Peter Filichia’s God Shows Up ran off-Broadway for six months in 2019. Our Dead Classmate was produced by the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano in 2018. Adam’s Gifts, a finalist for a Terrence McNally Award in 2016. The Whole World was seen at The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska in 2019. Games, a one-act play about bullying, has had high school productions in all 50 states and six foreign countries. Old Comiskey Park was a winner of the 2021 Fountain Theatre of Madison, WI monologue contest. Restore, Me Please was a winner of the 2021 Pirandello Prize contest.
He has performed his one-person show A Personal History of the American Theater in points north (New York), south (Miami), east (Boston), Midwest (St. Louis) and west (Vail).
Filichia’s next book, Brainteasers for Broadway Geniuses, will be published on Sept. 1. It joins Filichia’s other books on the theater: The Biggest Hit – and Flop — of the Season, Broadway Musicals’ Most Valuable Players, Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks: The Musicals That Lost the Tonys, The Great Parade: The 1963-64 Season, The Book of Broadway Musical Disputes, Debates and Disagreements, and three editions of Let’s Put on a Musical.
He served nearly two decades as a theater critic for a daily newspaper (The Star-Ledger) as well as a columnist for magazines (TheaterWeek; Encore Monthly), and the Internet (Playbill and Theatermania).
He was president of the Drama Desk Awards (1992-1996) and now serves on its current nominating committee, as well as on the nominating committees for The Chita Rivera Awards and The Theatre World Awards, for which he is chairperson and whose ceremony he annually writes and emcees.
In 2009, he was chosen to be an assessor for the National Endowment for the Arts. From 1995 to 2020, he was critic-in-residence for the University of Cincinnati-Conservatory of Music. Since 1994, he has been the musical theater assessor for ASCAP’s annual awards.