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Peter Pacey Biography

PETER PACEY began his career as a teacher at Fredericton High School where he pioneered Canadian Literature. Later, he taught at the University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University, specializing in Education, English and Canadian Studies. He received his formal actor training at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, and has appeared professionally at the National Arts Centre, Theatre New Brunswick and Neptune Theatre.

Inspired by the Canadian collective creation theatre movement of the 1970's, Pacey left the conventional professional theatre and founded the Calithumpians Theatre Company in 1979 to address socio-cultural issues through this versatile medium. Three decades later, the Calithumpians is a multi-faceted company that has produced over 100 Fredericton Outdoor Summer Theatre (FrOST) productions in Officers' Square – a mainstay of New Brunswick tourism. Other branches of the company include drama camps for children, Group Services, and Consulting.

In recent years, Pacey has devoted himself to the field of Interpretation and Museum Theatre. He is presently on the board of Interpretation Canada (IC) and writes a regular column in IC's national magazine, InterpScan. He was a presenter at the 2007 National Association for Interpretation international conference in Vancouver, and the Association for Living History, Farms and Agricultural Museums international conference in Ottawa in 2008. In 2011, he trained the site staff at Nova Scotia's Highland Village in first person interpretation techniques. He is also working with the board of the St. John River Society on major projects around the bicentennial of the War of 1812.