Peter Fenton

Playwright Librettist

Peter Glen Fenton (b. August 26, 1995) is a playwright and screenwriter with three stage plays and one screenplay in his growing body of work. Fenton began writing when he was in eighth grade in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, inspired by the middle school play he was part of to write his own at the encouragement of his director and teacher, Suzanne Fisher (a shared mentor of Broadway and film actor Jonathan Groff). After his first stage play premiered while he was in high school, Fenton studied interpersonal communication at Wheaton College in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated with a bachelor's degree. He formally launched his writing career while at Wheaton, co-writing the award-winning screenplay for Filling In (2017, dir. Bradley Hawkins) as a junior, and writing and directing his second stage play, The Thousand-Year Rose starring Disney Channel's Piper Curda in the world premiere, as a senior. In 2018, Fenton began a professional apprenticeship at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

 

Fenton draws joy and inspiration for his work from witty, imaginative media, including films from Disney and Pixar, video games from Nintendo, and various television series such as Arrested Development, Psych, and The Good Place. In addition to writing, Fenton has also worked as an international boarding school advisor, traveled Europe as a band videographer, and sang bass in the Wheaton College Men's Glee Club. Fenton is the youngest child of Jim and Beth Fenton of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and brother to sports information director Matthew Fenton and research chemist Dr. Julie Fenton. Fenton currently lives in Philadelphia and continues to write plays and screenplays.

Highlights

I began writing comedy when I was in middle school. I acted in one of the plays and I looked at my script and (rather arrogantly) said, "Mrs. Fisher, I can write better than this". She said, "Then go write a better play, Mr. Fenton". Just one year later, my first play premiered at Conestoga Valley Middle School, directed by Suzanne Fisher. My specialty is comedic dialogue and I love working in fairy tale and fantasy-inspired stories. You can get a pretty good idea of what my overall style is if I were to say my work is like Disney animated films if they were written by Mitch Hurwitz (Creator, Arrested Development) or Mike Schur (Creator, The Good Place).

 

My growing body of work currently contains three stage plays and one screenplay.

Stage Plays:

Knights of the Square Table - 2014, Comedy, Heuer Publishing (Titled Good Knight and Goodbye in 2010 World Premiere)

The Thousand-Year Rose - 2016, Comedy/Fantasy, Heuer Publishing

See Amid the Winter Snow - 2018, Comedy/Holiday, byPeterFenton.com

Screenplays:

Filling In - 2017, Comedy/Fantasy, Dadley Productions Short Film/Television Pilot