Program Faculty

Peter Flaherty

Peter Flaherty

Peter Flaherty is a director and interactive artist whose work has shown in over a hundred international venues, including theaters, galleries, and museums. He conceived and directed The Dial, an interactive narrative combining augmented reality & projection mapping, which premiered at Sundance 2019. He created and directed The Surrogate, a groundbreaking Virtual Reality narrative that melds 360 video with a computer-generated explorable environment, which was a SXSW Interactive Innovation Award Finalist in 2016. He is currently completing Empire At Sea, a Solarpunk AR drama about climate scientists who colonize an oil rig after an environmental catastrophe, which will premiere in 2022. He created a massive, 5-hour video projection for Parsifal, which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2013, and returned to the Met in March 2020 with an interactive version of The Flying Dutchman with live motion-captured virtual characters. He is currently creating a new production of Lohengrin, which will premiere at the Bolshoi in Moscow in 2022 and at the Met in 2023. On Broadway, he created the Video and Projection Design for Roundabout Theatre’s Sondheim on Sondheim, which was later adapted for HBO's documentary film, Six by Sondheim. His large-scale video installation, Pass Back a Revolver, premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. He has designed video projections and interactive art for installations, performances, and concerts that have toured the world with The Builders Association, Complicite, Big Dance Theater, Basil Twist, and many others. His video art has been shown at such venues as the MIT Media Lab and the home of Agnes Gund (President Emerita of MOMA). He has received grants from the Rockefeller MAP Fund, The New York State Council on the Arts, Doris Duke Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation, among others. He is a Professor and Head of the Interactive Media for Performance MFA Program at CalArts.