Artist Statement

The theater has taught me everything I know about history, politics, psychology, art, language, religion, science and ultimately the human spirit. It is a deep learning because it is not just intellectual it is also visual, visceral, and emotional.

I believe the theater is modern society's most powerful communal experience.

I am interested in what the theater can do that nothing else can. My work exposes the mechanics of the theatrical event, taking every opportunity to reveal the immediacy of time and space. I want to create theater that is mindful about how it intersects with a given community and the larger world. I champion stories that need to be told at this point in our history, and search for the most provocative way to tell that story to a contemporary audience.

Biography

Peter works extensively as a director of theater, musical theater, opera and new work development. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da, a Twin Cities-based company dedicated to adventurous music-theater. Since the company’s inception in 1992, Peter has directed 53 main-stage productions, including 10 world premieres and 12 area premieres. In 2012 the company launched NEXT, a major new works initiative for the development of new music-theater.

Directing highlights include Other Desert Cities, M. Butterfly and Private Lives for the Guthrie Theater, record-breaking productions of Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and the world premiere of Disney’s High School Musical for the Children’s Theatre Company; Cosi fan tutte for the Minnesota Opera; Doubt, Once on this Island and Miss Julie for Ten Thousand Things; Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma! for Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre; and award-winning productions of Spring Awakening, La Bohème, Old Wicked Songs and Violet for Theater Latté Da.

Peter frequently directs workshops of new plays, musicals and operas with Theater Latté Da, the Playwrights’ Center, Philadelphia’s PlayPenn and the Illusion Theatre, where he is an artistic associate.

He is the creator of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, which premiered in a live broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and has since been broadcast around the globe. In 2014 All Is Calm will complete its seventh national tour with a performance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Peter is also the creator of Steerage Song along with musician and storyteller Dan Chouinard. Steerage Song is a new musical about the European American immigrant experience between 1845 and 1924 seen through the lens of the current immigration debate. The work includes songs from 25 countries and is performed in 18 different languages.

Peter has been named one of Minnesota’s Artists of the Year by the Star Tribune (2001, 2007, 2011), Theater Artist of the Year (2010) by Lavender Magazine, Best Director of the Year (2006, 2010) by City Pages and Artist of the Year by City Pages (2012). He has received five Ivey Awards for Overall Excellence, and has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation.

Peter serves on the board of directors for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Alive and Kickin’ and the Twin Cities’ Ivey Awards. He also served on the steering committee for the creation of the Minnesota Theater Alliance. He has been as a panelist and evaluator for the Playwrights’ Center, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals.

Peter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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Peter Rothstein – Director

4951 Aldrich Avenue S. Minneapolis, MN 55419

phone: 612.616.1532   email: prothstein@me.com

Artistic Leadership

Founding Artistic Director, Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis, MN
(1996–present)

Board Emeritus, National Alliance for Musical Theatre (2012 - present)

US Delegation, International Theater Festival, Havana, Cuba  (2015)

Career Development Program for Directors, NEA/TCG (2007- 2009)

Steering Committee, Minnesota Theater Alliance (2007-2009)

Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New York, NY (2008)

La Mama International Directors Symposium, Spoleto, Italy (2003)

Theater

Six Degrees of Separation, Theater Latté Da (2017)

Choir Boy, Guthrie Theater (2016)*

Romeo and Juliet, Ten Thousand Things, (Fall 2014)

Our Town, Theater Latté Da ( 2014)

Other Desert Cities, Guthrie Theater (2013)*

Song of Extinction, Theater Latté Da/Guthrie Theater (2011)*

Doubt, Ten Thousand Things (2011)

M. Butterfly, Guthrie Theater (2010)

Old Wicked Songs, Theater Latté Da/Guthrie Theater (2008)

The Laramie Project, Matthew Shepherd Foundation (2008)

Private Lives, Guthrie Theater (2007)

Musical Theater

Ragtime, 5th Avenue Theatre (2017)

Man of La Mancha, Theater Latté Da (2017)

Guys and Dolls, Utah Shakespeare Festival (2017)

Ragtime, Theater Latté Da (2016)

All Is Calm, (also Creator) Theater Latté Da/Cantus/Minnesota Public Radio (2007-13)**

C. Theater Latté Da (2016)**

Gypsy, Theater Latté Da (2016)

Sweeney Todd, Theater Latté Da (2015)

Peter Pan, Children’s Theatre Company (Spring 2015)

Shrek, Children’s Theatre Company (Spring 2014)

Cabaret, Theater Latté Da/Hennepin Theatre Trust (2014)

Steerage Song, (also Creator) Theater Latté Da (2013) **

Spring Awakening, Theater Latté Da/University of Minnesota (2012)

Oklahoma!, 5th Avenue Theatre (2012)

Opera

Diana's Garden, Minnesota Opera (2017)*

Così fan tutte, Minnesota Opera (2011)

La Bohème (also Translator) Theater Latté Da, (2005, 2007)

Susannah, Theater Latté Da (2007)

The Star Gatherer, St. John’s Boys’ Choir (2006, 2007)**

* Denotes Area Premiere   ** Denotes World Premiere

New Work in Development

Playwrights:

Katie Baldwin Eng, Liv Cummins, Dan Dietz, Madeleine George, Beth Gilleland, Bradley Greenwald, Jordan Harrison, Kevin Kling, Chip Klose, Carson Kreitzer, Jon Marans, Kira Obolensky, Tod Petersen, Riti Sachdeva, Andrew Saito, Gene Scheer, Rosanna Staffa, Lydia Stryk, Kathleen Tolan

Composers:

Carla Alcorn, Mary Ellen Childs, Dan Chouinard, Bob Elhai, Aaron Gabriel, Michael Gruber, Rob Hartmann, Michael Holland, Steve Kramer, Erick Lichte, David Mallamud, Stephen Paulus, Gary Rue, Jeff Tang, Timothy Takach

Institutions:

The Playwrights’ Center, PlayPenn, Children’s Theatre Company, Illusion Theater, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Public Radio, Theater Latté Da

Honors and Awards

Other Desert Cities, Guthrie Theater

Top Ten Productions of 2013, Star Tribune

Top Ten Productions of 2013, Lavender

Artist Initiative Award (2013, 2011, 2005) Minnesota State

Arts Board

Spring Awakening, Theater Latté Da/University of Minnesota

2012 Ivey Award for Overall Excellence

Best Musical of 2012, City Pages

Best of 2011-12, Minnesota Playlist

Top Ten Productions of 2012, Lavender

Minnesota Artists of the Year (2011, 2007, 2001) Star Tribune

Doubt, Ten Thousand Things

Best Production of 2011, Star Tribune

Top Ten Productions of 2011, City Pages

2011 Ivey Award for Overall Excellence

Annie, Children’s Theatre Company

Top Ten Productions of 2011, Star Tribune

Best Director (2011, 2006), City Pages

Best Theater in the Twin Cities (2010), Theater Latté Da,

City Pages

Violet, Theater Latté Da/Guthrie Theater

Best Musical of 2010, City Pages

Theater Artist of the Year (2010, 2007), Lavender

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Theater Latté Da/Cantus/Minnesota Public Radio

Gabriel Award for Broadcast Excellence (2010)

Gold World Medal at the 2010 New York Festivals (2010)

M. Butterfly, Guthrie Theater

Best Production of the Year (2010), Lavender

Old Wicked Songs, Theater Latté Da/Guthrie Theater,

Best Production of a Play (2008), Star Tribune

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Directing, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Bachelor of Arts, Music and Theater Arts, St. John’s University