1991 – 1995

Organizational History

1991

“Laugh to Live.”  Performances and workshops in northern Wisconsin.

Tap Dance Residency.  Donna Peckett.  Lindbergh Elementary School, Madison.  Wisconsin Arts Board Artists-in-Education Program.

“Hildegard and the Magic Onion.”  Touring Wisconsin.

“Seeds of Promise – A Mythological Farce.”  A multimedia play, by Danielle Dresden, directed by Ray Burns and Peggy Rosin; slide projections, Glenn Trudel; score, Roger Brotherhood; costumes, Celeste Smither;  performed by Dresden, Peckett, Sarah Whelan.  BarrymoreTheatre, Madison.  Outreach, Dane County high schools.  Funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board, Madison Committee for the Arts, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

“Laugh to Live.”  Madison Performances and workshops.  Funded by the Madison Committee for the Arts.

1991

Drika Overton.  Tap dance workshops.

Theater-Dance Residency with Dresden and Peckett for Children’s House Summer School Age Program.  Co-sponsored by the Neil Allen Peckett Memorial Fund.

Isthmus Jazz Festival.  Lecture-demonstration and workshop with body percussionist, Keith Terry.  Funded by the Madison Civic Center Foundation, Renaissance Travel, Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel.

“Truckin’ Taps & the Mystery Maps.”  A musical mystery play for children, written by Danielle Dresden; score, Barbara Chusid, set and special properties, Randall Berndt; costumes and special properties, Celeste Smither; directed by Sarah Whelan.  Performed by Peckett and Dresden.  Funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

1992

Donna Peckett awarded second Wisconsin Arts Board Choreography Fellowship.

“Seeds of Promise – A Mythological Farce.”  Women’s History Month.  Madison Area Technical College.

“The Gang’s All Here.”  Performances and workshops on self-esteem for middle school.  Script, Danielle Dresden; stage direction, Sarah Whelan; with Dresden, Peckett, Frances Lundy-Chewning and René Wallace.  Funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, American Family Insurance, Wisconsin Power & Light Foundation.

“Laugh  to Live.”  Performances and workshops in Wisconsin.  Funded by Very Special Arts Wisconsin, American Family Insurance Group, COON Mutual Foundation, Wisconsin Power & Light Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board.

“Sounds of Summer: An Evening of Jazz Music and Tap Dance.”  Madison Civic Center; with Jackie Allen, Jeff Eckels, Paul Hastil, Dane Richeson, Donna Peckett, Bobby Rubenstein, Celeste Smither. Funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Madison Civic Center Foundation, WORT-FM Radio.  Rebroadcast, WORT-FM.

Theater-Dance Residency.  Danielle Dresden and Donna Peckett.   Children’s House Summer School Age Program.  Funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs commission, American Family Insurance Group, Wisconsin Power & light Foundation; sponsored by Children’s House and the Neil Allen Peckett Memorial Fund.

Isthmus Jazz Festival.   Kids In The Crossroads performance with Professor Tap, Piano Man and the Triple Play Trio, Donna Peckett, Paul Hastil, Taylor and Peter Bayee, Angle Parish.

Donna Peckett awarded citation from Wisconsin Dance Council for contributions to dance in Wisconsin.

Master class with modern tap dancer, Anita Feldman.

1992

“My Idea of a Good Time.”  Political satire on social control, written by Danielle Dresden and performed by Dresden and Peckett.  Apple Island, Madison.

“Show ‘n Tell:  On Tap with Professor Tap.”  Performances by Donna Peckett,  Written by Danielle Dresden.  Funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

“Truckin’ Taps & the Mystery Maps.”  Touring Wisconsin.

1993

“Laugh to Live.”  Performances and workshops in Wisconsin.  Funded by American Family Insurance Group, CUNA Mutual Charitable Foundation, Wisconsin Power & Light Foundation.

“Truckin’ Taps & the Mystery Maps.”  Touring Wisconsin.

“Time Management and Narcolepsy.”  A play by Danielle Dresden; directed by Peggy Rosin; set design, P.S. Mueller; score, Paul Hastil;  tap dance, Donna Peckett; special properties, Celeste Smther; with Dresden, Peckett and Ray Olderman.  Funded by the Dane County Culture Affairs Commission, Madison Civic Center Foundation, American Family Insurance Group, CUNA Mutual Charitable Foundation, Wisconsin Power & Light Foundation.

Arts Residency.  Children’s House Summer Program.  Barbara Chusid (music), William Grover (visual arts), Donna Peckett (movement), Danielle Dresden (theater).  Funded by the Pleasant Company’s Fund for Children, American Family Insurance Group, CUNA Mutual Charitable Foundation, Wisconsin Power & Light Foundation, the Neil Allen Peckett Memorial Fund.

“Professor Tap, Piano Man & the Triple Play Trio.”  Children’s performances.  Columbus, Wisconsin. Donna Peckett, Paul Hastil, Angle Parish and the Bayee Brothers.

Master class with French tap dancer, Sarah Petronio.

“Sound Collaboration.”  Acoustic piano and tap duo with musician/composer, Jane Reynolds and Donna Peckett, tap dancer.  Guest dancers, Jon Chin, Bobby Rubenstein.  Funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

1994

Duluth Depot Outreach Residency Programs.  Conducted by Dresden and Peckett in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“Time Management and Narcolepsy.”   University of Wisconsin-Baraboo, 1994 season.

Tap Dance Residency conducted by Donna Peckett for the Kohler, Wisconsin School District.

1994

“Without Pity, A Play about A Man and His Times.”  Written by Danielle Dresden, directed by Peggy Rosin, slide montages by Steve Braker, set design and construction by Lou Ann Erickson, costumes by Celeste Smither.  Performed by Richard Ganoung, Ken Adams, Jose Polansky, David Sedum, Danielle Dresden, Donna Peckett .  Technical support by Kris Chiles, Susan Hershel, Steppe.  Funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, American Family Insurance Group, the Neil Allen Peckett Memorial Fund.

Everyone’s a Hero.  Summer arts residency for children.  Directed by Danielle Dresden and Donna Peckett.  Funded by the Atwood Community Center, Madison CitiARTS, Wisconsin Power & Light Foundation, COON Mutual Charitable Foundation, American Family Insurance Group.

Isthmus Jazz Festival.  Donna Peckett and Bobby Rubenstein on taps, Jane Reynolds trio with Hans Sturm (bass) and John Becker (drums).

“Truckin’ Taps & the Mystery Maps.”  Mitchell Museum.  Mount Vernon, Centralia, Illinois Cultural Society; Wisconsin tour.

“Sound Collaboration.”  Acoustic  piano and tap duo with Jane Reynolds and Donna Peckett.  Performed at Danceworks, Milwaukee; the Harold Washington Library Theater for the Chicago, Illinois Human Rhythm Project.

Master class with Chicago tap dancer Bruce Stegmann.

“The Mirror in the Lake, A Musical Mystery about Water Pollution,” written by Danielle Dresden; directed by Sarah Whelan; score, Barbara Chusid; taps, Donna Peckett; set, prop design and costumes by Randall Berndt and Celeste Smither; performed by Dresden and Peckett.  Funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, American Family Insurance Group, Wisconsin Power & Light Foundation, CUNA Mutual Charitable Foundation.

“The World of Light Entertainment: 19th Century to 1930’s.”  Slide lecture by E.M. Plunkett.  TAPIT Studio Theater.

1995

“Without Pity, A Play about A Man and His Times.”  ARTS/AIDS Performance Festival.  Danceworks, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Welcomed by Wisconsin Public Radio, and funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

“Without Pity.”  Madison Civic Center.  Funded by the Madison Civic Center Foundation, New Harvest Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board, American Family Insurance Group, welcomed by Wisconsin Public Radio.

“Cultural, Social and Artistic Perspectives on Dance and Drama, Women’s History Month.”  Staged reading of Caryl Churchill’s play, “Top  Girls,”  directed by Richard Ganoung with Danielle Dresden, Peggy Rosin, Celia Klehr, Jody Reiss.  Commentary by Professor Amelia Howe Kritzer.  Lecture-Demonstration

1995

on “Cultural Conflict in American Popular Dance” by Professors Mary Neth and Ann Kilkelly.  TAPIT 10th anniversary.  Funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

“The Mirror in the Lake.”  Touring Wisconsin.

“Jazz on Tap.”  Artists in Concert, South Central Library, Wisconsin; Paul Hastil, piano and Donna Peckett, taps.

“Truckin’ Taps & the Mystery Maps.”  Touring Illinois.

Summer Music Clinic.  Lecture-demonstration on tap/jazz, with Jane Reynolds and Donna Peckett, UW-Madison.

“Sound Collaboration.”  Jane Reynolds (piano), Donna Peckett, Dorie Turpin, Celeste Smither, Anneka Kmiecik (taps).

“Fantastic Art Before Surrealism.”  Slide lecture by raconteur/art historian, E. M. Plunkett. TAPIT/new works Studio Theater.

“The Mirror in the Lake.”   Eight summer performances by Dresden and Peckett for low-income children.  Funded by the Pleasant Company”s Fund for Children, Wisconsin Arts Board, American Family Insurance Group, CUNA Mutual Charitable Foundation, Wisconsin Power & Light Foundation.

“Tap, Talk & Technology.”  Computer-wired, electronic shoes, monologues and music, written by Danielle Dresden; composer/keyboardist, Paul Hastil; bass and flute, Al Jewer; shoes developed/engineered by Al Jewer and Tom Hamer; costumes, Celeste Smither.  Performed by Dresden, Peckett, Hastil, Jewer, Hamer.  Funded by Madison CitiARTS, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, Wisconsin Arts Board.

Isthmus Jazz Festival.  Lecture-demonstration, “Tap, Talk & Technology.”

Artists in Education roster, state of Wisconsin, 1988-1995.