Artistic Statement

I see myself as an equal cross of Oscar Wilde, Henry David Thoreau, and the entire cast of The Muppets.

 

I live and breathe stories. Stories connect us to the earth: they tell us how we came to be and teach appreciation for each element of the world around us. They connect us to ourselves: what we choose to believe and with whom we choose to share it. They connect us to our communities: the tales our ancestors told and the people who’ve shaped both our dreams and nightmares. 

 Over the years, I've written plays, musicals, poems, children's books, and more. I create words  that delve deep into both the joy and pain of being human. I write worlds that embrace the fantastical and outlandish, while never compromising the integrity of their characters. I write to understand and grow. I’m inspired by dreamers, by the beauty of gentle snowfalls and the mischief of sunlight. I write what I love, and (if all goes according to plan) love what I write. 

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Bio

Peter Gray has studied Buddhism on a North Carolina goat farm, philosophy in the ruins of Socrates' jail cell, and fairy tales in Copenhagen. His projects and studies have taken him all over the world. In celebration of the centennial of Polish theater director Tadeusz Kantor, he collaborated in creation of Zero or More Disposable Lessons, a theatrical piece which explored the mechanics of memory, anatomy of oppression, disposability of bodies, and dancing objects. As ensemble member, Peter performed in Zero or More Disposable Lessons at Yale University, Off-Broadway at La Mama, and at the Cricoteka in Krakow. 

Raised in Alabama, Peter is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Yale University. He's studied storytelling under Marsha Norman, Donald Margulies, Dan O’Brien, Naomi Iizuka, Deb Margolin, Paul Lazar,  Joe Roach, and Christopher Bayes, among others. His senior project at Yale was La Claque, an original musical about the 1830s Parisian arts scene. His first full-length play gained him admission to the 2017 Sewanee Writers' Conference in Sewanee, Tennessee.

 

As a 2019 MacDowell Fellow, Peter is creating a series of modern day closet dramas designed to be read aloud at home. With Michael Alvarez, Peter has developed a theatrical exploration of the Medea myth workshopped at New York Theater Workshop. He has also held residencies with One Company, developing a musical about 1970s baseball, and d’arts et de reves, developing a Becketian theatrical piece about clowns, magicians, and birthday parties. Among other writing honors, Peter has received a Howard Nemerov Creative Writing Award for Poetry and a National Gold Key in Short Fiction from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.