Peggy Pettitt
American actor, dancer and writer
Peggy Pettitt
Peggy Pettitt is an African American actor, dancer, teacher, playwright and storyteller. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.
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Eric Bogosian, John Kelly, Lisa Kron Featured in PS 122's Summer Festivals - Playbill.com
Google News - over 5 years
June 17-18, which will feature Kelly, Kron, Koosil-Ja, M Lamar, Edgar Oliver, Urban Bush Women, Tigger, Janet Clancy, Peggy Pettitt and Karen Therese. The festival will conclude with four performances of Old School 122 Benefit June 22-25, which will be
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Theater in Review
NYTimes - over 25 years
Caught Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Performance Space 122 150 First Avenue, at Ninth Street Manhattan Through Sunday Written and performed by Peggy Pettitt; directed by Remy Tissier; visual and set design by Mr. Tissier; lighting by Jan Bell-Newman; costume consultant, Pascaline Tissier. Presented by Performance Space 122. The text of
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Review/Theater; A Difficult Birth For 'Mule Bone'
NYTimes - about 26 years
IF ever there was a promising idea for a play, it is the enigmatic story of what went on when two giants of the Harlem Renaissance briefly collided in 1930 to collaborate on "a comedy of Negro life" they titled "Mule Bone." The writers were the poet Langston Hughes and the anthropologist, folklorist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston. Both were in
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Storytelling to Be Theme Of Performance Series
NYTimes - almost 27 years
LEAD: Storytelling and its many influences will be the theme of a free performance series beginning May 16 at 7:30 P.M. at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, Park Avenue and 42d Street. Storytelling and its many influences will be the theme of a free performance series beginning May 16 at 7:30 P.M. at the Whitney Museum of
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LONG ISLAND GUIDE
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: FROM RUSSIA, WITH ART FROM RUSSIA, WITH ART So far as 24 emigre artists from the Soviet Union are concerned, a little bit of Glasnost can go a long way; in fact, right to the State Russian Museum in Leningrad. That is where ''Transit: Soviet Artists Between the East and West,'' the new exhibition opening today at the Fine Arts Museum of Long
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Memorials to Dr. King In an Array of Activities
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: Unlike America's nine other designated national holidays, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday is less a day for celebration than one for reflection on both the achievements and the goals yet to be realized in this country's generations-long struggle for social justice. Unlike America's nine other designated national holidays, the
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STAGE: 'FREEDOM DAYS,' CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
NYTimes - about 33 years
The Modern Times Theater, which specializes in plays with political and moral content, is in residence at the Washington Square Church with ''Freedom Days,'' a quartet of tales about heroes and heroines of the civil- rights movement. The fact that the subject is a familiar one does not diminish the evening's effectiveness or the value of the
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STAGE: 'BREAD AND ROSES'
NYTimes - almost 36 years
The Modern Times Theater, in residence at St. Peter's Hall in Chelsea, is a New York descendant of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and shares several of the admirable qualities of the parent company - political awareness, a commitment to correcting social inequities and the use of musical theater as a kind of participatory democracy. This is a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peggy Pettitt
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 61
    Ms. Pettitt has presented her work at the Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni Les Rencontres du Bout des Mondes International Festival in 2011 (French Guiana).
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 57
    Ms Pettitt is its founding artistic director, and with the Pearls of Widsom she was inducted in 2007 into City Lore's "People's Hall of Fame.”
    More Details Hide Details In 1972, during the era of Blaxploitation movies, Pettitt made her first feature film, Black Girl, in which she played an aspiring young dancer. Pettitt was nominated for Best Actress by the NAACP for her role in Black Girl, written by J.E. Franklin and directed by Ossie Davis. Another of her noteworthy roles was at Lincoln Center as Miss Lindsey in Mule Bone, Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes’ historical comedy. Reviews: Peggy Pettitt has professional experience and training in directing storytelling/playmaking workshops. She teaches a step-by-step process of creating, writing and performing original material. Skills she imparts help one transform life experiences into rich theater. And new meaning is gleaned from cultural traditions and history, folklore, songs and improvisations. Partnering with a wide array of organizations, she has helped scores of diverse groups present their own original stories as both theater and storytelling performances. She also works extensively with drama therapists, social workers and educators in public schools.
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 50
    One play was the product of her 2000-01 Fulbright Fellowship to Senegal: The Spirit Factor.
    More Details Hide Details An original play, it’s based on the living history and the art of storytelling in West Africa. Yet another play, Voyage, was presented at the Avignon Off Festival in 2010. It explores American history through both the blues and a spiritual heritage that lives along the Mississippi River but originated in West Africa.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 24
    In 1974 upon earning a BA with distinction from Antioch she moved to London on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.
    More Details Hide Details There, for the first time, she experienced working with diverse populations include working-class Whites and Blacks, the latter mostly young immigrants from the Caribbean. Returning to the United States Pettitt settled in New York City, where she still resides. She has been married since 1982 to writer, director and painter Rémy Tissier. Extensive references to Ms Pettitt’s work can be found in several books on theatre, community and solo performance:
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    In 1969, she went to Antioch College, where she was exposed to the difficulties that sometimes surface between people of different races and social classes, and, at the same time, to the unity that can cross these boundaries.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 0
    Born in 1950.
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