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Stephen Peithman

Connections Host

Stephen hosted the weekly radio program, "Musical Stages," on KXPR from 1984-2008, and is author of The Annotated Tales of Edgar Allan Poe (Doubleday) and a series of seven theater books for Heinemann Books. He was founding editor of Stage Directions magazine and currently is a contributing writer. He has served on the board and as Vice President for Public Relations of the American Association of Community Theatre. He has taught research writing and American musical theatre for California State University, Sacramento; literature and writing at UC Davis; and literature and media studies at American River College.

Stephen has led seminars in theater and literature for Elderhostel, and provided pre-performance lectures for the Mondavi Center for the Arts at UC Davis. For 20+ years, he produced and hosted a fundraising concert for Citizens Who Care, a Yolo County organization providing respite services those who care for the frail elderly.

He is a member of the American Association of Community Theatre and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

He holds a B.A. from Humboldt State University, a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in American Literature from UC Davis. He also did graduate work at the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

A lifelong theater buff, he has played leading roles in many productions. He is co-author of The Pirates of Casablanca and A Streetcar Named Mikado, the latter winning the award for 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, Principal Editor for UC Davis, and as Public Information Officer for American River College.


  • Connections

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

    Stories by Stephen Peithman

  • Musical Stages: Title Tunes

    January 20, 2015

    Connections host Stephen Peithman shares the titles songs from shows and the stories behind them on this edition of Musical Stages.

  • Musical Stages: She Loves Me

    December 9, 2014

    Romance blossoms at Christmas in this cult classic.

  • Musical Stages: Fiddler on the Roof Celebrates 50 Years Of Tradition

    November 11, 2014

    Wonder of wonders, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof! It’s been five decades since the award-winning musical first premiered on Broadway in the fall of 1964.

  • Public Domain

    America’s Five National Anthems

    July 4, 2014

    The surprising stories—and controversies--behind America’s five most popular patriotic songs, from “America” to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” to “This Land Is Your Land.”