Peggy Piacenza is a 2010 graduate of the Ada Comstock Scholars program at Smith College. For most of her pre-college life she worked extensively in Seattle as a choreographer and performer touring both nationally and internationally. Piacenza's work focuses on a wide spectrum of experience and draws from her explorations in improvisation, performance-related studies and inter-disciplinary collaborations. Her most recent projects include a lead role in Dayna Hanson's feature-length narrative dance film Improvement Club, as well as being a co-creator with Hanson in Gloria's Cause, a dance driven rock musical inspired by the American Revolution. This past year she reunited with choreographer Pat Graney to perform in Graney's retrospective works Faith and Sleep, as well as peforming in Lionel Popkin's latest work There is an Elephant in this Dance.
Piacenza's work has been commissioned and presented by Bratislava Movement Festival in Slovakia, New York's Dance Theater Workshop Carnival Series, On the Board's New Performance Series and Northwest New Works Festival, D-9 Dance Collective, Composer/Choreographer, Northwest Film Forum and The King County Performance Network. In addition to choreographing live works, Piacenza's film and video projects include: Ode to Baba, One Day, Sage, and The End is Near.
In 2007 Piacenza performed with Amelia Reeber and Gaelen Hanson in choreographer Deborah Hay's Mountain. In addition to touring nationally and internationally for six years with Pat Graney Company, Piacenza has been a creative collaborator and performer with 33 Fainting Spells from 1996-2002. She has been seen in New York with 33 Fainting Spells' in Maria The Storm Cloud at Dance Theater Workshop, in Sorrow's Sister at The Joyce Theater, and in Dirty Work at the Performing Garage. Piacenza was also a founding member of the D-9 Dance Collective, where she danced in the works of Bebe Miller, Joy Kellman and Stephanie Skura, among others. Peggy Piacenza studied dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts from 1983 to 1987.
Over the years Piacenza's work has received support from the Allied Arts Foundation, Artist Trust, Bossak/Heilbron Foundation, Centrum Foundation for the Arts, Cultural Development Authority of King County and Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.