Peter Gray has studied Buddhism on a North Carolina goat farm, philosophy in the ruins of Socrates’ jail, and fairy tales in Denmark.
Raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Peter is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a member of the Yale Theatre Studies Working Group and had a private tutorial with Joe Roach on Surrealist Costume Design. His projects (including plays, musicals, fairy tales, poetry, fiction, and children’s books) have taken him around the world. With performer Joana Knezevic, he has created a bubble gum fantasia of body positivity, I Am Not Your Barbie, which premiered in a glass box in Belgrade/Serbia in May 2022. As ensemble member, he helped devise Zero or More Disposable Lessons, a piece in conversation with the work of Tadeusz Kantor, which premiered at La MaMa, New York/USA, and toured Poland.
With Michael Alvarez, Peter has developed a theatrical exploration of the Medea myth, performed at New York Theater Workshop and The Center at West Park, New York. His play Salem: Post-Mortem was begun in residence at Monson Arts then broadcast virtually with the Muse Collective in October 2020 to raise money for the Audre Lorde Project. His work has been recognized by institutions such as the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Yaddo, Lambda Literary, One Company, and d’arts et de reves, among others. As a MacDowell Fellow, Peter is creating a series of modern day closet dramas designed to be read aloud at home.