Peter Golub

Personal Information
Peter Golub began playing the piano when he was six. Alongside his interest in music, in high school he developed a passion for the theatre, forming a troupe with a group of classmates and directing and acting in adventurous plays (Pinter, Ionesco, Beckett). His interest in music and theatre led to his ongoing involvement in dramatic music as his career travels between film, theatre, and concert music.

He was an undergraduate at Bennington College, where he studied composition with Henry Brant, a pioneer in spatial music in the tradition of Charles Ives and a master orchestrator. (In addition to his huge catalogue of works, Brant orchestrated film scores by Alex North, including "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Cleopatra"). His piano studies with Lionel Nowak led him both to traditional repertoire as well as 20th Century works. He continued his studies at the Yale School of Music where he studied composition with Toru Takemitsu and Jacob Druckman and earned a Doctorate. His work and friendship with Takemitsu, who in addition to his concert works was the composer of a large body of film work, was pivotal in his development and continues to be an inspiration.

After completing his studies at Yale, Golub began working in the theatre in New York, composing numerous scores and working with some of the giants of the downtown theatre scene. As a member of Joseph Chaikin's Winter Project, he collaborated on several productions at La Mama. He also began a ten-year creative partnership with Charles Ludlam, becoming composer-in-residence at Ludlam's legendary Ridiculous Theatrical Company and writing scores for such works as The Mystery of Irma Vep, Galas, Salammbo, and The Artificial Jungle. He and Ludlam wrote a dramatic scene for actor, mezzo-soprano and orchestra, The Production of Mysteries, which was performed by Lukas Foss and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He also worked on numerous shows with Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival, including Shakespeare in the Park productions of Twelfth Night (with Gregory Hines, Michelle Pfieffer and Jeff Goldblum) and Othello (with Raul Julia and Christopher Walken). His ongoing collaboration with writer/director Moises Kaufman, includes scores for Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project. He is a member of Kaufman's Tectonic Theater Project. He also worked with the noted performance artist Ethyl Eichelberger, composing and performing in Ariadne Obnoxious at the Joyce Theater.

Peter Golub taught composition at Bennington College and Reed College. Since 1998 he has been the Director of the Sundance Film Music Program, where he runs the yearly Composers Lab, an intensive workshop for aspiring film composers. He was awarded the Classic Contribution Award by BMI and a 2008 Vision Award. He is also the recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship (given by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters) as well as grants from the National Endowment of the Arts (Opera/Musical Theater Program), Meet-the-Composer, and New York Foundation for the Arts. He serves on the Board of the American Music Center. (Biography dated 05/10/2018 )
External Links: Official Website

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Suddenly Last Summer Laura Pels Theatre (Current) 11/15/2006 Original Music
2 Macbeth Delacorte Theater 06/14/2006 Composer
3 Measure for Pleasure Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Anspacher Theater 03/08/2006 Composer
4 Songs From An Unmade Bed New York Theatre Workshop 05/24/2005 Composer
5 My Old Lady Promenade Theatre 10/03/2002 Original Music
6 The Laramie Project Union Square Theatre 03/18/2000 Composer
7 Betty's Summer Vacation Playwrights Horizons 03/14/1999 Original Music
8 The Mystery of Irma Vep Westside Theatre/ Downstairs 10/01/1998 Original Music
9 Amphigorey: A Musicale Perry Street Theatre 04/07/1994 Composer
10 Othello Delacorte Theater 06/21/1991 Music
11 Twelfth Night or What You Will Delacorte Theater 06/23/1989 Music
12 King John Delacorte Theater 08/05/1988 Music
13 Romeo and Juliet Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Anspacher Theater 05/24/1988 Music
14 Henry IV Part I Delacorte Theater 08/27/1987 Music
15 Richard II Delacorte Theater 06/24/1987 Music
16 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Union Square Theatre 04/29/1987 Original Music
17 Salammbo One Sheridan Square 11/07/1985 Original Music
18 The Mystery of Irma Vep One Sheridan Square 10/02/1984 Original Music
19 Galas Charles Ludlam Theatre 09/16/1983 Music
20 Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde Charles Ludlam Theatre 04/15/1983 Music
21 Exquisite Torture Charles Ludlam Theatre 10/13/1982 Composer
22 Secret Lives of the Sexists One Sheridan Square 02/09/1982 Music
23 Love's Tangled Web Charles Ludlam Theatre 06/08/1981 Composer
24 Love's Tangled Web Charles Ludlam Theatre 06/08/1981 Composer
25 Reverse Psychology Charles Ludlam Theatre 09/16/1980 Composer
26 Woyzeck Joseph Papp Public Theater/ Martinson Hall 03/24/1976 Music

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Suddenly Last Summer Laura Pels Theatre (Current) 11/15/2006 Sound Designer