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Stephen Peithman

Connections Host

Stephen has hosted the weekly radio program, "Connections" since 2009, but his connection with Capital Public Radio began with "Musical Stages" from 1984-2008, reflecting his other love--musical theatre and the Great American Songbook.

He was founding editor of Stage Directions, the national theater magazine, and has served on the board and as an officer of the American Association of Community Theatre

He has provided pre-performance talks for the Mondavi Center for the Arts at UC Davis, and for two decades produced and hosted fundraising concerts for Citizens Who Care, a Yolo County nonprofit providing respite services those who care for the frail elderly. He has acted and directed for many local area theaters, and is co-author of  two musicals--one awarded Best Original Script from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA).

He served as Staff Editor for Sunset Magazine, Managing Editor of San Francisco Magazine, and as an adjunct faculty member for Sacramento State, UC Davis, and American River College.

He is author of The Annotated Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (Doubleday), and a series of theater books, published by Heinemann. 

Stephen received his B.A. from Humboldt State University, and after a year at the University of Aix-Marseilles, attended Northwestern University, where he earned a master's degree in journalism.  He later returned to school, receiving a Ph. D. in American literature from UC Davis.

He is a member of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.


  • Connections

    Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern