Peter has served as dramaturg and script editor for dozens of writers for both stage and screen. As a director, Peter adheres closely to the wisdom of his mentor Larry Moss, who places respect for the writer and the text above all else.
Peter is both a professional maker and an academic in the disciplines of Theater, Film, Media and Literature, as well as an educator, and his work with writers is collaborative and in-depth.
1. Mentorship, advice and building foundations (especially for actors making the move to writing their own work)
2. Detailed notes on scripts in draft stages
3. Character development - creating compelling internal and external conflict
4. One-on-one development sessions to nurture ideas and provoke the potential of scripts in development
"As a director Peter Blackburn has a deep creative curiosity, a willingness to explore bold new territory informed by an extensive knowledge of his craft. He works without rigidity, letting the play evolve into whatever it needs to be while also serving the vision of the writer and ensuring his signature layered character work is always in evidence. Peter manages to be highly versatile while crafting productions that can never be mistaken for the work of another director. His honesty, kindness, and passion for telling good stories make him one of my favourite people to collaborate with; I am never less than stunned by the depths Peter manages to mine in the scripts I give him. From a writer’s perspective, he is my favourite type of director; the kind who can make you look much smarter than you are."
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