About Peter Scanavino

Born and raised in Colorado, and after briefly studying Russian Literature in Boston, Peter caught a bus to NYC where he has remained since 1999. 

Upon arrival in New York, Peter was in the first class of renowned master teacher Maggie Flanigan’s Two-Year Conservatory Program in the Meisner Technique.  At the same time he was consistently working Off-Off, and Off Broadway, and in 2006 made his Broadway debut in the TONY nominated play, “Shining City” directed by Robert Falls.  

Since then, he has played the lead in numerous productions ranging from the revivals of “Boys Life” (dir. Michael Greif) and ‘subUrbia” (dir. Jo Bonney) both at Second Stage Theater, to Simon Farquhar’s “Rainbow Kiss” @ 59E59th Street Theater to the world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer Prize runner up “Yellow Face” (dir Leigh Silverman) at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. 

In 2010, Peter took some time away from acting to pursue his interest in cooking.  After graduating with a certificate in Culinary Arts from The French Culinary Institute in NY, Peter began a brief stint working in the kitchen of Dan Barbers Michelin starred restaurant “Blue Hill” in Greenwich Village.

After returning to acting Peter quickly slipped into the leads of two forthcoming independent features, The Cold Lands (dir. Tom Gilroy) and Mutual Friends (dir. Matt Watts). Currently, he plays Sonny Carisi, Jr. on Law & Order SVU and has also guest starred in episodes of“The Leftovers” (HBO) “Banshee” (Cinemax) “Person of Interest” “Golden Boy” “A Gifted Man”(CBS) “Do No Harm” (NBC) “The Good Wife” (CBS). “Happythankyoumoreplease” (dir. Josh Radnor), Law & Order, Royal Pains, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Third Watch, The Bedford Diaries and The Informers (dir. Gregor Jordan) 

He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and sons.