Peter J Adams

Peter J Adams is a Creative Director for theatre, television, radio and arts/marketing and Events.

He has devised and staged shows for major tours in Australia and New Zealand with iconic stars.

Last year Peter continued his association with Sir David Attenborough, devising and directing A Quest for Life, the fourth national tour of Australia and New Zealand.

For American Express and Lateral Events, he devised and directed Amex debut in Sydney’s Vivid Festival in 2017. Housed adjacent to Circular Quay at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Peter engaged artist Matthew Aberline to create a major art installation and projections with an original score for Laser Harp by composer Sean Peter.

Also for Amex/Lateral Events, Peter devised and staged iconic shoe designer, Professor Jimmy Choo telling his story, in his first visit to Australia.

Peter works continually with BBC Worldwide, launching Peter Capaldi’s Dr. Who to the Australian market and creating an Evening with Peter Capaldi. He also created and staged a celebration of Sherlock with a sold-out event with the creators of the iconic series. His work with BBC Worldwide covers  many co-ventures with commercial producers,.

Other notable projects include devising and directing national touring live shows for Dame Julie Andrews (Consultant Director), Louis Theroux, Professor Brian Cox (3 tours) Bill Bryson, Heston Blumenthal (2 tours), Neil Oliver, Michael Palin, Commander Chris Hadfield, Pele, Kevin McCloud, Steve Backshall (3 tours), Bear Grylls, and Stephen Sondheim.

Peter has created 2 national tours for the twin brother’s medical duo Dr. Chris and Dr. Xand van Tulleken’s Operation Ouch and the national tour of Dr. Michael Mosley.

This year he devised and directed a one man show, which toured nationally - Ross Kemp Extreme Tales Live.

Peter devised and directed the national tour of William Shatner in Kirk, Crane and Beyond.

He devised and directed, the national tour of a one person play, The Importance of Being Miriam, starring Miriam Margolyes.

With author David Goddard, he has devised and directed a new live radio theatre version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which has been work shopped at the Adelaide Festival Centre for touring in 2018.

He was Resident Director for The Producers with Reg Livermore and Tom Burlinson, The Sound of Music with Lisa McCune and John Waters and Crazy for You with Georgie Parker and Todd McKenney.

 Other credits as Resident and Associate Director include The Secret Garden with Anthony Warlow, Marina Prior and Phillip Quast.  He was Resident Director for Show Boat with Barry Otto, Nancye Hayes and Marina Prior. He was Assistant Director on the play Legends starring Hayley Mills and Juliet Mills.  He first worked with Hayley and Juliet on Noel Coward’s comedy Fallen Angels in Australia and New Zealand.

Last year Peter devised the staged concert Witches featuring the stars of the popular musical Wicked featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

He worked with Steve Backshall, creating three tours of Australia and Singapore of Steve’s Deadly 60 franchise.

Peter devised and staged Pele Live on stage, in Sydney and Melbourne and the stars of Tour De France in a live stage event hosted by Phil Liggett

For ACMN, Australia’s largest Arts specialist advertising agency, he was Creative Director and for the Nine and Ten Networks he worked with Mike Walsh and Bert Newton as Producer and Executive Producer.

Peter has worked extensively with John Frost; Associate Producer and later resident director for South Pacific with Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Lisa McCune and director on Grease and Anything Goes (Production Company).

Peter was engaged by La Trobe University and then Monash University to devise and present a training course for ‘Camera Skills’ aimed at Presenters and Producers for Ho Chi Minh Television, Vietnam. Twice a year for 5 years, Peter conducted the course in Ho Chi Minh City. One on one development of personality and individual traits/assets for on camera live hosting. This course covered, research, script development, interviewing and guidelines for on-camera presentation.

The course empowered the individual assets of each presenter as part of a  ‘house style’.

Similar courses were developed for commercial clients – AKAI Australia and IMB (Illawarra Mutual Building Society).

Peter is a recipient of a Golden Target Award (PRIA Australia). For the Best Wine Launch for the year and a finalist in recognition for Telstra Australia and an event launch of the mobileNet, mobile telephone network in Australia.

His documentary on the stage musical South Pacific, which aired on 3AW during Bruce Mansfield and Philip Brady’s Nightline, was a finalist in the Radio Industry Awards for Best Radio Documentary.