From regional theater to Broadway productions, chorus boy to leading man, cabarets to concert halls, Peter has been there. He is a recipient of two DramaLogue (Backstage West) Awards and a Goodman Critics Award, as well as numerous accolades from critics and audiences alike for his performances across the US and Canada in Sir Cameron Mackintosh's original Broadway productions of Les Misérables and Martin Guerre (original New York cast), the national touring company of Jesus Christ Superstar (alongside stars Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson from the original film), as well as in numerous major musical productions at many of the US's prominent regional theaters, including Washington DC's Arena Stage, Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater, New York's City Center, Palo Alto-Mountain View's TheatreWorks, San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon, Pennsylvania's Allenberry Playhouse, Maryland's Olney Theater Center, Oakland's Woodminster Musicals, Walnut Creek's Festival Opera, San Jose's American Musical Theatre, Foster City's Hillbarn Theatre, San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, and others.
As a concert soloist, Peter has performed with Symphony Silicon Valley and the California Pops Orchestra. In addition, he has also performed in two sold-out runs with his duo show (with Broadway's Jim Ambler) at Feinstein's at the Nikko in San Francisco. Peter has also had success working as a voiceover actor, a recording artist, a vocal director, and a singer in countless private cabarets and industrials.
Peter has worked with many of the musical theater world's most outstanding professionals, from producers and directors to composers, casting directors, actors, and musicians. Having started out as a child actor at the age of seven, and always an advocate of ongoing training, education, and practice, Peter has studied with some of the industry's best and has been performing for over 40 years. Peter enjoys sharing his experience, knowledge, and unique insight with singers and actors of all ages and all levels of experience.
As a teaching artist, in addition to running his private teaching studio since 2012, Peter served on the faculty at American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory in San Francisco for seven years, where he received ACT's Distinguished Artist Mentor Award. At ACT, Peter also directed the Young Conservatory's Junior Cabaret Ensemble. In addition, Peter has taught master classes and workshops for kids, teens, and adults throughout the country, and he served as a member of the artistic staff of the Stanford University Department of Drama for two years.
Peter has been a member of Actors' Equity Association since 1996 (the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States). He is listed (as Pierce Peter Brandt) in Who's Who in American Theatre 1999-2000 (volume 56), the Broadway League's Internet Broadway Database, and is mentioned in the book Letters from Backstage (Allworth Press) by television and stage actor Michael Kostroff.
Peter is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world.
American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco
TheatreWorks, Palo Alto/Mountain View
El Dorado Musical Theatre, Sacramento
Menlo School, Menlo Park
Broadway by the Bay, Burlingame
San Francisco's Theatre Bay Area lecture series
State University of New York Drama Department
University of Illinois Drama Department
California Theatre Arts, Walnut Creek
School of the Arts, Rochester, New York
Orpheum Theater Summer Institute, Memphis
American Musical Theatre of San Jose
Actors' Academy, Los Gatos/Campbell
Palo Alto Children's Theater
Peninsula Youth Theater, Mountain View
PETER'S TRAINING & EDUCATION
• Voice: Edward Sayegh (NYC/LA/SF); Brad Garside (NYC); Phil Hall (NYC); Halbert Blair (USC); Gregory Wait, Evelyn Draper (Stanford University)
• Acting: Diann Ainslee (Manhattan Edge Actors Studio, NYC); Sara Louise Lazarus (NYC); Tara Rubin (NYC); Ron LaRosa (NYC); Bill White, Louis Fantasia (USC, Los Angeles); Shelton Studio (San Francisco); American Conservatory Theater (San Francisco).
• San Jose State University, San Jose
(BA with distinction)
• University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles (2 years in music and drama)
Peter (front row, 4th from left) as Combeferre in "Les Misérables" singing One Day More with the company.
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