Choreographer and dancer Lawrence Pech is approaching his sixteenth season as dance master for San Francisco Opera. He has created period and interpretive dances on nearly forty productions with the Company for operas ranging from the baroque to the contemporary . Onstage, he has been a solo dancer for the Company’s production of Carmen. Pech received his formal training from American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and was invited by Mikhail Baryshnikov to join that company in 1980. During his seven-year association with ABT, he worked with George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Antony Tudor, Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, and Mark Morris, among others. He continues to teach and choreograph for the nationwide ABT Summer Intensives and recently choreographed a new work for the National Company of Guatemala. In 1986 Pech joined San Francisco Ballet, where he became a principal dancer in 1989. His successful struggle with cancer was featured in the ballet Blue Lair that aired on KQED in 1991 to wide critical acclaim. Pech founded his own dance company in 1995 and has choreographed more than fifty ballets, thirty musicals, and numerous self-produced evenings of music and dance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and was recently awarded his third Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Award for Best Choreography.