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Peter Hedges

Novelist, Playwright, and Filmmaker

Peter Hedges

As a novelist, Peter has written: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, An Ocean in Iowa and The Heights, which have been published in 15 languages. His first novel, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, which he adapted for the screen, starred Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for an Academy Award.

Peter was co-writer for the screenplay adaptation of Jane Hamilton’s A Map of the World, and for his work on Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

He made his feature film directorial debut with Pieces of April. The acclaimed film garnered numerous awards and Peter was named by Variety as one of “10 Directors to Watch”. In 2007, he directed and co-wrote Dan in Real Life starring Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche.

A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Peter founded the Edge Theatre in 1985 along with Mary-Louise Parker and Joe Mantello. Over a three-year period, he wrote and directed 12 works for the company. His most recent plays include Baby Anger (Playwrights Horizons), Good as New (Manhattan Class Company), and Imagining Brad (Circle Rep), all of which have been published by Dramatists Play Service.

Recent projects include The Odd Life of Timothy Green for Walt Disney Pictures which Peter wrote and directed.

Peter has taught at Yale University, Bennington College, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has served as a Creative Advisor to the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony.

Peter grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Susan Bruce, two children, Simon and Lucas, and their dogs, Willy and Sadie-Goat.

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