Justin Peck’s choreography can be seen most recently in the new film adaptation of WEST SIDE STORY directed by Steven Spielberg. Upcoming works include the feature film Maestro, directed by Bradley Cooper. Peck is the 2018 Tony Award Winner for Best Choreography for his work in the Broadway Revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CAROUSEL. At 34 years old, Justin Peck has already been hailed as an important new voice in 21st-century choreography. He is currently the Resident Choreographer with the New York City Ballet. In addition to his Tony Award, Peck also garnered the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for the 2018 Broadway Season. In 2015, Peck received the Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for his work RODEO: FOUR DANCE EPISODES.
In addition to his work on stage, Peck’s choreography extends into many other mediums. His film credits include Fox’s RED SPARROW starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence. Elsewhere on screen, Peck choreographed and directed The National’s THE DARK SIDE OF THE GYM music video and The New York Times’ GREAT PERFORMERS short films which celebrated the top screen performances of 2018. In the commercial realm, Justin choreographed SQUARESPACE’s 2021 Super Bowl commercial directed by Damien Chazelle. In addition, Justin has choreographed for dance-on-film in collaboration with Kate Spade, Vogue, Nowness, Pitchfork Media, and the Guggenheim Museum; has choreographed print shoots for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vogue China, Vogue Australia, New York Magazine, Dujour Magazine, The Last Magazine; and in 2015, choreographed the Opening Ceremony runway show for New York Fashion Week.
In 2014 the choreographer, then age 26, was the subject of filmmaker Jody Lee Lipes’ BALLET 422. The documentary, released by Magnolia Pictures, followed Justin for two months as he created NYCB’s 422nd original dance, PAZ DE LA JOLLA.
Peck, originally from San Diego, California, moved to New York at the age of 15 to attend the School of American Ballet. In 2006, he became a member of the New York City Ballet. Since joining New York City Ballet, Peck has danced extensive repertoire, including principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon, and many others. In 2013, Peck was promoted to the rank of Soloist.
Peck made his choreographic debut in 2009, and has created over 30 ballets. His work has been performed at New York City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the New York Choreographic Institute, the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, L.A. Dance Project, NY Fall For Dance, The Guggenheim Museum, and more. He has collaborated with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Shepard Fairey, Francis Lawrence, Bryce Dessner (The National), Marcel Dzama, Humberto Leon, Prabal Gurung, Sterling Ruby, Dan Deacon, Caroline Shaw, M83, Mary Katrantzou and Karl Jensen, among others.
In 2014, Peck was appointed Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet, making him the second choreographer in the history of the Institution to hold this position. At New York City Ballet, he has created 17 ballets, including YEAR OF THE RABBIT (2012), IN CREASES (2012), PAZ DE LA JOLLA (2013), EVERYWHERE WE GO (2014), RODEO: FOUR DANCE EPISODES (2015), THE MOST INCREDIBLE THING (2016), THE TIMES ARE RACING (2016)and others.