Peter Sargent | Webster University

Peter Sargent

Photo of Peter SargentNote: Dean Emeritus Peter Sargent passed away during the fall term in November 2019. Below is his faculty bio at the time of his death. For more on his life and career in the arts, see this tribute in the Webster University newsroom.

Former Dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, named dean emeritus upon stepping down in 2019; Head, Stage Management program; BFA, Carnegie Institute of Technology, 1959; MFA, Yale University, 1963. Joined Webster in 1966 until his passing in November 2019.

Peter was the founding dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts and head of the Lighting Design and Stage Management programs.

Highlights include You Can't Take it With You; Sweeney Todd; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; A Little Night Music and Company. Additional theatres include: The Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, The Goodspeed Opera House, The Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He is a member of the College of Fellows of American Theatre and The National Theatre Conference.

He was a recipient of a Special Citation for Education from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Additionally, he was a member of the Educational Theatre Association Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. He was Secretary for the Board of Directors of the Arts and Education Council; a member of the boards for The Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, The Tennessee Williams Festival of St. Louis, Dance St. Louis and The Insight Theatre. He also founded the National Unified Auditions and Coordinates the College Audition Program for the International Thespian Festival.