Carnegie Mellon University

Peter Cooke

Peter Cooke

Professor and Head, School of Drama

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Peter Cooke is an internationally recognized performing arts educationalist, administrator, researcher and practitioner. Born in Brisbane, Australia and educated in Kuala Lumpur, Canberra, Southport and Sydney, Peter was the first graduate of the Theatre Design Course at Australia’s premiere theater school, the National Institute of Dramatic Art [NIDA] in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama as Professor and Head in January 2009, Peter was 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-theater, television, casinos and large-scale events. Peter’s students have gone on to win numerous national and international accolades for their contributions to the arts, including five Academy Awards.