Peter Wise is a 25 year entertainment industry veteran. After a successful career in acting, Wise decided to combine his eye for talent and experience to become a casting director. In 1990, he launched Peter Wise and Associates which soon became one of the most successful independently owned casting agencies with Wise becoming the most sought after casting director on both the East and West coasts. His extensive list of casting credits for film, television and theater have garnered several awards and accolades from peers.
Wise was responsible for comprising the cast of “Smoky Joe’s Café” which was nominated for seven Tony Awards and received a Grammy for “Best Musical Show Album.” Wise’s cast selections received rave reviews for their performances that contributed greatly to the production becoming the longest musical revue on Broadway to date. As the casting director of record for the national tour of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” he cast Ted Neely, Carl Anderson, Irene Cara and Dennis DeYoung.
In his most recent theatrical production, Wise served dual roles as both casting director and producer for the pre-Broadway workshop of “Car Wash, The Musical: A Norman Whitfield Story.” Prior to that, he received a personal invitation from director Debbie Allen to cast her adaptation of Tennessee Williams’, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” His cast of notable award nominated actors included James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terence Howard, Anika Noni Rose and Giancarlo Esposito. Wise is often called upon to lend his expertise as a casting consultant for several critically acclaimed Off Broadway productions, such as “Cheaters, Friends and Lovers, Men Money and Goldiggers.” His regional theater work includes “Ain’t MisBehavin,” “Bigger Than Bubble Gum,” “The Emotion’s Story,” “Sisterella,” “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” and “Evita.”
Recently, Wise expanded his impressive cache of casting accomplishments to include producing for film and television. His television production credits include, “One Love” starring Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mark Curry, Chico Benymon, Carl A Payne, Drew Sidora, Sara E Fletcher and Sherman Hemsley, which became the highest ranking show for the network. Additional television credits include, “Life is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story,” directed by Debbie Allen, for Lifetime Television; “Unpredictable” a television variety special starring Jamie Foxx, for NBC. Additionally Wise has produced several independent films such as “Pastor Shirley,” King James Diner,” “Act Like You Love Me,” “In Mysterious Ways,” working under his Peter Wise and Associates umbrella he casted “Kevin Hart’s, “Let Me Explain,” “Soul Ties,” “Christmas In Compton” and “Somebody’s Child.”
Wise was recently recognized by for his outstanding achievements in the entertainment industry with the prestigious NAACP Theatre Spirit Award, Trumpet Award and a Grammy, for the Best Broadway Musical. Last year he launched Peter Wise Actor’s Studio non-profit in North Hollywood, California which he plans to franchise. For more information about the studio please visit, www.PWAStudio.com.