POSTPONED: Conversation with Choreographer Pat Birch
Richard Perry Theatre
Tony nominated choreographer, dancer, and director Pat Birch, who performed in the original Broadway cast of West Side Story, will return to Poly for a discussion of her career and creative process. We are pleased to invite the community to join us for this very special event on Tuesday, September 17 at 4:30 PM in the Richard Perry Theatre. Pat's career spans the worlds of dance, film, musical comedy, opera, and television. She is responsible for some of the most beloved and iconic dance works of the last 60 years. After her discovery by Merce Cunningham, Pat joined Martha Graham's company at age 14. She danced the role of Anybody’s in the original West Side Story cast. Pat’s most famous work as a choreographer was in Grease, both the play and the movie, and Grease II, which she also directed. She has worked on and Off-Broadway in shows that including You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, A Little Night Music, and Pacific Overtures. The turning point in Pat’s career as a choreographer came when she was given the job of choreographing the musical The Me Nobody Knows, which moved to Broadway in 1970.
Birch, who is also the Poly grandparent of Harrison Hurt ’16, has generously shared her time and talents here at Poly in the past by giving masterclasses to the casts of Poly productions of the Upper School musical On the Town and the Middle School musical Grease.
During her illustrious career, Pat worked with such theater legends as Leonard Bernstein, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, and Penny Marshall. She has won two Emmy awards, two Drama Desk Awards, and been nominated for five Tonys. With such an exciting life in the theater, Pat will certainly have many stories to share about her career and the people she has known. You do not want to miss this special event.