Peter Sellars

Director, Screenwriter
Iconoclastic enfant terrible of the theater and opera stage who was appointed director of the Boston Shakespeare Company at age 25 and the Kennedy Center's American National Theater at 26 and who won notoriety for his ... Read more »
Born: 09/27/1957 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (9)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Journey with Peter Sellars 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Peter Sellars Directs Cosi Fan Tutte 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Sellars Directs Don Giovanni 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Sellars Directs the Marriage of Figaro 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

King Lear 1988 (Movie)

William Shakespeare V (Actor)

Happy New Year 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)
Director (1)

The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Production Management (1)

King Lear 1988 (Movie)

(Assistant Director)
Other (1)

Nixon in China 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Iconoclastic enfant terrible of the theater and opera stage who was appointed director of the Boston Shakespeare Company at age 25 and the Kennedy Center's American National Theater at 26 and who won notoriety for his radical reinterpretations and updating of classical operas. Sellars made his film directing and writing debut with the silent thriller, "The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez" (1991), which is loosely based on Robert Wiene's 1919 classic of German expressionism, but updated to contemporary New York.

Relationships

Juliet Sellars

Sister

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts 1980

Phillips Andover Academy

Andover, Massachusetts

Milestones

1990

Hosted TV special, "Destination Mozart: A Night at the Opera With Peter Sellars"

1990

Directed (also hosted) TV special, "Peter Sellars Directs the Marriage of Figaro"

1988

Directed stage production "Nixon in China" for TV special, "Great Performances"

1987

Acted in first feature, "Happy New Year"

1987

Became director of Los Angeles Festival

1986

Left Kennedy Center as director (date approximate)

1983

Opened La Jolla Playhouse with Brecht's "The Visions of Simone Machard"

1983

Became director of American National Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

1982

Became director of the Boston Shakespeare Company (date approximate)

1980

Discovered by Robert Brustein and recruited to direct "Inspector General" for the American Repertory Theatre

Allowed to direct "Facade" on Harvard's Loeb main stage as a freshman; by senior year had directed more on Loeb's main stage than anyone in Harvard's history (first time for a freshman to direct there)

Ran Loeb theater the summer before his senior year

Began doing stage shows at Phillips Academy; worked for five summers at Denver's Elitch Theater (the nation's oldest and largest summer theater)

Allowed to work a puppet in the Lovelace theater at age 12

Worked for Lovelace Marionettes in concession sales, then curtain puller at age 10

Won national attention for production of Handel's "Orlando" for the American Repertory Theatre

Formed small puppet theater group with younger sister Juliet

Bonus Trivia

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Received $136,000 as MacArthur Foundation Fellow (1983)

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