Peter Michael Marino is a New York City native whose work has been seen on five continents. He has worked extensively as a writer, director, producer, teacher and actor. Member AEA, SAG-AFTRA, The Dramatists Guild, and is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute. He is an adjunct professor in Sketch Comedy at Pace University Performing Arts and has also taught at William Paterson University. His production company PM2 Entertainment presents original, affordable comedy in NYC and the UK.

Pete’s newest show, Show Up, played to sold out houses at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe where it also received 5-star reviews. In addition to playing pop-up shows in NYC, the show also played in Buffalo, Toronto, Orlando, and Boston and heads to Pittsburgh in April 2018, and a return engagement in Edinburgh along with the family version, “Show Up, Kids!” this August.

His production company PM2 Entertainment co-produced the critically acclaimed 2015 Edinburgh Fringe and NYC productions of Gary Busey’s One-Man Hamlet as Performed by David Carl; and produced Moby Alpha and David Mills in NYC in 2016. He co-produced the NYC debut of the immersive international hit Joe’s NYC Bar at Ryan’s Daughter with Civil Disobedience Productions. Additional producing projects include “The Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest” in October 2017 and February 2018, and the politically-charged “trumpCON” festival at The Kraine Theater in December 2017.

Pete is the creator of SOLOCOM which has premiered over 500 new solo comedies to capacity houses at The PIT from 2013-2016. He is also the recipient of both the 2010 & 2011 Backstage Readers Choice Award for Favorite NYC Comedy Teacher for his ongoing Flying Solo classes at the PIT. Pete also teaches his acclaimed Comedy Essentials, Instant Improv, and Flying Solo workshops at The Actors Centre in London. Other teaching credits include Buffalo State College, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Theater for a New Audience, Theatresports New York, and the Roundabout Theater.

Pete is the librettist of the West End musical Desperately Seeking Susan, based on the film of the same name and featuring the songs of Blondie. The show played at London’s Novello Theatre in 2007, and was presented by Tokyo’s legendary Toho Company at the Theatre Creation in 2009. CLICK for reviews

In 2012, Pete began performing his solo comedy based on his experience, Desperately Seeking the Exit in NYC, Hollywood, Long Lake, and Manchester UK. It received 5-star reviews at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe where it was named one of the “Top 5 Fringe Shows” by The Stage. This solo comedy transferred to the Leicester Square Theatre in London for a four-week run 2013 after stops in Brighton, Ft. Myers, Florida and Adelaide, Australia - where it was named Best Comedy by The Advertiser. The show had a sold out run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe and was named Top 5 Solo Shows by Fringe Review and garnered more 4-star reviews. In 2014, the show played NYC and Orlando, with the final performances in Philadelphia in fall 2014. He’s also performed EXIT’s multimedia “buddy show” Desperately Screening Susan - a show & tell about the adaptation process, featuring film & show clips and other surprises.  Pete also finished a run of his talk-show-solo-show spoof Late with Lance! at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it received 5-star reviews, followed by a sold out engagement at Arts Theatre West End.

Pete hosted the monthly NYC variety show COJONES at The PIT for a year, where performers do something on stage they’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the balls. And he created SWAP, where performers perform other performers‘ material. Pete recently directed Amy Marcs‘ Nice T*ts, which had a sold-out run at The PIT and returns in Spring 2016. Pete also directed Mark Demayo’s smash hit cop comedy 20 & OUT at The PIT and the acclaimed NY Fringe production in 2015. Additional credits include Lori Hammel’s Margo Rose Live! at The PIT, Amy Albert’s Delilah Dix: America’s Showgirl at Ars Nova, and Mark Giordano’s critically acclaimed Mad Man at the PIT, which was extended 3 times. Peter also directed and developed Alicia Levy’s sold-out concert extravaganza Chickapalooza at Ars Nova in 2010, and the PIT in 2011. He directed Amy Albert’s Delilah Dix: Showin’ My Business at The Laurie Beechman Theatre and Ars Nova, as well as Delilah Dix and Her Bag of Tricks at Don’t Tell Mama, Second City in LA, and the 4-star reviewed production at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

In ’09, Pete directed two Buffalo premiers: A Christmas Twist at the Alt Theatre, and the improvised Character Witness at Buffalo State, SUNY. Additional NYC directing/development credits include Elizabeth Whitney’s Wonder Woman! A Cabaret of Heroic Proportions! at TADA, Adelaide Mestre’s Top Drawer at the International Midtown Fringe, Alicia Levy’s I’m SO There and Red Carpet Ride at The PIT, and twenty-five videos for Lori Hammel’s Margo Rose Ferderer news reporter spoofs.

With Sheila Head he co-wrote Hollywood Nurses, an homage to the lesbian pulp novels of the 1950s, which enjoyed a sold-out run at Chashama on 42nd Street, and a well-received reading, helmed by Carl Andress, at the Abingdon Theater in October ’10. Peter directed and developed Ms. Head's motivational speaker spoof, Head Games at Ars Nova and The PIT in New York City, and IO West in Los Angeles. Together, they created the improvised cult show Character Witness, which ran for two years and led to the development of over fifty original characters and its cable TV spin-off, The Uncle Charlie Show, which enjoyed a national following.

As an actor, Pete has appeared in dozens of Off-Broadway, cabaret and regional productions and workshops. He provided the comic relief for over four years in the Off-Broadway smash STOMP. On film, he portrayed John Dean in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. Television appearances include Late Show with David Letterman, Cyberchase, Guiding Light, All My Children, and As the World Turns. His voice has been heard on hundreds of television and radio commercials for very important beverages, banks, bands and perfumes. He currently hosts and produces the monthly variety show COJONES.

Pete wrote and performed the title role in the critically acclaimed New York City cabaret-spoof hit Lance Jonathan: All About Me! (MAC Award Nominee). The sequel, Lance Jonathan: More About Me! was met with critical acclaim and received the 1999 Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Achievement, as well as MAC award nominations for Original Musical Comedy and Original Song.

Other directing credits include the New York City premieres of Chicago’s Illegitimate Players’ A Christmas Twist and Burton Cohen’s Jackie Lantern’s Halloween Revenge, both at The Village Theatre; Susannah Nolan’s award-winning production of Don’t Pick Up at the American Globe Theatre, as well as the Western New York premiere of Extremities.  He has also developed plays and staged readings of a dozen new works at The Writer’s Theater with Tom Fontana (of "St. Elsewhere," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Oz"). Additional directing, development and producing credits include premieres at New York City venues UCB Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, New World Stages, The Duplex, and The Cubiculo. Peter was also a segment producer, sound editor and writer for the live radio show NY Central.

Pete is currently performing his a new improvised solo, anti-social comedy experiment Show Up and developing an immersive Punk/New Wave jukebox musical and a play about the three major NYC blackouts. Stay tuned.

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