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MISSION

To provide meaningful and lasting experiences by creating theatre that entertains, enlightens and inspires artists and audiences. These actions, when used in tandem, create a funnel of accessibility while leading to individual growth.


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 a Los Angeles based theatre director, producer, and writer currently living in New York to earn his MFA in Directing at The New School for Drama. He is a co-founder of Artists at Play, an Asian American L.A. 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).

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. 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.

Administratively, 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 administrative positions at Sacred Fools and Cornerstone Theater Company. At The New School for Drama he is 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. 

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.

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.

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