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Born and raised in Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English and American Literature and holds an M.F.A. from the Department of Drama of the University of Virginia. With Cornerstone, Peter has performed in, written or directed scores of productions created in collaboration with communities in Los Angeles and around the country since 1986. As a playwright, his Cornerstone credits include an American Muslim adaptation of You Can't Take It with You (the first adaptation ever approved by the Kaufman and Hart estate) and Lunch Lady Courage, inspired by Brecht and set in the world of urban public school food service. His Cornerstone directing credits include the world premiere of Julie Marie Myatt’s fellowship: A Play for Volunteers. As a performer, Peter’s regional theater work includes productions at Arizona Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, American Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf, the Guthrie, Woolly Mammoth and South Coast Repertory. In 2011, Peter received a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement. Peter also works as a teaching artist, director and facilitator of community dialogue in a variety of Los Angeles youth and community arts programs.