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Prepared by Kevin R. Ferst, November 29, 2001; Updated May 2016; April 2018
Inclusive Dates: 1966-2015
Extent: 1 cubic foot (1 document case, 1 flat box, and 1 oversized folder)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Peter Feldman was born in New York City, 1936. He received his BA from Bard College, New York, 1958, in the Dance/Drama department. He received additional theatre experience with various individual instructors.
Feldman's career extends from the 1960s to the present. In 1963, he, along with Joseph Chaikin, founded New York's famous Open Theatre, one of the world's leading avant-garde theatre ensembles. He co-directed this group until 1970, also serving as a Professional Associate in Acting at Columbia University during this time.
After 1970, Feldman was involved as an educator and director at several institutions, including Dartington College of Arts, Devon, U.K., from 1972-1975; Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, from 1975-1977; and Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., from 1977-1982.
Feldman returned to Brock University in 1984, where he has stayed, serving in several different functions. He was an Associate Professor in Theatre from 1984 until his retirement in 2001. He served as Director of the "Theatre and Drama in Education" Program for two terms. He was also Chair of the "Department of Film Studies, Dramatic and Visual Arts" from 1996-1999. He has directed over 20 productions at Brock, including: Blood Wedding by Lorca, Uncle Vanya by Chekhov, The Good Woman of Setzuan by Brecht, Night Sky by Susan Yankowitz, and The Party and Mountain Language by Harold Pinter.
In addition to these experiences, Feldman has directed numerous other productions in the US, Canada, and Europe. From 1970-1972, he was Artistic Director of "Satyre" topical- satirical theatre in Amsterdam. Through the 1970s to 2000, he worked with such groups as the Factory Theatre (Toronto), Actor's Lab (Toronto), The Other Theatre (New York), and the Vagabond Theatre (St. Catharines, Ontario). He has led acting workshops at colleges and universities such as Colgate University (New York), University of Iowa, and Kent State University. He has also led workshops for community and professional groups such as Western Ontario Drama League. He has published numerous articles and been a presenter at many conferences.
Feldman was retired from Brock University 2001. At the same time he began directing theatre productions with a group of his former students. Now called Stray Theatre, they have continued to present plays from the late 20th and 21st century world drama repertory -including Canadian plays- in St. Catharines and at The Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival.
Scope and Content: This collection consists of Feldman's publications, and production material. Production material includes flyers, periodical clippings and posters, and is organized alphabetically by th ename of the production. His publications are separated into journals, texts, and presentations and workshops. The bulk of the collection are journal articles (12 items), followed by presentations and workshops (4 items). The text collection does not contain books that Feldman personally wrote, but rather an interview and a collection of articles.
Bibliography: For further information, please consult the following publications.
Related Material: Researchers are also advised that Kent State University holds several other related collections, including the Open Theatre, collection, the Joseph Chaikin papers, and the Susan Yankowitz papers.
2 By Sam, Sullivan Mahoney Studio Theatre, flyer, undated
Ashes to Ashes, Stray Theatre, program, 
Better Living, Brock University, program, 1998
Communion, Stray Theatre, flyer, program and periodical clippings, undated
The Clown Play and Comings and Goings, The Open Theatre, flyer, undated
The Country, Stray Theatre, flyer and program, 
Dream, The Open Theatre, flyer, undated
Party Time and Mountain Language, Brock University, program, 1997
Risk Everything, Niagara Artists’ Company, periodical clippings and program, 2004
Salt Water Moon, program, The Players’ Guild of Hamilton, Inc., program, 2007
Ubu Cocu, The Open Theatre, photographs by Karl Bissinger, undated
Waiting for Godot, Niagara Artists’ Company, flyers, undated
Where’s My Money, Stray Theatre, flyer, undated
Publications - Journals
Publications - Texts
Presentations and Workshops
Folder-- Oversized Production Poster