|Peter Rockford Espiritu|
Peter Rockford Espiritu is the founder, choreographer, and artistic director of Tau Dance Theater, and the first indigenous Pacific Islander from Hawai'i to become director of a professional dance company of western form. Mr. Espiritu was appointed by the mayor of Honolulu as the representative for dance on the Commission for Culture and the Arts. He is a five-time recipient of the Hawaii State Dance Council's Choreographic Award, the 1999 Baciu Award for cutting edge choreography. In 1997 he received an award for Excellence in Performance, and in 1996 he was the recipient of the prestigious State Foundation on Culture and the Arts' Individual Artist Fellowship for Choreography and Dance. Tau Dance Theater is the first professional western-form dance company from Hawai'i to be reviewed in the national publication Dance Magazine and the international publication Hula Le'a - Tokyo Japan.Tau Dance Theater is a member of the Hawai'i Alliance for Arts Education, the Hawai'i State Dance Council, the UH Outreach College Statewide Cultural Extension Program, the Hawai'i Department of Education, Artists in the Schools Program, East Hawai'i Dance Council, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's Artists in Communities National Registry, and the Arts Partners Program.