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Paul Douglas Michnewicz

7117 Tolliver Street
Alexandria, VA 22306

  Yale School Of Drama, MFA 1987
Trinity University, BA, 1984
Directing Experience

America Now and Here: Kansas City
Directed the following World Premiere plays: Art Talk by Edward Albee, untitiled by Christopher Durang, Hushed Tones by David Henry Hwang, Georgia O'Keefe by Katori Hall, Moby Dick Delayed by Beth Henley, Art Talks Back by Doug Wright, Overheard Conversation by Emily Mann, Lost and Gone Forever by Tina Howe, What Is This Thing? by Marsha Norman, Louvre by Theresa Rebeck, A Prayer by Jon Robin Baitz, Doris and Ray by Steven Dietz, What are you Saying? by Neena Beber, White Red and Blue by Tom Fontana, Gallery Hip Hip by Lynn Grossman, Stalin's Boots by John Weidman, Annie by Robert Lopez, Public Space by Zayd Dohrn, Welcome to the Neighborhood by Ron Simonian, Natural Selection by Frank Higgins, The Odd Sea by Marcia Cebulska, Mona Lisa Look by Heidi Van, Frame by Philip blue owl Hooser, American Hypocrit by Damian Torres Botello, Group Torture by Ismail Khalidi

VSA arts: National Programs at the Kennedy Center
Co-Artistic Directed the VSA arts "International Ceremonies at the Concert Hall" featuring Ben Vereen and Ronan Tynan. Directed The Marionette Effect by Laura Hodgikian, For The Love of Goldfish by Ali Pavuk, The Other Room by Ariadne Baker-Dunn, Mistakes, Inc by Jonathan Mayer, 3/4 of a Mass for St. Vivian by Pheobe Rusch, The Changeling, Diamond In The Rough, by Allyson Hogan, Mind Invasion, by Tiffany McCrea, The Trouble with Being Inspiring, by Helen Killian, I Play by Ear, by Deborah Yarchun and Katherine Gee, Wolves Can Hear A Saxophone by Clarence Coo, The Purple Heart by Adam Goldberg, Gretty Good Time by John Belluso, Invisible Disability by Kieran Cusak, Goodman’s Candy Bars by Josh Ben Friedman, The Boy Who Walked Backwards by Jesse Hove, Dirty Dishes by Monica Wrobel, Lagniappe by Lydia G. LaBouliere with Guest Hosts: Wendy Wasserstein, Marlo Thomas, Jack Hofsiss, Marlee Matlin and Fred Zollo. Directed the International Young Soloists Evenings for 10 years. Directed the 10th Anniversary Americans With Disabilities Act Celebration performance.

The Theater Alliance
Founder and Artistic Director for 6 seasons. Directed: Lazarus Syndrome, 3/4 of a Mass for St. Vivian (nominated for the Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Work), The Spitfire Grill, Gospel at Colonus, Skin of our Teeth, Gorey Stories, Really Rosie, Trifles, Working, The Poodle Beach Trilogy, Menage A Trois, Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Gorey Gallery and Fairy Tales. Recipient of a Helen Hayes Award (2009). Produced Ambition Facing West, A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn, St. Mark's Gospel, The Women of Tin Pan Alley, The Bread of Winter, The Woman Who Amuses Herself, Five Flights. Nominated for 21 Helen Hayes Awards and the Mayor's Arts Award for Artistic Excellence.

The Source Theater Festival
Directed world premier Running With Scissors.

Madcap Winter Carnival of New Works
Directed Whatever I Want by Mark Harvey Levine, Quiet by Patrick Gabridge, Holy Hell by Barbara Lindsay, Dance with Me Abuilita by Terry Nicholetti and Lullabies of Farewell by Gary Raymond Fry, Jr.

National Endowment for the Arts
Directed the "National Heritage Awards" at Lisner Auditorium ('05, '12 - '13) and Strathmore Music Center ('06 - '11) featuring Wanda Jackson, Chuck Brown, Michael Doucet, Mavis Staples, Henry Gray among many others.

The Chicago Humanities Festival
Directed The Second Hurricane by Aaron Copland, newly adapted by Jamie Bernstein, Michael Barrett, and Ed Schloth.

The Washington Opera
Assistant Directed: Guilio Cesare, dir. John Pascoe; Susannah, dir. Brenda Nuckton, Tristan und Isolde dir. Lotfi Mansouri, Don Giovanni dir. Matthew Lata, Vanessa dir. Michael Kahn, Daughter of the Regiment dir. Leon Major, The Cunning Little Vixen dir. Michael Beauchamp, Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci dir. Chris Matalliano, Brundibar dir. Mary Gresock.

The 'In Series' at Mount Vernon College
Directed: The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, A Diary of Virginia Woolf, Goblin Market, Dido and Aeneas, Operetta Supreme, and A Britten Cabaret.

The Kennedy Center
Directed the Carmen Jones educational tour entitled: "Caterpillars to Butterflies; How Opera's become Musicals" written by Paulette Laufer.

Houston Grand Opera
Assistant Directed: Billy Budd dir. Francesca Zambello.

Virginia Opera
Directed: Little Red Riding Hood, Alice Through the Opera Glass and Hansel and Gretel.

The Opera Studio at the University of Maryland
Directed: Riders To The Sea, Don Giovanni, Daughter of the Regiment, The Impresario, The Stronger. Taught Acting for Graduate Opera students.

Wolf Trap Opera
Assistant Directed The Marriage of Figaro.

Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
Directed Die Fledermaus.

The National Holocaust Memorial Museum
Directed and wrote Zachor! (a benefit for the National Day of Remembrance).

Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School
Directed: Working, Runaways, Really Rosie.

Universal Theater
Directed world premiere of Andalusia.

Stage Management Experience

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Stage managed: A Streetcar Named Desire starring Patricia Clarkson, dir. Garry Hines; A world premier dance piece starring Mikhail Baryshnikov; Carmen Jones, dir. Baayork Lee, conducted by Placido Domingo, starring Vanessa Williams; Merrily We Roll Along, dir. Christopher Ashley as part of the Sondheim Celebration!; Miranda's Waltz, a world permiere symphony with one actor composed by Susan Kandor; The Best Christmas Pageant Ever dir. Jerry Whiddon; Snow Queen dir. Phyllis S. K. Look; Angel's Voices (a new opera) dir. Gary Race; The Pearl dir. Abel Lopez; Shear Madness; "The Irene Ryan Awards" (American College Theatre Festival); Women of the Plums; Lolly Foster's Daredevil Airshow dir. J Ranelli.

The Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington DC
Production Managed Step Afrika! directed by Brian Williams

Theater of the First Amendment, Fairfax, VA
Production Managed: Live Wire at the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts, directed by Rick Davis; the world premiere of Can't Scare Me (The Story of Mother Jones) written and starring Kaiulani Lee at the Atlas Performing Arts Center; the world premiere of Stay by Heather McDonald and Susan Shields at the Lansburgh Theater.

The Miller Theatre, Columbia University, New York City.
A Kenneth Koch Tribute featuring performers such as Ned Rorem, Kristen Linklater, Maria Pessino-Rothwell, Gibson Frazier, Christine Antenbring, Ariana Zukerman, Michael Barrett, Kate Farrell, and Don Sanders.

The Head Start International Conference at the MCI Center.
This week-long conference featured over 4000 participants, 40 panels, 200 speakers, 20 performers with a satellite feed to over 32 countries.

The McCarter Theatre, Princeton, New Jersey.
Yellowman, a new play by Dael Orlandersmith directed by Blanka Zizka.

The Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, PA.
Yellowman, a new play by Dael Orlandersmith directed by Blanka Zizka.

Long Wharf Theater, New Haven, CT.
Yellowman, a new play by Dael Orlandersmith directed by Blanka Zizka.

The Washington Opera
Assistant Stage Managed La Boheme dir. Roman Terleckj, King Arthur dir. Colin Graham, Agrippina dir. Florian Leibrecht, Don Carlo dir. Sonya Frisell, The Flying Dutchman dir. Roman Terleckj, Otello dir. Sonya Frisell

Spoleto Festival USA
Rehearsal Coordinator for the '98 &'99 seasons. Duties included: scheduling rehearsal space for 20 productions, coordinating piano and organ pick up delivery and tuning.

International Vocal Arts Institute
Tel Aviv Israel and Casalmaggiore, Italy

Schedule Coordinator for the '99, '00, '01, and '05 seasons. Duties included: scheduling rehearsals for 9 show season, scheduling Master Classes, Concerts, voice lessons, coachings. Joan Dornemann, Artistic Director.

Festival Manger for INTERSECTIONS:
A New American Festival including 30 performing arts and visual arts events over 3 weekends. A partial list of collaborators include Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and Symphony Space. A partial list of performers include: Marva Hicks, Tom Chapin, Christylez Bacon, and Jon Carroll. Production Managed Goodnight Moon (Helen Hayes nominated), directed by Mary Hall Surface, produced by Jane Lang and Second Line, a world premiere written by Seret Scott.

Baltimore Opera
Production Managed Lucia Di Lammermoor and ASM for Elixir of Love and Nabucco.

Center Stage, Baltimore
Stage Managed the Cabaret "Andrea Marcovicci Sings"

The Yale Repertory Theatre
Stage Managed A Winters Tale, Stitchers and Starlight Talkers as well as 26 student productions.

The Yale School of Music
Stage Managed Julius Caesar and Die Fledermaus.

EOS Orchestra, Manhattan
Stage Managed "6 - ten minute opera’s", directed by Robin Guarino, including world premiers by Mark Adamo and Jake Heggie for two seasons. Also, stage managed "Little Theatre of Stravinsky" directed by Christopher Alden. Stage Managed Die Walkyrie starring Sanford Sylvan, dir. Christopher Alden

VSA arts International Office
Festival Director for 3 years. Festivals include over 30 hours of live performances, 2 visual arts shows, a book fair, Celebrity Readings (including Morris Chestnut) and Open Studio's at 5 venues throughout Washington DC. Annual budgets exceeded $300,000. Produced the Panasonic Young Soloists Evening at the Kennedy Center for the year 2000. Production Managed 3 Young Playwrights Evenings with Guest Hosts: Mayim Bialik, Jean Kennedy Smith, and Fred Zollo.

The Smithsonian Institute
Stage managed the Folklife Festival for 4 summers with various international performers in an outdoor setting; and the Wade In The Water concerts and master classes featuring: Sweet Honey In The Rock, Seven Sons and the Morgan State College Choir.

Opera North Carolina
Stage managed Trouble in Tahiti and Romulus Hunt (2nd performance by Carly Simon) directed by Robin Guarino.

Various Award Shows
The Helen Hayes Awards 1993, The Anti Defamation League Awards, The Olender Awards (at the Kennedy Center and the Ronald Reagan Building).

The Oak Park Festival Theatre
Stage Managed Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Doctor Faustus, The Twins, The Tempest. The Green Show (62 outdoor performance pieces).

Producing Experience

Theater Alliance
Ambition Facing West, directed by Jeremy Skidmore; A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn, directed by James Foster Jr; St. Mark's Gospel featuring Michael Tolaydo; The Women of Tin Pan Alley, directed by Jessica Burgess; the world premier of The Bread of Winter by Victor Lodato and directed by Dorothy Neumann (Helen Hayes nominee); The Woman Who Amuses Herself directed by Kasi Campbell; Five Flights directed by Shirley Serotsky; Black Nativity directed by Stephawn Stephens.

Teaching Experience

The Opera Studio at the University of Maryland
Leon Major Chairman. Adjunct Professor of Graduate Acting for over 16 years.

Baltimore School for the Performing Arts
Taught a 5 week Acting workshop to 50 high school theater majors.

Georgetown University Summer and Continuing Education
Developed and taught a 7 credit summer theatre training program for high school students.

The Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School
Chairman of the Theater Department with 600 junior high school students and 4 part time faculty members. Taught 300 students per week and developed production program of 30 plays per year. Wrote “FYI” a faculty newsletter and received the “New Haven Excellence in Teaching” award and grant.

Theater Lab:
Taught "Actions and Objectives", "Directing", "Creating a Musical Theater Role" and "Character Development" to adult pre-professional actors.

National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
Taught "Audition workshop" to the ART graduate students.

Elderhostel at Yale University
Developed, administrated and taught 2 summer programs with theatre concentrations for the elderly.

VSA arts National Programs
Wrote the curriculum guide for teaching playwriting around the idea of disabilities. This teachers guide is in current circulation.

The Kennedy Center Education Department
Taught 2 semesters of acting to high school students.

Children’s Theatre of Arlington
Taught 2 semesters of acting and 3 workshops with over 60 students per class.

Arts In Action
Artistic Director and teacher of a Youth at Risk programs in the inner city of Washington DC.

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Taught “Beginning Acting for Adults”, “Integration of Abilities for Adults”, “Creative Dramatics for Teens”, 6 summer camps for children.

Kids First
Taught “Increasing Creative Integration” to the teachers of this early child care facility.

Community Residential Center
Taught “Drama therapy” to court appointed juvenile offenders.


Acting Experience

First Stage, "Edward Seton" in Holiday directed by Dawn McAndrews.

Theater Alliance, "Man" in the world premiere one-man show The Man Who Fell In Love With His Cat

Ganymede Theater, "Roy Cohn", Angels In America
Ganymede Theater, "Arnold", Torch Song Trilogy
Georgetown University, various roles, Dear Harvey
National Portrait Gallery, various roles, Leaves of Grass


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