Peter Askin is the founder of Reno Productions and the Westside Theatre. During his tenure on the stage, Peter developed, produced and directed the OBIE Award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring John Cameron Mitchell, as well as John Leguizamo's Mambo Mouth and Spic-O-Rama; the latter aired on HBO and earned him the CableACE Award for Best Direction of a Comedy Special. Peter's Broadway credits include Eve Ensler's The Good Body and Lequizamo's Sexaholix. Off-Broadway he has directed Paul Weitz's Privilege and Show People, Pulitzer Prize-nominee Dael Orlandersmith's Monster, and Beauty's Daughter and Trumbo, which featured a rotating cast including Academy Award winners Paul Newman, Chris Cooper and Tim Robbins. He is currently developing a new theatrical piece with Tony Award winner Steven Sater.
Most recently Peter directed the feature film Certainty, written by Emmy-nominee Mike O'Malley and starring Adelaide Clemens, Bobby Moynihan and Tammy Blanchard, and Trumbo, the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award-winning documentary about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, starring Joan Allen, Michael Douglas and Liam Neeson. He has also co-wrote and co-directed the feature film Company Man, starring Sigourney Weaver, John Tuturro and Woody Allen, for Paramount Classics, and co-wrote Smithereens, which was nominated for Cannes' Palme d'Or.
Peter was the Executive Producer for the official 2011 Tribeca Film Festival selection The Bleeding House, written and directed by graphic novelist Philip Gelatt, and co-produced the documentary Boys of Summer. Both films have been released through Tribeca Film.