talk show companions Gazebo Lanai and Patti O'Pergula. [Patent (leather) Pending]
Rebecca Himberger, Executive Director
Rebecca Himberger is a native of the Washington, DC area, but is a lifetime Pittsburgher at heart. She serves, manages, and markets artists during the day, and moonlights as a ballroom-dancing, dog-walking, jogging, motorcycle-riding, golfer by night. Prior to her work with Attack Theatre (where she has developed and implemented several successful and not-so-successful crowd-sourcing programs, microgiving campaigns, co-curated works and revamped their audience engagement practices), she served as the Department Head of Dance at Camp Louise, the Media Representative for Pittsburgh Oceana and Sierra Club's Mercury Campaign, as the choreography intern at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera for the 2005 summer stock season and taught preschool to suburban Pittsburgh four-year-olds. Rebecca is a proud Lawrenceville resident, proficient knitter, black-thumbed gardener, obsessive dog mother, and lover of the arts. Her daily musings can be followed on twitter @rebhimberger.
Mia Hooper, Finance and Development Coordinator
Mia graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics with minors in Spanish, Dance, and Latin American Studies. An active volunteer, Mia has done everything from Milk cows for free to being a summer intern for Attack Theatre. She loves to travel, sing karaoke, binge-watch TV crime dramas, and is an avid trivia night junkie.
Lindsey Kaine, Production and Artistic Coordinator
Lindsey recently graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Theatre and Dance with a dance concentration. While an undergrad, she was a member of the Virginia Repertory Dance Company and was the Student Technical Director for the dance department as the lighting designer and stage manager for all student produced concerts. After graduation, Lindsey worked production at the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC and was the Production Management intern at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Lindsey is a serious football fan, loves road trips, and has gone skydiving and white water rafting.