Santa Cruz Theater

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BILL PETERS (Director & Set Designer), as producer (Ghostlight Theatre Company) and director, has presented a number of pieces in Santa Cruz: Shakespeare’s 12th Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and two of his own adaptations – Hunting for Moby Dick (Herman Melville), and Hard Times (Charles Dickens). Mr. Peters has directed six plays in Actors’ Theatre’s 8 Tens @ Eight. His production of A Comedy of Errors was named Best Comedy of 2003 by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. With Ghostlight, he has toured his productions to Fringe Theatre Festivals in New York, Adelaide, Australia, and Winnipeg, Canada (where his show was selected as Best of Fringe). A native of Canada, Mr. Peters was a story editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, an assistant to the Artistic Director of The Stratford Shakespeare, and a founding member of a political satire troupe, Coast Productions. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama. His extensive directing credits include projects at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Denver Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Among his more recent directing projects are: Engaged (by W. S. Gilbert), Arcadia (Stoppard), The Karamazovs (Mr. Peters’ adaptation of the novel by Dostoevsky), Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare), Right You Are if You Think So (Pirandello), A Flea in Her Ear (Mr. Peters’ translation of the play by Georges Feydeau), Cherry Orchard, and Nine by Chekhov (Mr. Peters’ adaptation of Chekhov short stories). Mr. Peters is a professor at San Francisco State University where he teaches playwriting, directing, and Shakespeare performance. He has also taught in Canada, and abroad, in Paris, and, this summer will present a workshop at the Actors Centre in London.

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