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Peyton Pugmire

Associate Director, Theater Division

Peyton currently serves as the Associate Director of the Theater Division at The Boston Conservatory, where he helps lead the development of new curriculum and programming.  He also serves as the artistic leader of TBC’s new resident children’s theatre company, sponsored by the school’s Extension Program.   Peyton manages TBC’s black box theater, which is used year-round as a classroom and performance venue for student and faculty directed productions.

Prior to TBC, Peyton was the Producing Artistic Director of the award-winning Watertown Children's Theatre since 2008, after two years prior as the company’s Program Director.  During that period, he also served as President of the Consortium of Boston Area Children's Theatre, with which he helped initiate the organization’s first regional, annual Children's Theatre Festival.   Peyton is also the Founding Artistic Director of Divine Stage Works, a Boston-based theatre company.

After receiving his Masters Degree in Theater Education from Emerson College in 2004, under the mentorship of the esteemed Robert Colby and Melia Bensussen, Peyton taught middle and high school drama in Winthrop, MA.  Teaching theatre to children is still Peyton’s number one passion!  As a theatre educator, Peyton values an artistic process that fosters the positive development of each child’s self-esteem, sense of collaboration, and creative freedom.

Peyton also teaches private acting.  His private students have won roles with the following local/national theater companies and schools:  Paper Mill Playhouse (NJ), The Huntington Theater Company, New Repertory Theatre, and The Walnut Hill School.

Peyton is also a director, performer, and scenic designer, recognized by critics throughout Boston.  Directing credits include The Footlight Club’s IRNE nominated And Then There Were None (voted “Best Theatre of 2009” by Edge Boston), Stoops! (a re-imagined staging of She Stoops to Conquer), Crimes of the Heart, Father of the Bride, The Wiz, Into the Woods, The Shadow Box, Singin’ in the Rain, and various play readings with Divine Stage Works’ site-specific PlaYces Series.  Acting credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (“Brick”), The Drowsy Chaperone (“Man in the Chair”), and Forever Plaid (“Frankie”) during the international Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, SC.

 

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