After a nationwide search, Oak Park Festival Theatre is delighted to announce that Peter G. Andersen will be our next artistic director.
“Oak Park Festival Theatre has set a vision for the coming 3-5 years that includes broadening our audience and our perspective to be more diverse and inclusive,” said Board President Barbara Cimaglio. “Peter was the one candidate who had the breadth of experience and the vision to lead us in a direction of growth and exploration. He brings a deep knowledge of classical theater as well as experience directing in both small and larger venues and, importantly, he is enthusiastic about Oak Park Festival Theatre and guiding us forward to serve our patrons in the Chicagoland area better.”
“I have been a long admirer of Oak Park Festival Theatre,” said Peter. “It’s a company that has an outstanding reputation within the theater community of Chicago, and one I feel a great sense of kinship with. OPFT is approaching its 50th season, and I am thrilled to lead it into its next chapter. This company has a long history of producing ‘classical’ plays, and I plan on bringing my years of experience working with the classical canon to produce fresh productions for modern audiences. In addition, I am eager to explore what constitutes ‘classical’ or ‘canonical’ plays by producing works by Queer artists and artists of color who have historically been excluded. This is a thrilling time to be working in American theater because there is a collective examination and conversation around the type of work theatres should produce.”
Peter obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Emerson College and recently graduated from the John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing. Prior to joining Oak Park Festival Theatre, he was the education manager at Writers Theatre in Glencoe and worked at Steppenwolf Theatre Company as the education apprentice and multicultural fellow.
His previous directorial projects include The Kennedy Plays, 21, a rock-musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, The American Myth, At Your Own Risk, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Queer Shakespeare, The Cafe Collections, O/A: The Sophocles Project, As You Like It, Macbeth, and Measure for Measure. He has also worked at TimeLine Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Writers Theatre, and American Players Theatre as an assistant director.
He will hit the ground running in January, 2023, as we make final plans for our 48th Season.
Welcome aboard, Peter.
Oak Park Festival Theatre