DIRECTING CREDITS

Artistic Director of the
African-American Shakespeare Company

 

MACBETH

July 2019 | African-American Shakespeare Company |  2018 - 2019 season 

"[This] production of Macbeth reimagines the tragic "Scottish play" as the bitter and wildly mutinous dream sequence of a homeless American Veteran. ... The company and production both offer much to think about and learn from. Do not miss this production."

Daryanna Lancet, DailyCal

"Director L. Peter Callender's vision for this classic story of ambition and betrayal is thrillingly modern and dystopian. ... Exciting and inventive, Callender and company are to be congratulated for bringing this classic play to modern resonance" -

Robert Sokol, SF Examiner

"Directed by L. Peter Callender, the African American Shakespeare Company’s noble, fearless, and always compelling artistic director, the classic story suggests the greatest menace to human life is not an external force, but the uncaring, unkind impulse lurking within all of us. Do we rise to goodness or fall to ambition and wretchedness? That’s the question. The answer — for Macbeth and his wife — serves as warning. Make the journey and save your soul."

Lou Fancher, East Bay Express

BLACK EAGLES

Mar 2019 | African-American Shakespeare Company |  2018 - 2019 season 

"Like the Tuskegee airmen, we are forced to question the righteousness and justice of every American war. “Black Eagles” recaptures Black History and makes it live."

Robert M. Gardner, Theatrius

"Like a wise and compassionate commanding officer, director L. Peter Callender coaxes the individual stories into the spotlight, drawing emotionally honest performances from a cast with variable performance skills." -

Robert Sokol, SF Examiner

"One has the mistaken impression that one of the simplest things to portray as an actor is drunkenness. Wrong.  These talented actors under Callender’s superb direction, slowly, gradually and naturally grew more inebriated as the scene progressed while maintaining their characters."

Gaetana Caldwell-Smith, For All Events

BLACK EAGLES

Mar 2019 | African-American Shakespeare Company |  2018 - 2019 season 

"Like the Tuskegee airmen, we are forced to question the righteousness and justice of every American war. “Black Eagles” recaptures Black History and makes it live."

Robert M. Gardner, Theatrius

"Like a wise and compassionate commanding officer, director L. Peter Callender coaxes the individual stories into the spotlight, drawing emotionally honest performances from a cast with variable performance skills." -

Robert Sokol, SF Examiner

"One has the mistaken impression that one of the simplest things to portray as an actor is drunkenness. Wrong.  These talented actors under Callender’s superb direction, slowly, gradually and naturally grew more inebriated as the scene progressed while maintaining their characters."

Gaetana Caldwell-Smith, For All Events

2019 Best of the Bay (Tampa) Nominations:

Best Director

Best Production

PIPELINE

Jan- Feb 2019 | American Stage, FL |  2018 - 2019 season 

"Directed by L. Peter Callender, the play is a taut, rhythmic exploration of what happens when parents are stressed, educators feel threatened, and students are misunderstood."

J.A. Jones, Weekly Challenger

"Director L. Peter Callender clearly understands the complexities and frailties of human interaction..."

Keven Renken, Creative Pinellas

"Morisseau...writes in tight scenes, each with a clear purpose. Callender...has a knack for distilling that purpose and getting actors to evoke it."

Andrew Meachan, Tampa Bay Times

"And under the flawless direction of L. Peter Callender, “Pipeline” continues to maintain American Stages’ track record as a regional theater with a perfect 2018/2019 season…so far."

Peter Balaskas, Splash Magazines

"The matchup of L. Peter Callender and American Stage is one made in theatrical heaven."

William S. Oser, Talkin' Broadway

"From superb direction, an exceptionally-cast ensemble to seamless set changes, perfect costumes, lighting and sound, this is a show that won’t leave you and maybe- actually not maybe – the truth is – it shouldn’t."

Deborah Bostock-Kelley, Groove Magazine

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Mar 2018 | African-American Shakespeare Company |  2017 - 2018 season 

Director Callender offers a brilliant and painful lesson about listening respectfully to women. His “Streetcar” (1947) mixes brilliant acting, handfuls of unexpected laughter, a tablespoon of torment, and a cup of tragedy.

Gilad Barach, Theatrius

"African-American Shakespeare’s lusty, furious ‘Streetcar’ belongs to all of us." -

Lily Janiak, SF Chronicle

"The African-American Shakespeare Company gives a stronger production, with director L. Peter Callender offering a fresh and impressively witty approach to the life of Blanche DuBois."

Sophie Kim, The Daily Californian

Theatre Tampa Bay Awards Nominations: Outstanding Featured Actor; Outstanding Set design

A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Jan-Feb 2018 | American Stage Theater Company |  2017 - 2018 season 

"L. Peter Callender has crafted a production that understands and embraces every nuance in the script, with tensions that rise and fall musically." - 

Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times

"Director L. Peter Callender shows his mastery with the pacing of the play and bringing ALL the actors to shine in their own glory, from the lead actors to the cameos."

Peter Balaskas, Splash Magazines

Director L. Peter Callender, guided American Stage's last two very powerful August Wilson plays; it's safe to say that he has outdone himself here. This is one beautiful production from a classic script, and everything comes together. - 

Peter Nason, Broadway World St Petersburg

Theatre Bay Area Award Finalist: Outstanding Sound Design

THE WINTER'S TALE

June 2017 | African-American Shakespeare Company |  2016 -2017 season 

Theatre Bay Area Award Finalist: Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Prop Design, Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role (L. Peter Callender)

JITNEY

March 2017 | African-American Shakespeare Company |  2016 -2017 season 

 "What the production, directed with brilliance by the company's artistic director L. Peter Callender, gets right is the ambience and camaraderie of these varied lives set against the backdrop of the threat of gentrification." -

David John Chavez, Bay Area Plays

 

  "Wilson's characters are rich, complex, delightful and engaging in and of themselves, but the magic is in their interaction." -

Christine Okon, Theater & Such

 

"It is not surprising I had an excellent evening at the African-American Shakespeare Company's production of August Wilson's 'Jitney', directed by and starring our own top-flight L. Peter Callender." -

Irene Nelson, Theatrius

Theatre Tampa Bay Awards: Outstanding Director; Outstanding Production  |   Nominations: 2 Outstanding Featured Actor; 2 Outstanding Lead Actor; Outstanding Set design; Outstanding Costume Design; Outstanding Lighting Design;

JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE

January 2017 | American Stage Theater Company|  2016 -2017 season 

 

 

  "As he proved in last year's Jitney, director L. Peter Callender understands August Wilson like no other. He is an artist who knows how to stage a scene to maximum effect" -

Peter Nason, Broadway World

"Director L. Peter Callender has pulled together a bouquet of moments to savor, too many of them to come from the actors alone." -

Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times

 "L. Peter Callender’s flawless direction makes the experience seem like a passionate, mercurial evening of watching a dynamic jazz ensemble, with each artist bellowing their own harmonic solo. " -

Peter A. Balaskas, Splash Magazines 

Safe House | Aurora Theatre Company | L. Peter Callender | David Everett Moore | Lance Gardner | Dawn L. Troupe
Safe House | Aurora Theatre Company | L. Peter Callender | Dezi Soley | Lance Gardner

Theatre Bay Area Award Finalist: Outstanding Female Actor in a Featured Role

SAFE HOUSE

November 2016 | Aurora Theatre Company |  2016-2017 season 

 

 

 "The Kentucky of "Safe House" is a dangerous place. ...as directed by L. Peter Callender..., the actors inhabit their roles with urgency."

Georgia Rowe, SF Examiner

"Director L. Peter Callender keeps the tension high throughout the production."

Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News

 

 "As skillfully directed by L. Peter Callender, the drama unfolds grippingly. Each character is clearly defined."

Judy Richter, For All Events

WE ARE PROUD...

October 2016 | San Jose Stage|  2016-2017 season 

 "The terrifying relevance of the piece,...and the sharpness of L. Peter Callender's production, makes this 'Presentation' so memorable"

Karen D'Souza, Mecury News

 

 "'We Are Proud' offers two remarkable spectacles, first being that it's directed by L. Peter Callender, who clearly spent a lot of time pushing his actors."

Adam Brinklow, Edge Media Network

 

 "Directed by L. Peter Callender, the play gives a deep insight into the layered converstaion that exists about race and subjective and deep feelings people have in society."

Darshana Varia Nadkarni's Blog

Theatre Tampa Bay Awards: Outstanding Lead Actor; Outstanding Set design; Outstanding Director; Outstanding Production

JITNEY

January 2016 | 

American Stage Theater Company|  2015 -2016 season 

 "This production is excellent, quite possibly the best presentation of an August Wilson play I have seen by this company. I am sure that much of the credit needs to go to director L. Peter Callender."

William S. Oser, Talkin' Broadway

 

 "Sometimes the theater puts you in the presence of characters so captivating, you don't want the experience to end. ... Deftly directed by L. Peter Callender, these nine figures are funny, admirable, dangerous, misunderstood, wounded, dreamstruck, decent and implacable."

Mark Lieb, CL Tampa Bay

 

 "A show like this cannot succeed without the guiding hand of director L. Peter Callender. His obvious love for Wilson shows through every scene, every moment of humor, every heartbreaking monologue. The show is beautifully staged, the pacing is spot on, and the acting is as strong as it gets."

Peter Nason, Broadway World.com

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

May 2014 | 

African-American Shakespeare Company | 2013-2014 season 

 "AASC's 'Much Ado About Nothing' is something to write home about."

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RAISIN IN THE SUN

June 2012 |

African-American Shakespeare Company | 2011-2012 season

"'Raisin in the Sun' gets brilliant revival in San Francisco"

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Cinderella

CINDERELLA

December 2013 |

African-American Shakespeare Company  | 2013-2014 season

"Sassy, spirited 'Cinderella'"

TWELFTH NIGHT

April 2011 |

African-American Shakespeare Company | 2010-2011 season

"Jazzy 'Twelfth Night' Goes Down Easy..."

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

January 2013 |

African-American Shakespeare Company | 2012-2013 season

"African-American Shakespeare's 'Cat' has bite"

FENCES

February 2005 |

Solano College, Harbor Theater | 2004-2005 season

 

GILDED SIX-BITS

Summer 2000 |

Word for Word France Tour | 1999-2000 season

 

"Callender makes sure...the outlines of every character and the story [of TWELFTH NIGHT] are vivid, and the comedy shines through at every level..."

Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle

"Director L. Peter Callender certainly displays an admirable grasp of [CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF]: His staging brings audience members a sense of full, unflinching intimacy."

Adam Brinklow, Edge

"Under the expertly imaginative hand of L. Peter Callender, [MUCH ADO's] rich plot of twists and turns ...gains momentum from beginning to end."

Linda Ayers-Frederick, For All Events

"L. Peter Callender elected to mount A RAISIN IN THE SUN...set in Chicago. Considering the well-deserved opening night standing ovation, the choice was a wise one."

Kedar Adour

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