Stage Players: Amy Peter
Amy Peter is a Wisconsin native who worked around the country as a prop master before returning to the Midwest to pursue her craft at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, then landing a full-time gig at DePaul University, where she supports up to 30 productions a year.
- I don't sit still very well at all.
Even if I'm sitting at home
I am probably also doing something with my hands.
My name is Amy Peter and I am a prop master
at The Theatre School at DePaul University.
I do have a mug that says "If it poops it's not a prop"
because generally speaking, that is my rule.
Doing props is sort of like temporary interior design.
It lasts for six weeks and then it goes away.
I read every single play a couple times.
Do we know why this character's in a wheelchair?
Why do they have this piece of luggage?
A small choice can really affect how people
believe a character.
There's going to be a prop table backstage
that has a labeled spot for everything that makes it
on and off stage.
I get to have a stock that says floppy frogs
and also, like, dead lamb.
There's lists and forms for just about everything.
It keeps the chaos in check.
One day I might be welding,
the next day I'm gonna be sewing,
then I'm gonna be out shopping,
all of the random things that I like to do
fall into this one world. (dramatic music)
I often say play (chuckles) instead of work.
For me it feels more like that often.