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Peter Sargent

Peter Sargent

A native of Massachusetts, Peter Sargent developed his interest in lighting after helping his father who worked for Sylvania in Boston and did theatrical lighting on the side. Sargent earned a BFA from Carnegie Institute of Technology and a MFA from Yale University.

 

Webster College (later Webster University) established the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in 1966. Peter Sargent came to Webster that same year to serve as resident lighting director. He would go on to become assistant to the Rep's artistic director, chair of the Theater Arts Department, and in 1995, the first ever Dean of the College of Fine Arts (now Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts). 

 

Peter Sargent continues to teach and do production lighting. His accomplishments in both areas have been honored by various organizations as indicated below.

 

Honors, awards, & career highlights

 

Gold Medallion for Outstanding Contribution to College Theatre, Amoco Foundation

 

College of Fellows of the American Theatre, 2003

 

Lifetime Achievement Award, Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, 2014

 

Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame

 

President’s Award, International Thespian Society, 1988

 

Leadership in the Arts Award, Missouri Arts Council, 2014

 

Honorary Member, Omicron Delta Kappa

 

Special Citation for Education, United States Institute for Theatre Technology

 

Lifetime of Achievement in the Arts Award, Webster Groves Arts Commission, 2014.

 

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References

 

Hancock, Sierra. (2014, October 14). Webster's "Man in Plaid" Peter Sargent wins Lifetime Achievement Award. The Journal. (read the article)

 

Homan, Becky. (1989, June 11). His password: Plaid. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Magazine, p. 20-21.

 

McMunn, Andrew. (2017, November 22). Peter Sargent, founder of Conservatory, receives lifetime achievement award. The Journal. (read the article)

 

Murphy, Julie. (2014, January 3). St. Louis character: a Sargent of the theater. St. Louis Business Journal. (Webster/Eden access only)

 

Peter Sargent, Alice Gerdine honored for contributions to the arts. (2003, Spring). Webster World, vol. 8, no. 4, p. 32.

 

Picha, Kevin D. (1995, August 31-September 6). Webster appoints Sargent Dean of College of Fine Arts. The Journal, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 1, 4.

 

Shanks, Holly. (2014, February 12). Dean of College of Fine Arts Peter Sargent honored with Leadership in Arts. The Journal. (read the article)

 

Shapiro, Mary. (2014, October 3). Peter Sargent: a lifetime devoted to the arts. Webster-Kirkwood Times. (read the article)

 

Truckey, Sarah. (2005, Fall). Peter Sargent: Keeping things plaid and simple. The Ampersand, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 34-35.