Louis Peterson

Louis S. Peterson (June 17, 1922 – April 27, 1998) was an American playwright, actor, screenwriter, and professor. He was an American playwright and the first African-American playwright to have a dramatic play produced on Broadway. He was also one of the first African-American writers to be nominated for an Emmy Award.

Louis Stamford Peterson was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 17, 1922. His father was Louis Peterson Sr., and his mother was Ruth Conover Peterson, who both worked in the banking business. Peterson first planned to get a degree in music. In 1944 he graduated from Morehouse College earning a B.A. in English. In college he became involved in the Little Theatre and performed onstage. He attended Yale University (1944 to 1945), and then earned an M.A. in drama from New York University in 1947.

In New York Peterson performed in Off-Broadway plays, and studied acting with noted teacher, Sanford Meisner, at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and he also studied at the Actors Studio. He studied playwriting, and worked closely with Clifford Odets. ] His first play, Take a Giant Step, was written while he was touring as an actor and stage manager in Carson McCullers’ play, The Member of the Wedding. –Wikipedia

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightTake a Giant Step (A Black Retrospective 4) 1978-79 Season
PlaywrightCrazy Horse Have Jenny Now 1979-80 Season