Who I Am
This is me, circa November 2013. Taken at a gathering of online forum friends.
The Anagrams of Eric PetersonEric Peterson
anagrams to many phrases, including:
Why Wumpus? Just a nickname I started calling him online when we first met. I call him Mr. Man online now, and other things in private.
During grad school, I discovered how easy it was to earn money knowing just a little bit about computers. I did word-processing and other computer stuff for a Baltimore law firm part-time. Once in Philadelphia, I started doing tech support and eventually training. I managed to weed out the tech support (hurrah!) and segue into technical writing. Now I'm a Senior Business Analyst. I've been in the same job for over a decade: most people I work with are in other cities, so I am a "remote worker" and have the delightful setup of having an office and being able to work from home whenever I want.
Although I never attempted to go pro after grad school, I've always been performing in one way or another. Acting, musical-directing, band directing, opera chorus, chamber music, a whole bunch of stuff. I spent my first few years in NYC playing horn with a woodwind quintet, and performing on and off with the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps band, the sister band to the one I conducted in Philadelphia. In '98, very suddenly, I became the BAC's artistic director and spent seven seasons with them, conducting over twenty concerts and leading the band in its Carnegie Hall debut. Band took up all my time until I stepped down on Maestro Eric Peterson Day. Since then, I've played with the band as much as I can, and ran a chamber music conference for them when they hosted the 2008 LGBA conference.
Since retiring from the band, I've returned to the theater, hurrah. I joined St. Bart's Players
for their 2006 A Little Night Music
and become a Blue Hill Trouper
. The BHT has given me some fabulous opportunities, including my first Yeomen
, and music-directing Mame
and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Although I love doing theater in general, and the Wumpus and I see Broadway shows frequently, I have a particular interest in Gilbert and Sullivan. My membership in Savoynet
has given me many opportunities to participate in gatherings of other G&S fans and to sing many roles in concert. The summer of 2003, I had the amazing experience of performing the role of Phantis in Savoynet's production of Utopia, Ltd.
at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival
in Buxton, England. I've been back to the festival three times since: as a chorister in the 2006 Ruddygor
e, rehearsal pianist for the 2007 HMS Pinafore
, and assistant music director/Herald for The Grand Duke
Online, I tend to hang out at online forums such as World Crossing. I have also joined the blogging multitudes by keeping a LiveJournal. I'm on Facebook too.
Explore The Toast Point Page!, Eric's virtual world.