Peter Cooke-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Peter Cooke

Professor Head, School of Drama

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.268.1712


Peter Cooke is one of Australia’s leading performing arts educationalists, administrators, researchers and theatre practitioners. Born in Brisbane and educated in Kuala Lumpur, Canberra and Sydney Peter was the first graduate of the Theatre Design Course at Australia’s premiere theatre school, the National Institute of Dramatic Art, NIDA.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama in January 2009 Peter was the Deputy Director and Head of Design at NIDA, a role he held for twenty two years. Over three decades he has designed some one hundred and fifty productions across the disciplines of drama, opera, dance, puppetry, music theatre and large scale events. Peter’s past students at NIDA have gone on to win numerous accolades for their contributions to local, national and international stages and screens including three Academy Awards to Catherine Martin [Moulin Rouge - Production Design] and Angus Strathie [Moulin Rouge - Costume Design].