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   Peter D. Kramer is an award-winning New York-based theater reporter. In 2005 — after 19 years as an editor and designer — he turned to reporting, combining two lifelong loves: theater and writing.

    Recognizing a valuable news niche that had been unfilled by any New York newspaper, he created a local-theater beat at The Journal News in White Plains, New York, committing to covering theater the way most papers cover sports: from high schools to Broadway.

   Seeing the power of video to attract and inform news consumers, in 2007 Pete launched his “Building Character” video series, interviewing hundreds of students about how they find their parts in a line or a lyric. The following year, he kicked off a second series, “16 Bars,” in which students talk about a particular song and its place and importance in the musical. He continues to reinvent and refine the series: This year, it was “Running Lines,” asking students to discuss — and deliver — their favorite lines.

    But Pete has expanded his brand beyond high school. He spotlights and reviews professional productions on his “In the Wings” blog, a clearinghouse for local auditions, features, profiles and commentary.

    People have taken notice: In 2009, the Port Chester Council for the Arts on its second annual National Arts in the Schools Day.

    He writes features, reviews and profiles and regularly writes about Broadway and its intersection with the northern suburbs.

    His two decades in journalism have led him to this place. After a dozen years as a page designer and copy editor, writing award-winning headlines and layering as much detail as possible into features packages. In 2001, as entertainment editor for The Journal News, he co-created (with the extraordinary designer Joanne Sosangelis) two successful magazines — The Line and In the City — that captured the buzz of NYC’s northern suburbs in weekly and quarterly form. He brings an editor’s eye to his reporting and a designer’s sense of the possible to the task at hand.

    In 2007, he co-edited “The Road Taken: A Memoir — One VW Bus, One Widow, Nine Kids” (Trafford, 2007), his mother’s chronicle of the death of her young husband and her family’s trip through Europe in the summer of 1968.
    Pete lives in Westwood, New Jersey, 45 minutes from Midtown, with his wife, Carla, and their children: Bridget, Claire, Joseph and Jack.