Peter Hackett

Avalon Foundation Chair of the Humanities
Professor of Theater

Peter Hackett served as Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Cleveland Play House from 1994-2004. During his tenure, he instituted several innovative artistic programs including the Associate Artists Program, The Next Stage Festival of New Plays, and the Professional Actor Training Program in partnership with Case Western Reserve University.  Of the over 80 plays he produced at the Play House, several moved to Broadway and off-Broadway theaters, earning national distinctions including Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle nominations and the AT&T OnStage and Obie awards.  In addition to over twenty productions at the Play House, Mr. Hackett has directed at theaters across the country and abroad including the Denver Center Theater, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the GeVa Theater, the Cape Rep, the Northern Stage, and the National Theater, Miskolc, Hungary. From 1980 - 88, he was a member of the Tony Award-winning Denver Center Theater Company serving variously as Acting Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director for New Play Development, and Director of the National Theater Conservatory.  Professor Hackett teaches acting and directing and directs main stage productions.

109 Hopkins Center
HB 6204
B.A. Dartmouth College
M.F.A. University of California at San Diego

Selected Publications

Artistic Director, The Cleveland Play House, (1994-2004)

Associate Artistic Director, The Denver Center Theater Company, (1983-1988)

Director, Orwell in America (world premiere), Northern Stage (2015)

Co-director, actor, Undue Influence, Dartmouth Dance/Theater Ensemble (2011, 2012)

Director, Gypsy, The New London Barn Playhouse (2015)

Director, Mack and Mabel, The Cape Rep Theater (2012)

Director, The Underpants, The Monomoy Theater (2015)