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Peter Lawson Jones

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Peter Lawson Jones, 1st Team Actors Studio Acting Coach

Peter Lawson Jones, who can be seen in A Man Called Otto, with Tom Hanks, is a member of both Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Some of his film credits include White Boy Rick, Alex Cross, The Assassin’s Code, and Starve. His network television credits include ABC’s Detroit 1-8-7 and a guest starring role on NBC’s Chicago Fire.

Peter also has extensive experience in national commercials for Marathon Oil and Kia and on stages throughout Northeast Ohio. A playwright, his drama, The Bloodless Jungle, received two full productions at Ensemble Theatre (Cleveland Heights) and staged readings at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Convention Center, National Black Theatre Festival, Duquesne University and in Harlem. Land of Cleve, a regional arts and culture blog, ranked the play’s 2017 production among the best in Northeast Ohio that year.

His most recent work, The Phoenix Society, successfully premiered earlier this year at Playwrights Local in Cleveland, Ohio. The drama was commissioned by the Life Exchange Center, a nonprofit agency that assists those recovering from mental health and substance abuse challenges. His first play, The Family Line, has been produced at Karamu, Ohio University and Harvard University, where he received his bachelor’s and law degrees. Peter received the 2012 African-American Playwrights Exchange Artist of the Year award.

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A personal message from Peter

The number of ways a scene can be made compelling is limited only by the number of actors truly committed to serving the audience and story.