About the Company

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Artistic Staff

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.

Pittsburgh Magazine 

 

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

Company Dancers 

 

Kaitlin Dann

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.

 

 

Sonja Gable

Originally from Johnstown, PA, Sonja received degrees in Dance and Early Childhood Education from Slippery Rock University. In her dance training she has learned from and collaborated with such artists as Jump Rhythm Jazz, Tara Madsen Robbins, Teena Marie Custer, Ursula Payne, and Diavolo Dance Theatre. Sonja has taught at Rock Dance Company for Kids and Butler Dance Center. This season she has been a performer and teaching artist with Attack Theatre, including her work with Pittsburgh Public Schools and productions of Turandot with the Pittsburgh Opera and Atlanta Opera.

 

 

 

 

 

Dane Toney

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.

 

 

 

Simon Phillips

A recent transplant from Atlanta, Georgia, Simon began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2017. Simon graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Dance. He has worked with notable dance companies such as Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, Kennesaw State University Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company, and William Forsythe. His career has taken him all over the United States, including New York, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Washington D.C., and now Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

Sarah Zielinski, Company Dancer

A Pittsburgh native, Sarah attended Point Park University and graduated 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, Awakening Movement, ZviDance, Caleb Teicher & Company, Lorena Egan, Michael Mindlin, Gibney Dance GRIT, and Shining Light. Other credits include: National Tour of The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and West Side Story as Anybodys. In addition to extensive theatrical training, Sarah is dedicated to teaching and sharing movement studies to all levels through dance, Pilates & other somatic movement explorations. Sarah began dancing with Attack Theatre in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Staff

Daniel Fleegle, Audience and Communications Manager

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 Washington, DC area, but is a lifetime Pittsburgher at heart. Rebecca has been with Attack Theatre since 2006, and became their Executive Director in 2012, during which time she has led the organization through strategic and capitalization planning, and tactical growth by diversifying and increasing revenue, strengthening the administrative staffing structure and developing organizational systems. Previously, she served as their Marketing Director, and her work has mainly focused on audience engagement and development, ranging from ​several successful and not-so-successful crowd-sourcing programs, microgiving campaigns, co-curated works,​ and overall brand management. Her daily professional interests include serving artists and giving them to tools to do what they do best. Rebecca is a proud Lawrenceville resident, proficient knitter, black-thumbed gardener, obsessive dog mother, motorcyclist, and lover/harsh critic of the arts. 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Allison Popieski, Arts Education Manager

Allison graduated from Florida State University with a BA in Theatre Arts and minors in Dance and Communications. After college, she pursued her love of Arts Education and worked in the Education Department at a number of non-profit, professional theatres; some of which include the Florida Repertory Theatre (Fort Myers, FL), Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA), Syracuse Stage (Syracuse, NY), and the Cortland Repertory Theatre (Cortland, NY). While living in Upstate, New York, Allison developed a program called Limitless Dance, which focused on adapting a variety of dance styles for people of all abilities. Aside from trying to change the world through Arts Education, Allison also enjoys random adventures, any style of dance class or workshop, reading, and her pretty spectacular fiancé, Billy, along with their crazy pup, Charlie. 

 

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Bergman, President
Director, TreeVitalize Pittsburgh


Monica Hertzman, Vice President
Senior Web Producer, RAND Corporation


Robin M. Ryan, Treasurer
Senior Manager of Audit and Assurance, Grossman Yanak & Ford


Nancy Simpronio, Secretary
Senior Director of Human Resources, Familylinks


Michele de la Reza
Managing Artistic Director, Attack Theatre, Inc.


Sean Gray
Entrepreneur, Sean Gray Intl 


D. Kevin Horner
Former President/CEO, Mastech


Jonathan C. Iams, P.E.
Principal, Iams Consulting LLC


Peter Kope
Producing Artistic Director, Attack Theatre, Inc.


Dr. Robert Kormos
Brack G Hattler Professor of Cardiothoracic Transplantation, UPMC


Tracy Mahood 
Senior Global Marketing Manager, Philips


Mindy Rossi-Stabler 
Theatre Department Chair, Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA)


Amy Scott
Educational Consultant


William D. Semins
Partner, K&L Gates, LLC


Christie Seibert Smith
Real Estate Property Manager