Peter DiMuro has woven a career as a dancer, actor, choreographer, director, teacher, facilitator of creativity and as an arts engager for more than thirty years.
His current creative umbrella is Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion, a company that develops and performs artistic works in dance and dance/theatre. Additional goals for the company include cultivating dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. The company was recently awarded a multi-year Boston Center for the Arts residency, as well as the Boston Dance Alliance's 2014/15 Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship, held at the Vermont Performance Lab.
As Executive Director of The Dance Complex, he continues to invest in advancing the craft of choreography and the field of dance, creating an arc of programs for young-to-established dance-makers.
He was Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 2003-2008, capping a 15-year relationship as performer and lead-artist with the company founded by MacArthur "Genius" Lerman. His career has taken Peter and his work to over 45 of the US states, Hong Kong, Japan and throughout Europe.
His "Near/Far/In/Out" and the alternative family inspired un-Nutrcacker, “Gumdrops and the Funny Uncle”, appeared in the Dance Exchange repertory and engaged inter-generational casts including LGTBQ community members and allies, alongside the professional dancers of Dance Exchange and his current PDM company. Recent works include: "Dos Hombres", a duet for Columbian born Elver Ariza-Silva, an adult survivor of polio, and Nino de los Reyes, an internationally renowned flamenco star from Madrid; a commission from The Boston Conservatory allowed the creation of "Archive & Etchings", made with support from the Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts & New Hampshire. Peter was named the 2018 inaugural choreographer-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Peter was named a White House Millennial Artist, a Mayor of Boston/ProArts Arts 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, adjudicating an international competition for emerging artists. Peter was an Artist-in-Residence for the inaugural cohort of the Mayor of Boston's AIR program in 2015, and the recipient of an Arts Fuse Award in 2016. As director of The Dance Complex, he has garnered game changing grants to benefit the organization and the local dance community, including an unprecedented $500,000 grant from the Barr Foundation.
He has served on the boards of the Dance Umbrella/Boston, National Performance Network, Dance/USA, Capitol Region Educators in Dance Organization, and as panelist for New England Foundation for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, DC Commission for the Arts, and as faculty for NEFA’s RDDI in Illinois and New England. He was host and creative consultant to VelocityDC, an annual DC based showcase, and continues to speak on dance for Celebrity Series/Boston and throughout the country. He continues to engage non-artists with creativity in the workplace by teaching/facilitating in the corporate setting, including for clients like Whole Foods.
Peter received an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College under Martha Myers and Gerri Houlihan; a BFA in Theatre from Drake University, with early study in dance under 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.
Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM) is under the fiscal sponsorship of The Dance Complex. Tax deductible donations can be made through The Dance Complex's website. Follow this link, and select Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion when making your donation.