Professional Information

Peter is co-chair/director of theatre for Southern Utah University’s Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. He is the book/lyricist for LEND ME A TENOR-THE MUSICAL, (Brad Carroll, composer) which made its American premiere at the Utah Shakespeare Festival and recently celebrated its UK premiere at Theatre Royal Plymouth, and plans to move to London’s West End this spring. In addition, Peter is the author of the musicals, TOYLAND, IT'S A DOG'S LIFE: Man’s Best Musical & WAXWORKS; and the plays, SHAKESPEARE’S MOBY DICK, a classical adaptation of Herman Melville's American masterpiece, TWINKLE, TWINKLE, “KILLER” KANE (written with William Peter Blatty, “The Exorcist”), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL: ON THE AIR (also written with Brad Carroll). A veteran regional actor for over 30 years, he has performed at such places as The Asolo Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Studio Arena Theatre, Eastside Playhouse, Perry Street Theatre, Artpark, Yale Cabaret, and has been a principal member of the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival for over 11 seasons. Additionally, Peter has directed numerous productions throughout the United States. As an educator, he has served as visiting assistant professor of theatre at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and adjunct professor of Acting & Guest Director at Elon University in North Carolina. Peter has served as an artistic director for Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and Bristol Valley Playhouse in Naples, New York. He holds an MFA from the University of Delaware's nationally acclaimed Professional Theatre Training Program. Peter is married to director/choreographer, Kirsten Sham, and blessed with two remarkable children, Olivia and Orlando.

Professor Peter Sham Picture Strip
From top left, clockwise: Ben Franklin in 1776, Salieri in Amadeus, Merlin in Camelot, Rosehips in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Duke Frederick in As You Like It, Pellinore in Camelot, Chick in A Christmas Carol: On The Air, Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Brock in Born Yesterday, Charlie in On Golden Pond, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Porthos in The Three Musketeers, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charlemagne in Pippin, Poohbah in The Mikado, Henry IV in Henry IV Part One, Homenides in A Flea in Her Ear, Lavatch in All’s Well That Ends Well, and Doolittle in My Fair Lady.