December 1, 2011
Peter Howard is a founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English and American Literature and holds a M.F.A. from the Department of Drama of the University of Virginia. With Cornerstone, Peter has performed in, written or otherwise collaborated on scores of productions in Los Angeles and around the country. As a playwright, his Cornerstone credits include Zones (an original, audience-interactive play exploring interfaith themes), an American Muslim adaptation of You Can’t Take It with You (the first adaptation ever approved by the Kaufman and Hart estate), a bilingual adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding (Boda de Luna Nueva: New Moon Wedding), created for the small California agricultural communities of Western Stanislaus County, and Lunch Lady Courage, inspired by Brecht and set in the world of urban public school food service. His regional theater work includes productions at the Mark Taper Forum, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 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 arts programs. He has served on staff of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), where he created a series of plays for youth audiences that use theater as a springboard for dialogue on challenging human relations topics (such as immigration, bias crimes and the Native American mascot issue), and he has directed the participatory youth script development and performance programs of a number of regional theatres including the Mark Taper Forum (the Speak to Me program) and the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (Will Power to Youth).