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Guest Artists

Recent Guest Artists

Our connections to the realm of professional theatre reach far and wide. We are dedicated to utlizing those relationships to provide our students with opportunities to learn from experts in the field, whether they be actors, directors or designers. Below is a sampling of the recent guest artists who we have had the privelege to work with and learn from.

Shown above, from left: Block 1, Anthony Cochrane (right) in Cyrano de Bergerac; Block 2, James Keegan in King Lear; Block 3, Paul Zimet directing Action


Louis Butelli
Director: Arcadia (2013)
Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Louis has spent the past seventeen years working as an actor, teacher, director, and writer. From 1998-2008, he was Artist-In-Residence and Company Clown for the Aquila Theatre Company. During that time, he played in over 25 productions of the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights, appearing Off-Broadway, at major regional houses, on tour in the US to 49 states and across Europe; taught over 300 masterclasses; wrote, adapted and appeared in a new production of Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. Other credits include Folger Theatre; La Jolla Playhouse; LA Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare Theatre Co, DC; Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Yale Rep; Long Wharf; Orlando Shakes; Pasadena Playhouse; Two River Theater, NJ; Alpine Theater Project, MT; Seaside Shakespeare of Nantucket; La Scala Opera’s West Side Story in Milan, Beirut, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo; many others. TV: The Unusuals, and All My Children (ABC), Law & Order, and L&O: Criminal Intent (NBC). He is co-founder and Executive Director of Psittacus Productions, for whom he has produced A Tale Told By An Idiot (LA Weekly Theater Award), and CYCLOPS: A Rock Opera (NYMF Award for Excellence, 3 LA Weekly Award Noms, Pulitzer Prize Juror Nom) which played a sold-out and extended run at the 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival, and the World Premier of the company’s latest show, A True History, which had a workshop at the Obie Award-winning Vineyard Theatre in New York City.


Rob Clare
Director: Present Laughter (2012)
Internationally acclaimed Shakespeare specialist Rob Clare trained at the Central School, London, and first acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company, to whom he returned to work regularly during the past decade as a freelance verse and text coach.  His extensive credits as an actor, director and teacher also include having been a Staff Director at the UK National Theatre, Associate Artistic Director of Compass Theatre (UK touring), and returning to Central School to establish the MA Classical Acting program which he also led it for its first three years.  Other directing works include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, and Romeo and Juliet in New Delhi, India, and Richard III, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night and most recently As You Like It and a staged reading of King Lear here in the USA.  He was verse and text coach for Tina Landau’s productions of The Tempest for Steppenwolf in Chicago, and of Antony and Cleopatra for Hartford Stage.  Now based in NYC, he works regularly at the NYC Actors Center, and recently directed The Tempest at Juilliard while also leading an extended Shakespeare workshop for the NYU Graduate Acting Program.


Chris Clavelli
Director: Big Love (2010), A Streetcar Named Desire (2011)
Chris is the Associate Artistic Director of The Florida Repertory Theatre and currently serves on the faculty of The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts and The Cooper Union Connect Program. Directing Credits: The Florida Repertory Theatre, The Actors Studio, The NY Fringe Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Two River Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Off Square Theatre, Depot Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The Chenango River Theatre and 78th Street Theatre. Representative theatres: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Kennedy Center, Florida Repertory Theatre, Florida Stage, The Hangar, The Paper Mill Playhouse, The Virginia Stage Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Barter, The Stamford Center for the Arts, The Burt Reynolds Institute, The Caldwell and The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. He received The Best Actor Carbonell for his performance in The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Florida Shakespeare Festival and The Barrymore Award as part of the ensemble in The Philadelphia Theatre Companies production of Sideman. He is a nominee for the prestigious Alan Schneider Directing Award through Theatre Communications Group as well as Performer of the Year through The Alliance for the Arts in Lee County, Florida. TV: The Sopranos, Rescue Me, Law and Order, All My Children, Another World and many commercials and voice-overs.


Anthony Cochrane
Actor: Cyrano de Bergerac (2009)
Anthony is an actor and composer who originally hails from the north coast of Scotland and now resides in New York. He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and has worked extensively throughout the United Kingdom and the United States.  As an actor, Cochrane’s credits include a current role in War Horse on Broadway, the TONY award-winning production of Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia and Cymbeline at Lincoln Center Theater; The Broken Heart, The Wives’ Excuse, Coriolanus and Julius Caesar for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Dense Terrain with Doug Varone and Dancers at BAM; Médéé at Carnegie Hall. Off-Broadway credits include Othello, Cyrano de Bergerac, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Iliad, The Man Who Would Be King and The Invisible Man with Aquila Theatre Company. Regionally he played Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale at The Folger Theatre. Other performance credits in the States and UK include Much Ado About Nothing (La Jolla Playhouse / The White House), Julius Caesar (Folger Shakespeare Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (European tour and 2007 Edinburgh Festival, Assembly Rooms); The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Hiawatha (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Hamlet, Jungle Book (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and numerous other repertory productions.


Kathleen F. Conlin
Director: The Winter’s Tale (2009)
Kathleen Conlin has extensive background in directing professional productions of Shakespearean plays and teaching performance in universities across the country, both as resident and guest faculty. For over twenty-three seasons, Conlin has directed Shakespearean plays, modern American comedies and dramas at the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival including: Candida, The Tempest, On Golden Pond, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, You Can’t Take It with You, Morning’s at Seven, Lion in Winter and Love’s Labour’s Lost.  Conlin holds the Barnard Hewitt Professorship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also Director in Residence. She is also the former Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at UIUC. As the Associate Artistic Director and Casting Director, Conlin has been instrumental in the theater’s development as a major regional theater, which now boasts summer and fall seasons and a company of more than 60 actors. She is past President of both the National Theatre Conference and the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Brad DePlanche
Co-Director: The 39 Steps (2014)
Brad DePlanche began directing in 2002 for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Solo Mio, an evening of one-person shows, and later served as assistant director for the 2004 Humana Festival world premiere of Gina Gionfriddo’s play, After Ashley. Recently, he directed The Jericho Tree as part of PlayFest 2013 for the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, where Brad is an Associate Artist and will be directing a new adaptation of Rapunzel this June. As a regional award-winning actor, Brad has worked with some of the nation’s greatest regional theatres, including the Tony Award-winning Actors Theatre of Louisville (5 Seasons), South Coast Repertory, American Conservatory Theatre and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

Scott Giguere
Director: Swimming in the Shallows (2014)
Scott DePlanche is a NY-based actor, director and teacher specializing in physical performance training techniques including the Suzuki Actor Traning Method, Viewpoints and Shogo Ohta’s Slow Tempo work. He is a company member of Pacific Performance Project/East and the Peter Kyle Dance company in NYC where, in addition to performing, he serves as the Theatrical Advisor. He has taught and directed at the University of Washington, University of Indiana-Bloomington and Rutgers University and co-teaches the annual Slow Tempo retreat at Bearnstow in the wilds of Maine every summer. His previous directing credits include the creation of original physically based adaptations of Hamlet, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King, and Icarus - a mashup of Chekhov’s Seagull with the myth of legend. As a perfomer he has appeared in regional theatres across the U.S. and on international stages. Some regional and NYC work includes: Mizu no Eki (The Water Station) @ HERE in NYC; Metamorphoses, Gross Indecency, and Opus @ Florida Studio Theater; Time of Your Life with the Steppenwolf Company @ Seattle Repertory Theater; End of the Rope in Romania @ Sibiu Int’l Theatre Festival; Camille in A Flea in Her Ear @ PCPA in California; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Barnaby Tucker in Hello Dolly! @ Monomoy Theater in Cape Cod; Thomas Mendip in The Lady’s Not For Burning @ tate Theater - Olympia, WA; Gloumov in Diary of a Scoundrel @ Northern Stage – Vermont.  Scott earned his M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Washington in Seattle and is a member of Actors Equity Association.

Cristian Hadji-Culea
Director: King Lear (2013)
Since 2006, Cristian has been the Director General of the National Theater of Iasi in his home country of Romania. He has received numerous awards through his career. Notably, in 2011, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Union of Theatre Romania. Between 1998 and 2002, he was the Chairman of the Board and Director General of the Romanian National Television Company. From 1991-2009, Cristian was a professor of theatre direction at the National University of Theatre and Film, “I. L. Cargiale.” He has worked or collaborated as a director with Romanian professional theatre companies such as Teatrul Mic, Teatrul Bulandra, Odeon Theatre and Hebrew Bucharest.


Jim Helsinger
Co-Director: The 39 Steps (2014)
Jim serves as the Artistic Director of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, where he has directed productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Nicholas Nickleby, All’s Well that Ends Well, Macbeth, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and many others. Other directing credits include: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Florida Studio Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Cape May Stage, Florida Repertory Theatre and Actor’s Playhouse. As an actor, he has performed Off-Broadway in The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Contrast; and regionally in the title roles of Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Dracula and Henry V. Television credits include From the Earth to the Moon; Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; Noah Knows Best; and Mortal Kombat. As a playwright, his work includes Robinson Crusoe, A Christmas Carol in Five Parts, Dracula: the Journal of Jonathan Harker, Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus, and The Trial of Joan the Maid. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, National Theatre Conference, National New Play Network, and is the past president of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. He also serves as a faculty member at the University of Central Florida. He holds a BA from Miami University (Ohio) and an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama Professional Actor Training Program.

Casey Kaleba
Fight Choreographer: Macbeth (2012)
A company member with Rorschach Theatre, Casey Kaleba has staged fights for the Folger Theatre, Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, National Players, The Hub Theatre, No Rules Theatre, Forum Theatre, African Continuum Theatre, Signature Theatre, and the New Brunswick Theatre Festival. He has taught for the University of Maryland, George Mason University, Shepherd University, and Old Dominion University, as well as serving as a regular guest artist for the Shakespeare Theatre and Folger Library. Casey has been a guest instructor for Fight Directors Canada and the Nordic Stagefight Society, an instructor at the Paddy Crean Workshop, and currently serves as resident fight director for Round House Theatre. He runs Tooth and Claw Combat Arts.


James Keegan
Actor: King Lear (2013)
James Keegan has most recently played Pistol in a critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Henry V directed by Robert Richmond at The Folger Theater in Washington D.C. As a member of the Resident Company at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse for 13 repertory seasons, James has played more than 85 roles in over 60 productions, including the title roles in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and King Lear, and Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great and The Jew of Malta.  At ASC, James has played many of the great roles in Shakespeare’s plays: Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Iago in Othello; Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and The Merry Wives of Windsor; Prospero in The Tempest; Fluellen in Henry V; and Claudius in Hamlet.  His work as Prospero in ASC’s 2011 production of The Tempest was featured in the 2012 BBC documentary Shakespeare Uncovered that  aired on PBS.  James is an Associate Professor of English and Theater at the University of Delaware on their Georgetown campus. He has also taught masters classes in the professional training program at ASC and graduate classes in verse and text for The Master of Letters/Master of Arts in Shakespeare and Performance Program at Mary Baldwin College.


Jean Guy Lecat
Guest Presenter (March 2015)
Dubbed “Monsieur Space” by legendary theatre director Peter Brook, Jean Guy Lecat has been, over a nearly fifty year career, a critical contributor to the development of the avant-garde stage.  Lecat worked with Brook from 1976 to 2000 as technical director and space designer, charged particularly with research, transformation or creation of more than 200 spaces throughout the world. He left Peter Brook Company in 2000, and continued to take part in the creation or transformation of spaces at the side of directors and architects. Concurrently he began to share his experiments and discoveries by offering workshops about space around the world, for young professionals or students, theatre makers, architects, artists, set ­and light designer.  Noted theatre writer Randy Gener (American Theatre, The Village Voice) characterized Lecat as “untiring in his exploration of the interaction of theater and architecture, design and performance, space and storytelling.”

Gary Logan
Voice/Text Coach: The Comedy of Errors (2011)
Director: Compleat Female Stage Beauty (2012)
Gary Logan is the Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. As a Voice, Text, and/or Dialect Coach, his credits include productions at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the KennedyCenter, FolgerTheatre, Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, the Chautauqua Theatre Company, and over 60 productions with the Denver Center Theatre Company. He is a recipient of a 2006 Tyrone Guthrie Award and is the author of The Eloquent Shakespeare: A Pronouncing Dictionary for the Complete Dramatic Works, With Notes to Untie the Modern Tongue (University of Chicago Press). He is a faculty member of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, held annually in Vancouver, B.C., and has taught courses for The George Washington University, the University of Colorado, Boulder and Denver, and the University of Maryland.


Dan Murray
Fight Choregrapher: Cyrano de Bergerac (2009)
Daniel Murray has acted in productions at the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, New York Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Kitchen Dog Theater, George Street Playhouse, Playwrights’ Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, and Warehouse Theatre, among others. Recent fight direction includes Rashomon for Lander University, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the University of Georgia, Your Handsome Captain for North Carolina Central University, and True West at the Warehouse Theatre. For the past ten years Daniel has taught movement and acting at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, where he also serves as Chair of the Drama Department. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s MFA Acting Program, and has been a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1995.


Donald Sage Mackay
Actor: The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2005), The Winter’s Tale (2010)
Donald Sage Mackay played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and directed Macbeth in 2004 for the reopened Grove Shakespeare Festival in Los Angeles. Other theatres include The Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, San Jose Repertory, Idaho and Utah Shakespeare Festivals and Sir Peter Hall’s Shakespeare repertory at the Ahmanson Theatre. Don received his MFA in Acting from UC San Diego/La Jolla Playhouse and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Lead Actor.  Film and television appearances include a recurring role on Scrubs, recurring guest stars on The Practice and Providence, guest stars on The Shield, JAG, According To Jim, Enterprise, Seventh Heaven, The West Wing, Frasier, What I Like About You, Malcolm in the Middle, ER and The District, feature films and recurring work on daytime television. He is currently the Artistic Director of Pegasus Repertory Theatre based in Aspen, Colorado and recently collaborated on projects with Amnesty International and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


Matthew Nielson
Sound Designer/Composer: Compleat Female Stage Beauty (2012)
Matthew is the Resident Sound Designer at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD, where his sound design & composition credits include Double Indemnity, Crown of Shadows, Next Fall, Amadeus, Around the World in 80 Days, My Name is Asher Lev, Eurydice, The Book Club Play and A Prayer for Owen Meany (Helen Hayes Award). Other credits: Catalyst Theatre (Helen Hayes Award, 1984), Woolly Mammoth, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Rorschach, Delaware Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company, CATF, the Smithsonian Institution, Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage and Adventure Theatre. Off-Broadway sound design credits include the Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival. Film & TV credits include NBC Sports, UFC on FOX, Epix Drive-In, A Sleepover Story and The Long Road. He is a founding member of audio theatre company The Audible Group and creator of the series Troublesome Gap. Nielson is half of the team responsible for Sound Lab Studios, a recording and production house in Asheville, NC. Samples can be heard online at


Charley Pogue
Lighting Designer: The Importance of Being Earnest (2012)
A graduate of the University of SC MFA Lighting Design Program (2001),  Charley is now based in Orlando, Florida, where he is a Senior Lighting Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering’s Creative Entertainment Division.  In his 11 years at Disney, he has designed lighting for a number of shows, events, parades, “Night-time Spectaculars” and facilities.  He has recently returned from Germany where he served as Principal Lighting Designer for the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships.  Recent designs include Disney’s Buccaneer Blast, Disney Dreams, Holiday Wishes and HalloWISHES. 


Beatrice Rancea
Director: The Good Person of Setzuan (2006)
Beatrice Rancea is the Director of the National Opera House in Romania, and has directed countless theatre performances operas, film and television works over her career. Her theatre work has been recognized by prizes and audience demand in her native country.  Honors include the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” prize offered to Romanian artistic personalities by the President of Romania in 1998, and the 2005 prize for the “most prominent presence in show-biz.” Her production of the American play Quills ran for more than a year at the Odeon theater in Bucharest.

Britt Sandusky
Sound Designer: The 39 Steps, Hamlet (2014)
Britt formally trained at the Audio Recording Technology Institute in Orlando, and has designed the sound-scapes for many Orlando Shakespeare Theater favorites including The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Othello, Sense and Sensibility, Race, The Importance Of Being Earnest, The 39 Steps, Shotgun, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Robinson Crusoe, and many others. His film credits include many disciplines such as Foley artist, re-recording engineer, ADR supervisor, dialog mixer and sound effects supervisor.


Paul Savas
Fight Choreographer: King Lear (2013)
Paul is the Executive and Artistic Director of The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville South Carolina. He is a member of AEA, SAG, SDC and has taught and performed all over the country. He was a voicing actor with The National Theatre of The Deaf for two-and-a-half years, a founding member of Hopeful Monsters (based in New York City) and has performed with The Boston and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras.

Richard Sheridan Willis
Actor: Hamlet (2014)
Trained: RADA; Canadian Theatre: The Father in The Railway Children (Roundhouse Theatre, Toronto) Kemp in Vigil, Mann in The Clockmaker (Sudbury Theatre Centre) Ragnor in The Master Builder (Peter Hall Productions,Royal Alexander Theatre) Strolling Player (The Toronto Fringe Festival, Red Sandcastle Theatre, Toronto, Factory 163, Stratford, Ontario).  UK Theatre: Arnold in Torch Song Trilogy (Albery Theatre, London) Jean in Miss Julie, (BAC, London) Hedda Gabler (Leicester Haymarket), Allmers in Little Eyolf (National Theatre of Norway), Tis Pity She’s a Whore (Dundee Rep), The Normal Heart (Channel Theatre Co), A Woman of No Importance (Leicester Haymarket), The Master Builder (Peter Hall Company), Into the Woods (Leicester Haymarket), The Tempest (Shared Experience), Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Leicester Haymarket) George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (New Vic), The White Devil, Single Spies (Leicester Haymarket), Things We Do For Love (Salisbury Playhouse). USA Theatre: Malvolio in Twelfth Night (2014 Helen Hayes Best Supporting Actor Nominee), Stanley in Richard lll, Chorus in Henry V (Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC), Strolling Player (Capitol Hill Workshop, Washington DC), Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (Summer Theatre of New Canaan) Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Elkins Shakespeare Festival), Jack in The Importance of Being Earnest (Aquila Theatre Co, Baruch, NYC), Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Aquila Theatre Co, New Victory Theatre, New York), Night & Day (Wilma Theatre), Mrs Warren’s Profession (Denver Centre Theatre Co), Prospero in The Tempest, Claudius in Hamlet, Peachey in The Man Who Would Be King, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Catch 22 (Aquila Theatre Co, NYC) Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friar Lawrence in Romeo & Juliet, King Henry in Henry lV, Part 1 (Summer Theatre of New Canaan).  TV: Dangerous Persuasions (History Channel), Dr Who (BBC), Law & Order (NBC), and Flashpoint (CBS), Lost Girl (Showcase), Nikita (Warner Bros TV), Stand By Your Booth (Rob Fisher Films), Flesh & Blood, Rebecca, Diary of a Nobody (BBC), Soldier & Me (Granada), Doombolt Chase (HTV), The Feathered Serpent (Thames TV).  Film: Dreadful Sorry, Absolution, Ghost in the Noonday Sun & The Big Bad

Todd Wren
Lighting Designer: King Lear (2013)
Todd Wren has designed the lighting for more than 300 theatrical productions across the country. His national credits include; The Coconut Grove Playhouse, Casa Manana, Goodspeed Opera House, Florida Repertory Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, and Tennessee Repertory Theatre. Regionally he has designed for North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, and Charlotte Repertory Theatre. Todd received his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and is an active member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. For more information visit


Doug Wright
Guest Presenter (2006)
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2004 (for I Am My Own Wife), Doug Wright is an award-winning playwright, librettist and screenwriter.  Other stage works include Grey Gardens (Tony nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on a Hardbody. Film credits include Quills, based on his Obie-winning play, nominated for three Academy Awards. Television credits include Tony Bennett: An American Classic, directed by Rob Marshall. Honors include Benjamin Dank Prize, the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Tolerance Prize, Kulturforum Europa and the Paul Selvin Award, Writers Guild of America. Professional affiliations include president of the Dramatists Guild and member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and board of the New York Theatre Workshop.

Paul Zimet
Director: Action (Created and workshopped at USC, 2009)
Paul Zimet is the OBIE award-winning Artistic Director of the Talking Band. Music-theater works that he has written and directed include: New Islands Archipelago, Radnevsky’s Real Magic, Imminence, Belize, The Parrot, Star Messengers, Bitterroot, Party Time, Black Milk Quartet and New Cities. He also wrote Shadow Passports and Bone Room, episodes 2 and 8 of The Talking Band’s serial mystery drama, The Necklace. Paul has directed over thirty productions for the Talking Band and received a 2003 Village Voice OBIE award for his direction of Painted Snake in a Painted Chair by Ellen Maddow.  He directed two shows by Taylor Mac – The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, and The Deity (Part I of The Lily’s Revenge).  Paul also received three OBIE awards for his work with the Open Theater and the Winter Project, both directed by Joseph Chaikin. Paul has received the John C. Lippmann “New Frontier” Award and the Frederick Loewe Award in Musical Theater, a Playwrights’ Center National McKnight Fellowship, playwriting fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts, a New Dramatists/Children’s Theatre Playground commission, a Rockefeller/Creative Capital MAP Fund grant, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a 2008 NewYorkTheatre.Com People of the Year award.