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A Tale of Two Cities, 2009

Paul Meshijian

Member since 1989

Paul Meshejian has been a company member with People’s Light since 1989.  He is the founding Artistic Director of PlayPenn, a national new play development conference located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, now in its fifth season.  In its first four years, PlayPenn has developed 24 plays including J.T. Rogers' The Overwhelming, Jordan Harrison’s Act a Lady, Lucy Thurber’s Scarcity and The Day of the Picnic by Russell Davis.  Over the past thirty-five years he has directed, acted, designed, adapted and produced for the stage having founded three organizations and served as Artistic Director for others.  During the 1980s he was the founding Artistic Director of Stage One: Collaboration, an Equity professional theatre in St. Paul devoted to new and rarely produced works.  Film and TV credits include Alan Rudloph’s Equinox, Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, Bruce Charlesworth’s Private Enemy — Public Eye, The Final Patient, Homicide; Life on the Streets and HBO’s The Wire. Paul is on the Acting Faculty at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, also teaching at Arcadia University.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Theatre Research, is on the advisory board for Freedom Train Productions and is a member of LMDA, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.