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CalArts Alumni Magazine

Peter Duschenes (Theater MFA 88)

Peter Duschenes (Theater MFA 88) reports: “Three decades ago, this past January, a 40-foot monster interrupted a concert given by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and threatened to destroy music forever. In a battle involving puppets, masks, actors, and 60 musicians, the monster and the audience ‘duked’ it out to see which would triumph: noise or music. That was the beginnings of Platypus Theatre. Since that time, we’ve performed with more than 75 orchestras in seven countries on three continents, including, most recently, the Singapore Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic. On a personal note, I live in Ottawa, Canada, with my wife Sarah who works for the federal government, and we have two children, Magda and Theo. Magda is finishing her first year at the University of Waterloo studying Public Health, and Theo is in grade 11 at our local public high school and spends a lot of time playing and thinking about baseball. Ottawa is a long way from CalArts, but the school still holds a special place in my heart.”