Bio

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MISSION

To disrupt the inequities of American society with the power of empathy through the creative process and presentation of theatre.


VALUES


DIVERSITY - I believe in challenging the default idea of "American." By presenting the faces and stories of grossly underrepresented communities, audiences witness artists onstage that reflect the reality of their world today, and its potential future. This prepares the theatre to be embraced by a society where the minority is quickly becoming the majority.


GROWTH - I believe theatre helps artists and audiences grow. It allows individuals to challenge themselves and expand their limitations. Growth encourages confidence; which allows room to take more risks.


NEW WORKS - I believe in the value of new written works and adapting old stories. The shepherding of new plays stretches our imagination while challenging old traditions. It develops American culture by creating a fuller canon of plays that reflect the changing American landscape.


COLLABORATION - I believe strong collaboration creates a rounded production. Every individual offers a unique perspective on how they view their life and create their art. Every voices should be heard as some of the best ideas come from unexpected sources at unexpected times.
PETER J. KUO is bi-coastal LA native, currently serving as the Associate Conservatory Director at American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). He recently earned his MFA in Directing at The New School for Drama in New York City. He is a theatre director, producer, writer, and educator focusing on raising the visibility of marginalized communities. He was recently named one of TCG's Rising Leaders of Color in the Round 3 cohort. He is a co-founder of Artists at Play, an Asian American theatre collective that produces Los Angeles premieres of works for Asian Americans. For Artists at Play, he directed their inaugural production of Lauren Yee's Ching Chong Chinaman (Backstage Critic's Pick), and Michael Golamco's Cowboy Versus Samurai; as well as readings of Boni Alvarez's Marabella, Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, and Donald Margulies' Dinner with Friends. He served as the production manager for A. Rey Pamatmat's Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them (GLAAD and Ovation Nominated). Other favorite directing credits include Christopher Chen's MUTT: Let's All Talk About Race!, Adam Gwon's Ordinary Days, Elizabeth Wong's Letters to a Student Revolutionary, Jackie Sibblies-Drury's We Are Proud to Present..., and Jason Robert Brown's Songs for a New World. 

DIRECTING

He has served as an assistant director at South Coast Repertory--Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman, directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon, featuring Dana Delany, Steven Culp and Steven Weber; Carla Ching's Fast Company, directed by Bart DeLorenzo; Ivy + Bean The Musical, directed by Marya Mazor; at Geffen Playhouse--Jonathan Lynn's Yes, Prime Minister, featuring Michael McKean, Dakin Matthew and Jefferson Mays; at Oregon Shakespeare Festival--The 50th anniversary production of Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, directed by Juliette Carrillo; at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater/The Theatre @ Boston Court--The Twentieth Century Way, directed by Michael Michetti; and at The Play Company--Christopher Chen's Obie Award-winning production Caught, directed by Lee Sunday Evans; at Williamstown Theatre Festival--Lempicka a new Musical, directed by Rachel Chavkin; at American Conservatory Theater--A Christmas Carol directed by Domenqiue Lozano (associate director).

In Los Angeles, he has also directed for East West Players, Playground-LA, Yes, and ... Productions, Metamorphosis Theatre Company, Orange County Playwrights Alliance, 2Cents Theatre, Addword Productions and USC's Master's in Writing Program. In New York, he has directed for HB Studios, Rising Circle Theatre Collective, and Second Circle Theatre Company. He was part of the 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 SDC Foundation Observer Class. He is an SDC Associate Member. 

ADMINISTRATION

Currently, Peter is the Associate Conservatory Director at A.C.T. he oversees the San Francisco Semester program, and oversees and advises aspects of the MFA program. Previously, Peter spent four years producing for his own theatre company, Artists at Play. For more than eight years, he worked full-time in marketing and communication positions at South Coast Repertory, East West Players and LA Stage Alliance. He has also held producing/administrative positions at Sacred Fools and Cornerstone Theater Company. At The New School for Drama he was the School of Drama Social Justice Programming Coordinator and the founder of NSD: Affinity Groups, a new initiative to bring Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion conversations to the school's community. 

WRITING

Peter attending writing classes at East West Player's David Henry Hwang Writer's Institute. He has written two full length plays, and has written the book for one musical. He's written several short plays, and has a secret spec script of Modern Family. Peter's written works has had workshops and performed in public readings with East West Players, Yes, and ... Productions, Metamorphosis Theater Company, Artists at Play and Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Midnight Projects.

EDUCATION/TEACHING

He currently holds an A.A. in theatre with high honors from Fullerton College and a B.A. in drama from UC Irvine; where he was admitted into the Directing Honors program and received the Chancellor's Award for his work founding Diversity University Irvine, a theatre company where he produced seven shows in two years, four which he directed. He holds an M.F.A. in directing from The New School, College of Performance Arts, School of Drama. Previously he was a faculty member at HB Studios where he taught "Acting Beyond Marginalization" an acting class specifically for artists of color. He also directed and taught at The New School, The Atlantic Acting Conservatory, and Redhouse Art Center. At A.C.T. he teaches "Collaboration Building" and directs and advises students at the conservatory.

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