Peter Royston (he/him) is an equity stage manager based in New York, and originally from the Bay Area area. His credits include: Blue Man Group, The Public Theater, The Lark, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Theatre Works, among others. Since 2017, Peter has become a vocal advocate and ally to the disabled community, specifically through his lived experience as a White Gay man with Cerebral Palsy. Peter hopes to see disabled stage management representation on Broadway and increased visibility of disabled artists across all aspects of the industry.
- Where are you calling from?
- What were you doing before the shutdown?
- What have you done to supplement your income?
- Did you go to school for stage management?
- Do you think that it takes a certain temperament to be a Stage Manager?
- What’s it like being the “Kindness Ambassador”?
- Did you go to school thinking you would act?
- Did you have a back-up plan?
- When was the first time you saw or read ‘Glass Menagerie’?
- Do you think the theatre community is making strides to be more inclusive for disabled artists?
- Have you faced discrimination in the workplace?
- Have you had any big risks? What are some of the rewards you get from taking those risks?
- Have you “made it”?
- Is there anyone who you were able to see that inspired you?
- Do you have any recommendations for listeners?
- How should listeners follow or connect with you?
- “As a Stage Manager, I love to see all the pieces and know why everything’s happening.”
- “There are certain things that will mostly likely happen [/go wrong] on a show, and once you learn that, you go with the flow; it’s part of the journey”
- “How do you lift up people so they do their job effectively and in turn you can do yours?”
- “Everyone is trying their best–if you can see that, it gives you humility and understanding.”
- “If you’re always rushing and making sure you’re doing everything as fast as you can and you don’t take the moment to check in with your people, it can continue to deteriorate our situations and diminish the joy of walking into theatre.”
- “The Psychology that I learned, I’ve used it as a Stage Manager.”
- “If you are somebody that’s had any sort of challenge with a non-supportive upbringing, please seek out the help and find your people.”
- “You do not have to be disabled to have access needs.”
- “I hope people start to feel more comfortable and realize that their voices matter–there are other experiences that are like mine and different, and I think that they’re important because I think our stories and our experiences is the thing that’s lacking in moving the conversation and moving theatre into the more equitable space that we all dream and talk about that we want”
- “I have a vision of how theatre looks from an equitable standpoint and I’m not going to rest until that happens.”
- “There will always be a way we can look at a situation and do better.”
- “There is so much variety in disability itself and then also in all the facets of disability–there’s so much variety in cerebral palsy, autism, and in all lived experience.”
- “You don’t actually need to know what any specific person’s individual ability is to be working with them. They’re a person and they’re happy to share their lived story and experience whenever they feel safe to do so and whenever it feels right.”
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