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Peter Brinckerhoff


Peter Brinckerhoff has been a soap opera director for 30 years and has been nominated for 8 Daytime Emmys and won one in 1991 as part of the Santa Barbara directing team.


  1. What would be the subject of a typical demand or difficult conversation you as a director might have with the Exec. Producer of the show or any Network executives?
  2. Typically, how many pages of a Daytime script might you shoot in a day?
  3. If you are lucky enough to book a contract role on a Soap Opera how long can you survive if you’re not able to effectively learn your lines on a regular basis?
  4. How do you as a director handle shooting a script when you have contract player regulars who truly dislike one another in the same storyline?
  5. How much time do you get to prep a script before having to shoot it? And do you get script changes from the writers everyday?
  6. If I am a one-day principal on your set with you how much rehearsal time and running through blocking can I typically expect?
  7. Have you ever had to fire a day player, and if so, why?
  8. How often do you change the way you see the blocking in a scene if one of your stars has a strong opinion about it?
  9. How do you handle, on the occasions when needed, if an actor is daytime is not able to reach a certain emotional depth?
  10. What do you do to add to the artistic life of a daytime scene if you feel that perhaps after a long day the actors are kind of going through the motions?

About the Guru

Peter Brinckerhoff has been a soap opera director for 30 years. Getting his first chance from the late Mary-Ellis Bunim (later the co-creator of “The Real World”) on Search for Tomorrow, Peter went on to direct as the World Turns, Capitol, Loving, One Life to Live, All My Children, Another World, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Sunset Beach, Passions, Spyder Games, The Young and the Restless, and General Hospital’s Night Shift. Peter has been nominated for 8 Daytime Emmy’s and won one in 1991 as part of the Santa Barbara directing team. Peter has also appeared as a stuntman and actor in several films including “Key Exchange” and “Q” as well as several soaps. Peter has been a competitive swimmer since high school and still competes in open water races. He coached Little League baseball at every level for 17 years and has been a surfer for 47 years traveling extensively to feed his passion. Since traveling to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to work for Habitat for Humanity, Peter has realized that his good fortune needs to be paid back and is currently planning another trip for Habitat as well as donating his time and money to other charities including Medecins Sans Frontieres, Heal the Bay and the NRDC.