Peter Lawrence is a stage manager with over 40 years of experience in the commercial theatre. Working as production stage manager, he originated over 25 Broadway productions, among them Spamalot, Hurlyburly, Sunset Boulevard, Shrek The Musical, and five new plays by Neil Simon. Production stage manager assignments have seen him working in dinner theatre, stock, regional theatres, Broadway, off-Broadway, and national tours.
Lawrence has and continues to work with many of the great directors of our time including Mike Nichols, Gene Saks, James Lapine, Sam Mendes, Trevor Nunn, Joe Layton, John Doyle, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Michael Kidd, Jonathan Kent, and many more. Scenic designers Tony Walton, Santo Loquasto, John Napier, Tim Hatley, David Korins, Rob Howell, and Derek McLane, and lighting designers Tharon Musser, Ken Billington, Jennifer Tipton, Jules Fisher, Peggy Eisenhauer, Don Holder, Hugh Vanstone, and Andrew Bridge have all been part of the design teams of Lawrence’s shows. He has also worked with costume designers Theoni V. Aldredge, Susan Hilferty, Tim Hatley, Anthony Powell, William Ivey Long, and Ann Roth, and with sound designers Otts Munderloh, Peter Hylenski, Acme Sound Partners, Abe Jacob, Scott Lehrer, Dan Moses Schreier, and Ken Travis.
Lawrence has managed shows for producers Cameron Mackintosh, Emanuel Azenberg, Fran and Barry Weissler, Kevin McCollum, Ariel Tepper Madover, Bill Haber, Bob Boyett, Robert Whitehead, Robert Fox, and many others. He is the first stage manager ever to have been honored by the Tony Awards and is a recipient of the Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stage Managers’ Association.
And when there’s time, Peter Lawrence enjoys teaching and giving seminars in production stage management at drama departments around the country including Columbia University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Hawaii. He lives in New York City and has four children—only one of whom has gone into the theatre.