It has been a roller coaster year so far! Lots of updates!
● Peter's study guide for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang has been printed! This study guide was created with designer/cartoonist Tim Thayer and uses this family-friendly musical to explore the history of invention and how using inventive thinking can help solve impossible problems!
● Plus, don't forget, you can still read Peter's other work for L.A.'s Center Theatre Group: his Discovery Journals for Nothing But the Truth, Charles Mee's The Perfect Wedding, Like Jazz, Topdog/Underdog and Little Shop of Horrors!
● Peter's article on John Cariani's new play Almost, Maine appeared in the November, 2004 issue of American Theatre.
● Peter's article on Outdoor Theatre across the United States was recently published over three issues of Equity News.
● Peter wrote an article on the Clarence Derwent Award for Actors Equity.
● And don't forget, you can still read Peter's other articles for Equity Theater News on Kansas City's Unicorn Theatre
● Peter is writing an article on the Theatre on Film and Tape Library at the New York Library for the Performing Arts for the June issue of Equity News. Stay tuned for a hot link!
● Speaking of Actors' Equity, Peter's Timeline/History of the Actor's Union, which won the New York Labor Communications Council First Award in 2003, is finally available to read on line!
● Peter recently wrote and did the announcing for a story on the history of puppetry for the new radio program Compact Broadway! Peter's story was a part of a whole show on the Broadway smash Avenue Q!
● Peter's Sly Fox education program in conjunction with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art was a great success. On Monday, June 7, 2004, students from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut displayed their satirical cartoons at the Museum in a special exhibition that paralleled the showing of such cartoonists as Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury), Patrick McDonnell (Mutts), and Kaz (Underworld) as part of the Museum's "Spirits of the Harvey's" exhibit. It was great to see the young people's drawings right next to the professionals' work.
Peter's program, which won the 2004 New York Educational Grant from the League of American Theatres and Producers and the Theatre Development Fund, included a study guide and a chance for students throughout the tri-state area to create their own editorial cartoons, satirizing current events, just as Ben Jonson and Larry Gelbart use satire so effectively in Volpone and Sly Fox. The students' cartoons were judged by a panel of cartoonists organized by the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, and the winner got to see Sly Fox with an adult chaperone and meet the star, Richard Dreyfuss after the show!
● Peter helped form Theatre Direct's Broadway Teaching Lab program, a yearly summer workshop for educators. Click here for an article in the November, 2003 Teacher Magazine about this program, and the "Living Newspaper" workshop Peter created.