Peter Coyote has a B.A. in English Literature from Grinnell College and a M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. After a short apprenticeship at the San Francisco Actor’s Workshop, he joined the San Francisco Mime Troupe where he directed the first cross-country tour of “The Minstrel Show, Civil Rights in a Cracker Barrel.” He later co-wrote, directed and performed in the play, “Olive Pits,” which won a Special OBIE from New York’s Village Voice newspaper.
In the early 1980s, Peter began doing voice-overs, now numbering over 120 films. He won an Emmy in 1992 for his narration of the “The Meiji Revolution” episode, part of the PBS American Experience ten-part series, “The Pacific Century.” Most noted for his narration of many Ken Burns documentaries, he continues to lend his rich voice to narrations for commercials and documentaries and often donates his voice to films that support issues close to his heart. Peter wrote a memoir called Sleeping Where I Fall. One of the stories was awarded the 1993-1994 Pushcart Prize, a national prize for excellence in writing.