Received an NEA grant, the Richard Rodgers Development Award, the Stephen Sondheim Award and a Jonathan Larson Grant for his music and lyrics to The Hidden Sky, which premiered at Prince Music Theater/American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia (seven Barrymore Award nominations) and was subsequently produced by Prospect Theater Company in NYC. Concert versions have been performed at Joe’s Pub and Ars Nova in NYC. He was one of eighteen composers who contributed to Songs Ffrom an Unmade Bed at New York Theater Workshop (lyrics by Larson Grant recipient Mark Campbell, original cast recording on Sh- K-Boom Records). As lyricist, he recently created the English translation for Kurt Weill’s Magic Night, published by European American Music Corporation.
Projects in development include an original work with librettist Ellen McLaughlin and director Michael Greif, commissioned by the Public Theater; Bloom, an original musical comedy; and I Capture The Castle, commissioned by Signature Theater as part of their American Musical Voices: The Next Generation program. Peter has written incidental music for several plays, including Newton’s Universe (St. Ann’s Warehouse Labapalooza), and Henry V (Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), and his songs have been performed uptown (Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, New York Festival of Song) and downtown (LaMaMa, Joe’s Pub) as well as throughout the country.
Peter is an alumnus of Yale University, the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop and the American Lyric Theater’s Composer-Librettist Development Program. He is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the MacDowell and Millay colonies, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Music Theater Conference and the Sundance Playwrights Retreat at Ucross.
He is also composer for the Emmy-nominated PBS series, Art:21.