Professional Information

Peter is head of acting & directing for Southern Utah University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. He is most recently known for his work as bookwriter/lyricist on Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (Brad Carroll, composer), which celebrated a successful run at the Gielgud Theatre on London’s West End and is negotiating plans to open on Broadway. He is currently working on a musical revue, Blue Collar Op’ra (w/ Mr. Carroll) for Branson, MI, an opera libretto and a couple of plays. He is the author of the musicals Toyland, It’s a Dog’s Life: Man’s Best Musical and Waxworks, and the plays Moby Dick, a classical adaptation of Herman Melville’s American novel, Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane (written with William Peter Blatty – The Exorcist), and A Christmas Carol On The Air (also written with Brad Carroll). A veteran regional actor for over 30 years, he was a principal member of the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival for eleven seasons, and has performed at such places as the Asolo Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Eastside Playhouse, Perry Street Theatre, Artpark and Yale Cabaret. Notable roles include, Salieri in Amadeus, Benjamin Franklin in 1776, Henry Brock in Born Yesterday, King Henry in Henry IV Part One, Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune and Sancho in Man of LaMancha, starring Robert Peterson. Most recently he was seen as Max Prince in Laughter on the 23rd Floor for the Neil Simon Festival. As an educator, he has served as visiting assistant professor of theatre at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and adjunct professor of acting/guest director at Elon University in North Carolina. Peter has directed numerous productions throughout the Eastern United States and Utah and has served as artistic director of the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, Pennsylvania and Bristol Valley Playhouse in Naples, New York, among others. He holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Delaware’s nationally acclaimed Professional Theatre Training Program. He is the 2013 recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Excellence in Education Award, SUU’s 2013 Scholar of the Year Award winner, 2012 winner of SUU’s Board of Trustees Award for Excellence and SUU’s 2012 Thunderbird Award winner for “Professor of the Year.” Peter is married to SUU movement instructor/choreographer, Kirsten Sham, and blessed with two remarkable children, Olivia and Orlando.

Professor Peter Sham Picture Strip
From top left, clockwise: Ben Franklin in 1776, Salieri in Amadeus, Merlin in Camelot, Rosehips in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Duke Frederick in As You Like It, Pellinore in Camelot, Chick in A Christmas Carol: On The Air, Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Brock in Born Yesterday, Charlie in On Golden Pond, Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Porthos in The Three Musketeers, Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Charlemagne in Pippin, Poohbah in The Mikado, Henry IV in Henry IV Part One, Homenides in A Flea in Her Ear, Lavatch in All’s Well That Ends Well, and Doolittle in My Fair Lady.