Peter Dan Levin
Peter Dan Levin was known as Dan to his friends. When he became a theater professional, the name Daniel Levin was already used in equity; and so “Peter” was added. What a rich career. I saw him in summer stock in New Hope PA.; I saw him on Broadway in “The Diary of Ann Frank;” and I visited a hardware store in NYC as one of the launching sites for the off broadway movement of the 1960’s. It’s thrilling to have a lifelong friendship with an artist of such energy and intelligence. He also turns his creativity to the page, imagining and crafting poetry. I forgot to say Dan was in kindergarten with me in Gregory School, but even if by some accident he’d been in the other kindergarten classroom, I’d love and admire this work we present today. He’s been telling stories his whole life, on stage, screen and in poems. - GC
Peter's professional career began as an actor. He was trained at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) and in London on a Fulbright Scholarship. He made his Broadway debut in 1955 in the original production of "The Diary Of Anne Frank". He later appeared in regional theater, summer stock and Shakespearean Repertory in plays by Chekhov, Shaw, Ibsen, Odets, Pinter, O'Neill, Osborne and of course Shakespeare.
He began directing at Hardware Poets Playhouse, one of the earliest off-off-Broadway loft theaters (1962-1966) which he started with Audrey Davis and Jerry Bloedow, where they produced over 40 new plays by poets including Bloedow, Susan Sherman, Ruth Kraus, Robert Nichols, Ted Enslin and Joel Oppenheimer.
His directing work also includes works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Miller, Stoppard, Chekhov, George Kelly, and Dennis Potter.
Levin has directed dozens of episodes of television series including "Lou Grant",
"Call to Glory", "Law & Order", "Chicago Hope", "Midnight Caller", and "Judging Amy". He also directed three dozen movies for television including "Homeless To Harvard", "Overkill", "Little Girl Fly Away", "The Marva Collins Story", "Sworn To Silence", "And Never Let Her Go", "Popeye Doyle", "Houston: The Legend of Texas" and "In The Name Of The People".
He has led directing seminars at NYU, USC, Carnegie Mellon, Smith College and AFI. He taught acting and directing for a semester at The Guildhall School in London. He is currently developing a new play by Kenneth Cavander called "GunPlay".