Best Classical Theater Mentor - 2013
L. Peter Callender
When L. Peter Callender was asked to take over as artistic director for the African-American Shakespeare Company, he didn't hesitate. The company's mission — classics with color — was exactly what Callender wanted to do. The Trinidad-born actor and director trained at Julliard, and in London and Japan. He has performed almost 30 Shakespeare plays, most of Shaw, along with plenty of Ibsen and Oscar Wilde. At the African-American Shakespeare Company, he's adding American classics to the Shakespeare and fairy tales they already do. This year, he directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, delighted to give other actors of color the chance to find the joy he does in the words of Tennessee Williams.