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Professor of Theatre
Year Started at JMU: 2022
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Prior to joining JMU, Peter was the director of the BA (Hons) Acting Program at the University of the Arts Singapore--LASALLE. He was also an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas, where he served as Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and was the unit’s Artistic Director.

Peter has acted, directed, and taught throughout the world. His credits include the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, National Theatre School of Ireland, and a wide range of institutions in the US. He is a member of Equity, SAG, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. 

In 2019, Peter was a Fulbright Scholar at New Zealand’s national drama school (Toi Whakaari). His research on performance training has appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes including Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Theatre Research International—among numerous others. His book, Acting in the Academy: the History of Professional Actor Training in US Higher Education (Routledge 2016) has received high praise, with Theatre Topics calling it “a critical contribution to ongoing discourse on the role, structure and purpose of actor training programs within US academic institutions.” His sequel, Actor Training in Anglophone Countries: Past, Present and Future was released by Routledge in 2021 and credited as a “thorough, thoughtful exploration of institutional actor training in the English-speaking world (Theatre Survey).”

To visit Peter’s professional website, click here.  To view his web series, Actor Training in the 21st Century: A Global Perspective, click here.

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