Professor of Theatre, Associate Provost
- Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Ph.D., 1995
- Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, M.A., 1988
- Concordia College, River Forest, IL, B.A., 1984
- Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1985-86, 1987-88
- Visiting Instructor, Concordia College, River Forest, IL, 1987
- Research Assistant, Northwestern University, 1988-90
- Concordia University since 1992
Peter Senkbeil has been at Concordia since 1992. He is currently Concordia's Associate Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and he serves in the Theatre Department with the rank of full professor.
In 1995, he completed a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University; his doctoral dissertation focused on professional theatres run by Christians and their strategies for integrating faith and art. He has done follow-up research in this area and is currently working on a book on Christianity and theatre.
At Concordia, Peter teaches theatre history and literature and directs main stage plays. He has served as producer of the Theatre Department's season of plays, and as the artistic director of ACTS, a theatre ministry troupe with six four-person teams that tour regionally to schools and churches. His directing credits at Concordia and elsewhere include the award-winning Cabaret, Romeo and Juliet, St. John's Gospel, You Still Can't, Pippin, A Doll's House, She Loves Me, An Inspector Calls, Twelfth Night, A Woman Called Truth, Cotton Patch Gospel, Edith Stein, 'night, Mother, Whose Life is it Anyway?, Traveler in the Dark, Much Ado About Nothing, Paper Wings, and The Cherry Orchard. While a graduate student at Northwestern, Peter adapted and directed The War Within, a full-length compilation play of German expressionist literature, presented as part of an academic conference and funded by a grant from the Goethe-Institute of Chicago. As an actor, Peter has appeared in productions of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Talley's Folly, Woyzeck, Getting Out, The Mikado, Ring Round the Moon, The Merchant of Venice, Pippin, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Camelot and many others.
Peter is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and he has served as a circuit coordinator and play adjudicator for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Peter is also a charter member of Christians in Theatre Arts, an international arts networking organization with more than 900 members; he served as assistant editor (1989-91) and editor (1991-94) of CITA's publication Christian Drama (later Christianity and Theatre). Peter served as CITA's first vice-president (1990-94) and the first chair of its Board of Directors (1994-97); he has also served as a board member (1997-2000 and 2002-present).
He has led workshops and given papers at CITA regional and national events; he has presented papers at ATHE conferences; and he has led workshops at churches and theatres in various parts of the U.S. Before coming to Concordia, Peter worked for two years as the artistic director of Trinity House Theatre, a community theatre run by Christians in Livonia, Michigan.
Peter, his wife Kathryn, and their sons Lucas and Evan reside in Orange, California, where they are members of St. John's Lutheran Church.