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Michele de la Reza

Co-Founder and Artistic Director

Michele de la Reza is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Attack Theatre. Prior to founding Attack Theatre with her partner, Peter Kope, Michele danced with Pittsburgh based Dance Alloy (Mark Taylor, Artistic Director) and was a founding company member of NYC based Perks DanceMusicTheatre (Rebecca Stenn, Artistic Director), creating and touring new works throughout the US with both companies for seven years. Together with Peter, Michele is the recipient of three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships and the Hardie Educator of the Year award.

As an advocate of kinesthetic learning strategies in the classroom, Michele is the guiding force behind Attack Theatre’s robust arts education programming, which includes residencies and performances for students and professional development for teachers and administrators.

Michele received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and a Master’s of Science in Developmental Movement from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an Associate Teaching Professor of Dance at Carnegie Mellon University.