Peter grew up in the small Chicago suburb of Warrenville, with a clash of grass roots America and the Chinese-Panamanian influence from his mother's side. He has always been intrigued by people's social interaction, and because of his mixed background, Peter found himself accepted by people of many different backgrounds. He eventually realized that acting was the perfect place for him to marry his ability to adapt and his fascination with what made people tick.
Peter first stepped onto the stage in a community recital at the age of six, in a tap number with his mother and older sister. A greater appreciation for the theater was inevitable, due to the endless stream of movie musicals his sister watched at their home. At the age of fourteen, he began to perform in community theater with his sister and father. Peter juggled rehearsals for shows, percussion ensembles, choirs, and drumline throughout his high school career, and went on to study Theater and Music Performance at North Central College in Naperville, where he performed in 14 mainstage productions, and discovered his love of dialect and voice work.