Peg Small's Bio : The Kalamazoo Civic Theatre

Peg Small



If you're relatively new to the Civic, either as a patron or a volunteer you may not recognize the name Peg Small. But, as anyone who's been around since the early '80's can tell you, Peg was one of the most highly respected actresses in Kalamazoo. Known for her ability to develop captivating, multi-faceted characters, she was equally comfortable with the classics as she was with contemporary drama. After making her Civic debut in 1950 in Liliom, Peg went on to appear in 33 productions including five by Neil Simon. Some of her most memorable productions include Dylan, Private Lives, The Gingerbread Lady and Do You Turn Somersaults?. Peg's final Civic performance was Emily Dickinson in The Belle of Amherst. It came as no surprise to anyone who had seen her perform, when in the early 1980's Peg moved to New York in pursuit of a professional career. And what a career it has been! Peg has worked with some of the most prestigious regional theatres in the country, including the Pittsburgh Light Opera, the Barter Theatre, the Cocoanut Grove Playhouse and the Virginia Stage Company. She starred as Emily Stilson in Wings (a role she also played at the Civic) for Missouri Repertory Theatre. Her work in Eve at Body Politic in Chicago garnered her a Jeff Award nomination. Peg's Off Broadway productions include The Fiery Furnace, Remembrance, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Isn't it Romantic. She's conquered the Broadway stage having performed with Vanessa Redgrave in Orpheus Descending. She also understudied the roles of both Martha and Abbey in the Broadway revival of Arsenic and Old Lace starring Jean Stapleton and Marion Ross. In addition to her theatrical credits, Peg has also appeared on television in national commercials as well as in the NBC soap opera Another World. Most recently she was seen on the big screen in Kinsey starring Liam Neeson. Peg has worked with some of the most accomplished people in the business including Peter Hall, Julie Harris, Dina Merrill and Tammy Grimes, but still looks back on her days at the Civic with affection and appreciation.

"Thank you Mr. Gilmore."

Civic Credits

Lost in Yonkers

The Gala Reunion Concert

The Belle of Amherst


The Gingerbread Lady

Do You Turn Somersaults?