Peter Hsieh is a writer and Director from San Jose, California most known for his staged plays. He started writing plays in his senior year at the University of California, Irvine, writing and directing his first two plays which premiered at student produced festivals on campus. Since graduating, he has written over 30 staged-plays, had performances in theaters across the country, and was one of the most produced emerging playwrights in the Bay Area for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 seasons.
Notable achievements include his play Tangerina, which was a finalist for the 2015 Orange County New Play Festival, A Room with Modern Furniture, which won 3rd place at Playwrights CageMatch 2013 at Douglas Morrisson Theater, and Interstate, which had a sold-out run Off-Off Broadway at T. Schreiber Studio Theater. Most recently his play Interval, Impulse was a finalist for Nylon Fusion Collective’s Best of TROU award alongside academy award winning screenwriter and playwright John Patrick Shanley and National Play Award Winner Don Nigro.
He has collaborated with theater companies, schools, and festivals across the country, including Hollywood Fringe, NOLA Fringe, San Jose Rep’s Emerging Artist Lab, City Lights Theater Company, Asian American Theatre Company, Piney Fork, Revolution Theater, Drowning in Blue, San Francisco Olympians Festival, San Francisco Theater Pub, Gi60, Detroit Fringe Festival, AbbieFest, Fine Arts Association of Ohio, Stage Left, Gi60, New York University, Brooklyn College, University of California Irvine and more.
Peter was a member of Asian American Theater Company’s New Works Incubator (2012-2013) and San Jose Rep’s Emerging Artist Lab (2012-2014) where he developed several of his plays. In 2013, he co-founded City Light Source New Play Development Series with playwright Lisa Kang. City Light Source held monthly workshops at City Lights Theater Company where local playwrights would bring in new plays they are currently working on, have it read by aloud by actors, and receive feedback from their fellow writers and directors.
Outside of theatre, Peter has written several feature length and short screenplays, writes for the Rift Legion Wars webcomic, and is a guest contributor for Content Magazine. This past year, he wrote and directed his debut feature film, Drive All Night, a surreal neo-noir drama about a taxi driver who picks up a mysterious young woman, starring Yutaka Takeuchi and Lexy Hammonds in the lead roles. Principle photography took place August 2019 and the film is currently in post production and scheduled to begin its festival run fall 2020.
His upcoming project is a short film called David Janice Paris France, based on his play of the same name starring Lexy Hammonds, Jacob Crawford, Nataliz Jimenez, and Ali Jahangiri will be shooting February 2020. Peter currently lives in San Jose, CA where he works as Marketing and Communications Director at American Leadership Forum - Silicon Valley.
He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in English Literature. In his free time, he plays CS:GO, teaches and plays guitar, and maintains an impressive sneaker collection.