Peter H. Hunt

Peter H. Hunt began his career as a child actor at the Pasadena Playhouse and went on to study at Hotchkiss, Yale and the Yale School of Drama. His first professional job was as lighting designer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Subsequently, he did the lighting for Richard Rodgers at Lincoln Center as well as the lighting for a number of Broadway shows. In time, he became a director and Rodgers allowed him to direct a new musical at Lincoln Center that resulted in his being asked to direct the Broadway Musical 1776, for which he won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical. He then went on to direct 1776 in London, and finally to direct the movie produced by Jack Warner. Since then he has directed a number of Broadway Musicals and two classic one-man shows: Give ‘em Hell, Harry, and Bully! Mr. Hunt directed the feature films of both these plays, one resulting in James Whitmore’s nomination for an Oscar as Best Actor. Since 1958 when he joined the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he has worked there on over two hundred productions as an actor, designer, director, and ultimately The Artistic Director from 1989 to 1995. During that time he produced more than sixty productions. Most recently on Broadway he directed the musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel. Over the years he has directed more than 700 hours of film for television. High on this list are films for PBS of Mark Twain’s major works that won many awards and were released theatrically abroad. In addition to his Tony Award, Mr. Hunt’s work has earned the New York Drama Critics Award, the London Critics Award, a Christopher Award, an Edgar Award, two Peabody Awards and a Cable Ace Award.