Actor, stage director, and master teaching artist Peter Kors brings a wealth of professional experience into the classroom. He has designed and facilitated student and professional development workshops for The Music Center and every other major arts organization throughout Southern California. As The Music Center’s teaching artist lead coach, Peter mentored teaching artists new to the roster. He also specializes as a writing coach and director for high school student-generated plays.
As an actor, Peter has been featured in ﬁlms (“Confidential Report,” “The Strawberry Statement”), on television (“The West Wing,” “Bram and Alice”), and on stage at the Mark Taper Forum (“Tales of Hollywood,” “According to Coyote”); he has done voice-over work for dozens of feature films and television shows. His directing credits include “Francheschina’s Trick” (Theatre of Marvels), “Coming Close,” “Confessions of a Pulpeteer,” (Public Works Theatre), “The Way of the World” (Classical Theatre Lab), and “Mother” (Climate Change Action Festival).
A co-founder of Dell’Arte International, a world-renowned acting school in Northern California, Peter teaches mask theatre workshops for professional actors in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Kors adapts fables and folktales to guide students through a creative playmaking experience celebrating the joy of performing. For very young students Peter has developed a specialized curriculum focused on interpreting visual texts and steady beat rhythmic work.
Seeing and Singing (for TK and K):
Large format picture books allow students to interpret visuals, and sing songs to foster steady beat and reading skills. Combined, they provide material for simple theatre games and short performances.
Explore the art and craft of theatre while working toward a common goal - sharing the stage, giving and taking focus, choral speaking, and creating a short ensemble performance.
The Actor’s Instrument:
Focus on the voice and the body to discover what makes each of us unique by using quotes from Shakespeare and movement that expresses character and imagery.
The Play’s the Thing:
Create plays out of stories for a culminating performance while developing speaking, listening, and writing skills; empathy, sequencing, literacy, team play, and self-confidence through an authentic process of creating theatre.