By Jillian Yanish '13
Peter Rothstein's words of advice: "Do what you love. Your life will be ultimately richer because you live your passion." Not only is this his advice, but his life motto.
Rothstein '88 works as a theater writer and has created All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and is currently working on a new show with fellow alumnus Dan Chouinard entitled Steerage Song. Although Rothstein's current job is in theater, he is still heavily involved in music.
"My work in the theater always includes music, even when I'm not directing a musical or opera. It is without question the most important element of my aesthetic," Rothstein said.
His passion for music grew at CSB/SJU, where he doubled majored in Music: Vocal Performances and Theatre Arts. Rothstein also sang with Dr. Axel Theimer's Men's Chorus and Chamber Choir. Through his experience, he learned about the power of ensemble and the beauty of working in collaboration.
Rothstein has a long list of musical and theatrical achievements and experience, including an internship in arts administration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., Master of Fine Arts degree in Theater Direction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, founding artistic director of Theater Latté Da, theater, musical theater and opera freelance career director for companies such as the Guthrie Theater, Children's Theatre Company and the Minnesota Opera.
Rothstein credits his success to the liberal arts education he obtained from CSB/SJU.
"I am a firm believer in a liberal arts education, Rothstein said. "My work as a director draws as heavily upon my knowledge of religion, psychology, history, philosophy, science and English as it does upon my knowledge of theater. I received an integrated learning from CSB/SJU that has been invaluable. Those institutions also had a profound impact about what it means to be a citizen of this planet, what it means to be a part of a community, and what it means to be a voice of change."
Rothstein misses many memories at CSB/SJU. Autumn walks through the woods and cemetery, meals at the refectory, freshman choir tour through Europe and theater productions are to name a few.