Name: Paul Kassel
Title: Associate Dean
Academic Rank: Associate Professor
Department: Theatre Arts
Expertise Keywords: Acting, Communication, Directing, Performance, Performance Improvement, Theatre Performance and Evolutionary Studies and Neuroscience
Available For: interviews, essays, speaking
Expertise: Paul teaches play analysis, all levels of acting, and directs plays in the Department of Theatre Arts and he is the Associate Dean for the School of Fine and Performing Arts. His book, Acting: An Introduction to the Art and Craft of Playing, was published by Allyn & Bacon in spring of 2006. His new book, The Actor’s Path: An Evolutionary Approach to the Art and Craft of Playing, will be published by Focus Publishing in 2013. Professionally, Paul directed God of Carnage for River Valley Rep in July 2012, and directed Mark Twain and David Ives’ Is He Dead for Half Moon Theatre Company in November, 2011. He played several roles in Seven Stories, directed by Roger Hendrick Simon, for the Company in March 2010. This fall he directed Macbeth for the Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz and he directed Good People for Half Moon Theatre this past March. Prior to coming to New Paltz, Paul worked at Stony Brook University and Bradley University. In New York City for eleven years as a professional actor, director, and writer, Paul worked off, and off-off Broadway, in regional theaters, and as a guest artist. In addition, he has appeared in a number of films, several television shows, and industrials. In addition to his books, Paul’s scholarly work includes several articles and many conference presentations on acting and performance theory. He is the managing editor of The Players’ Journal, an e-journal by and for actors and teachers of acting at www.theplayersjournal.org. Paul received his M.F.A. in Performance from the Florida State/Asolo Conservatory of Professional Actor Training. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors’ Guild.
Currrent Research: Acting/Performance via an evolutionary studies lens; neuroscience and performance
Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Associate Chair--Theatre Arts (2010-11)
Head of Performance--Theatre Arts (2004-10)
Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing Dept. of Theatre Arts SUNY Stony Brook
Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre, Bradley University
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Who's Who Among America's Teachers. 2007
Who's Who Among America's Teachers. 2000
Who's Who Among America's Teachers. 1997
Who's Who Among America's Teachers. 1996
Professional Achievement Award: Florida State/Asolo Conservatory. 1983
Other professional activities
New York City
CLEAR ACROSS,Harold Clurman Theatre, 1999
CHILDREN OF EDEN, Playwright's Horizons, 1992
JUBA, Samuel Beckett Theatre, 1990
THREE MEN ON A HORSE, Walker Street Theatre, 1990
VAMPIRE LESBIANS OF SODOM, Provincetown Playhouse, 1988
OLYMPUS ON MY MIND,Lamb's Theatre, 1986
IN ORBIT, Medicine Show Theatre, 1985
HEARTFELT ODDS, Theatre Off Park, 1984
CHATURANGA, Our Studios, 1984
Seven Stories, Half Moon Theatre Company, 2007
ART, New Paltz Summer Rep, 2005
DINNER WITH FRIENDS, Nebraska Repertory, 2002
WIT, Nebraska Repertory, 2002
TALLER, Asylum Theatre Company,2001
HUCKLEBERRY FINN, New Globe Repertory, 1985
MISALLIANCE, Asolo State Theatre, 1983
DARK OF THE MOON, Asolo State Theatre, 1983
A MUSE OF FIRE* Asolo Stage II, 1983
URINETOWN, SUNY New Paltz, 2006
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, Long Island Play Project, 2003
SHOWBOAT, Gateway Playhouse, 1999
SPEED-THE-PLOW, Cabaret@The Spot, 2000
HAPPY DAYS, Neumiller Theatre, 2000
GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN, Cabaret@The Spot, 1999
THE KENTUCKY CYCLE, Bradley University, 1998
RICHARD III, Bradley University, 1995
DAMN YANKEES, McLeod Playhouse,1997
BLITHE SPIRIT, ETC Company, 1989
MARRY ME A LITTLE, New Paltz Summer Rep, 2005
WHAT REMAINS, Asylum Theatre Company, 2002
GOOD COPY, Westbeth Theatre, 1991
STARBLAST!, The Triplex, 1990
THE 270TH DAY, Avalon Theatre,1989
THE RUFFIAN ON THE STAIR, Michael Carson Studios, 1989
SUNY New Paltz
SPIKE HEELS, 2011
BABES IN ARMS, 2010
MEASURE FOR MEASURE, 2009
ANYTHING GOES, 2005
A FLEA IN HER EAR, 2005
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
THE ROVER 2002
PRELUDE TO A KISS (ACTF Associate Entry) 2001
A DOLL HOUSE 2000
A SHAYNA MAIDEL 1999
Bradley University - Peoria, IL
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, 1997
AS YOU LIKE IT (ACTF Associate Entry), 1996
THE GLASS MENAGERIE 1996
SHE LOVES ME (ACTF Associate Entry), 1995
LYSA STRATA* 1995
THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR 1994
OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY 1993
THE VELVET PUMPERNICKEL Equity Showcase Production. Produced by Ghost Light Theatre. Sanford Meisner Theatre. New York, NY. 6-11 March 1990.
THE GESTURE Equity Staged Reading Code. Produced by Ghost Light Theatre. Dramatists Guild. New York, NY. September 1987.
THE NEW SEASON Teen Theatre one-act. Commissioned and produced by Lakewood Little Theatre. Beck Center for Performing Arts. Lakewood, OH. July 1981.
WHAT REMAINS A compilation of eyewitness and personal testimony chronicling the effect of the World Trade Center attack on Long Islanders. Produced by Asylum Theatre Company. Tour. September-December 2002.
WAR AND PEACE A compilation of text and scenes from the works of Shakespeare. Produced by Bradley University Department of Theatre Arts. Tour. November 1995 - April 1996.
LUNATICS, LOVERS, AND POETS A compilation of text and scenes from the works of Shakespeare. Produced by Bradley University Department of Theatre Arts. Tour. November 1994 - April 1995.
LYSA STRATA An adaptation, with music by Michael Leslie and Paul Kassel, lyrics by Paul Kassel. Produced by Bradley University Department of Theatre Arts. Meyer Jacobs Theatre. Bradley University. Peoria, IL. 23 February - 3 March 1995.
Actors' Equity Association
Screen Actors Guild
Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Treasurer, Member-at- Large, Acting Program Representative
Association of Theatre Movement Educators
"The Actor's Path: An Evolutionary Approach to the Art and Craft of Playing." R Pullin/Focus Publishing. 2013
"Acting: An Introduction to the Art and Craft of Playing" Allyn & Bacon. 2006
"Random Acts." Method Acting Reconsidered: Theory, Practice, Future. Ed. David Krasner. New York. St. Martin's Press, 2000.
"The Four Fundamental Verbs: An Approach to Playing Actions." Theatre Topics. 9 (1991): 181-195.
"John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor." Book Review. Theatre History Studies. 18 (1998): 173-174.
MISCELLANEOUS PUBLISHED MATERIALS
Rationale Task Force. Theatre Studies in Higher Education: Learning for a Lifetime. Booklet. Association for Theatre in Higher Education. August 1997.