Peter S. Reed was born in 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He trained as a dancer at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he became a principal performer and choreographer with the Pacific Ballet. In 1980 Peter moved to New York City and founded the Contemporary Ballet Company. His innovative works were performed at City Center, the Kitchen, the Band Shell in Central Park and numerous avant-garde venues throughout New York.

Peter also wrote and directed short films. His first feature, "Under Heat" starring Lee Grant and David Conrad, had its world premier in 1994, the year he died of AIDS. He was an accomplished artist, actor and dancer as well as an expert skier and blue water sailor. Peter lives fondly in the memories of his family, friends and peers.

The Peter S. Reed Foundation


List of Individual grant recipients by year


Carl Palazzolo


Sara Hutson

Darryl Lauster

Decorative Arts

David Gaussoin

Morris Muskett


David Hilliard

Ana Marton

Roger Newton

John Schlesinger

JoAnn Walters


AA Bronson


Carol Dysinger

Daniel Mackler


John Yau

Linda Yablonsky

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