John Peck, core faculty member and chair of the vocal production department of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, died of heart failure May 8 while on vacation in New York. He was 74.
For the past 30 years, Peck taught and directed musicals at AADA where he earned the admiration of many students and colleagues. His professional credits included Broadway productions of 1776; Words and Music; Promises, Promises; and The Rothschilds, as well as off-Broadway, regional theatre, and summer stock productions.
He also performed for a numbers of opera companies, including the Manhattan Opera Theatre, the Detroit Opera Theatre, and the St. Louis August Opera.
A resident of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Peck was born in Rochester, NY, and received his Bachelors of Music from the Eastman School of Music in 1958, after which he received a Fulbright scholarship to study in Stuttgart, Germany.
A memorial service will be held for John Peck July 29 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. A reception will immediately follow. To RSVP call (323) 464-2777 ext. 127 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations may be made in his memory to the John Peck Scholarship Fund to benefit students of the L.A. Academy at 1336 N. La Brea, Hollywood, Calif. 90028.