Peter Anthony Fields was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. As a child and throughout his teen years, Fields had a passion for storytelling and loved reading mystery/suspense novels, going to the cinema, and experiencing live theatre. There were two important moments in Fields’ childhood that led him down the path to where he is now, as a playwright. Those two moments were: seeing E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and Poltergeist when the two films were first released in 1982, and then, writing a short story about a haunted house for a class assignment that was read aloud by his teacher. Fields remembers that his seventh grade classmates were absolutely riveted to every word. “I’ll never forget the feeling… the absolute joy… of hearing and seeing my classmates react with shock, surprise, and laughter, and just being creeped-out by my story. At the end, they all applauded and cheered. They really liked it. And that was huge for me, because I had always felt like an odd-ball, an outsider—and to have my classmates show that much appreciation and acceptance was tremendously important to me and it made me realize that I was good at something. That I could create something that could captivate an audience in the same way those two films captivated me and everyone in the cinema when I saw them in ‘82.”
As a young man in his twenties, Fields made several independent films during the early and mid-1990s. In the late 90s, he stepped away from filmmaking and focused his attention on improving his skills as a storyteller, specifically as a writer. With his brother, Cornelius, mother, Evonne, and a small group of friends, Fields wrote and performed in dozens of radio plays which were aired on WJCU radio (John Carroll University).
In 2003, he stepped back behind the camera as a director, editor and co-writer, and from 2003 to 2015, Fields shepherded fourteen short and feature-length, independent films. He has won numerous awards for his film work, including a Telly® Award and a Communicator® Award.
His work as a filmmaker came to an end when he was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease in 2015. “I knew something was changing in me a few years before, which was making it harder for me to work as a producer, director and editor, and handle all of the physical and cognitive stress that that kind of work brings, but I thought it was just age.”
Faced with this life challenge, Fields knew that he absolutely had to keep telling stories. So, he decided to turn his attention and skills to his other artistic passion—live theatre. He was determined that he would learn the language of the stage and become a playwright, which he says is, “much easier on me—physically and cognitively. I can continue to tell stories and not have the stress that came with being a filmmaker.”
To date, Fields has written ten stage plays which have been read or performed at venues in Ohio, U.S.A., Texas, U.S.A., Wisconsin, U.S.A., and London, U.K. His play, About Michael, was awarded the second place Audience Appreciation Award at the Sky Blue Theatre Company’s British Theatre Challenge: Act II. About Michael and another of his one-act scripts entitled, Monster, are both published and licensed by Lazy Bee Scripts. Additionally, in 2018, Fields achieved another long time goal and published his first novel for middle school readers, entitled, A Faraway Place. He most recently has written two monologues, Leaving Home, and Another Kind of Cancer, and a short play entitled You People. Due to COVID-19, all three productions were presented online. The latter two productions are presented by Equality Productions in Cincinnati.
Fields has a BA in Theatre Studies: Theatre and Society, from Kent State University, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.