Peter BonillaDirector, FIRE's Individual Rights Defense Program
Peter Bonilla joined FIRE as a Program Associate in 2008 and became Assistant Director of FIRE's Individual Rights Defense Program in 2011. Today, as director, he manages FIRE's significant caseload, writes frequently for FIRE's blog, The Torch, and has lectured to student groups and at student conferences around the country. Since January 2011, Peter has also been a contributor for the political commentary website PolicyMic, covering issues in American higher education. Prior to joining FIRE, Peter was the literary manager of Philadelphia's InterAct Theatre Company, one of the country's top theatres for the development and production of new politically and socially-themed plays. He is also a past recipient of a fellowship in playwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and his first play was produced to critical acclaim in Arizona in September 2011. In 2009, Peter was a contestant on the television game show Jeopardy! His undergraduate degree, with a double major in theater arts and economics, is from the University of Pennsylvania.