The Kennedy Center

Peter Cook


Peter S. Cook is an internationally renowned Deaf performing artist whose works incorporate American Sign Language, pantomime, storytelling, acting, and movement. Mr. Cook has traveled extensively around the country and abroad as a part of Flying Words Project. He has appeared in Live from Off Center's Words on Mouth (PBS) and United States of Poetry (PBS) produced by Emmy winner Bob Holman. In 1998, Mr. Cook set up a video production company called PC Production which is now based in Chicago.

Mr. Cook has been featured nationally in festivals such as the Jonesboro National Storytelling Festival, Oklahoma City Winter Tales, Illinois Storytelling Festival, Indiana Hoosier Storytelling Festival, Eugene, Oregon Multi-Cultural Festival, and Deaf Way II, as well as on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cook was invited to the White House to join the National Book Festival in 2003. Internationally, Mr. Cook has worked with Deaf storytellers and poets in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Japan.

Mr. Cook lives in Chicago and teaches in the ASL-English Interpretation Department at Columbia College, where he received the 1997 Excellence in Teaching award. He loves to tell stories to his son.

Watch Past Performances

Video 12/3/2011: Peter Cook, Mario Hernandez, and Monique Holt

Join the storytellers for a family friendly evening of stories told in American Sign Language in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Peter Cook