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Paul Davis

Positions:President, Executive Director, Actor

Age: 20

Director: Python & Poison, Grimhilde, Little Shop of Horrors, Addams Family: A New Musical, Give & Take, Pippin

Actor: Guys and Dolls, Into the Woods, Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, An Inspector Calls, Charm of Preparedness

 

Some people see theatre as a system of entertainment, something one can watch to feel any array of emotions one wishes. Others see theatre as a form of art in which all things have a deeper meaning, however, never are to be translated into real life. Others yet, see theatre as a facade in which creators hide behind. Theatre, to me, is a combination of these three views. I believe that theatre is something in which entertainment, meaning, and sanctuary can be found. I do, however, also believe that it is much more than just that. Theatre is an expression of one's life. It is a way to tell stories that are born in a world of imagination and can only be portrayed through such a world. It is an escape to those who are lost and weary, or an instigator for feelings one wishes to possess. To be brief, theatre is so much more than one, simple, definition. I have a deep passion for theatre for this exact reason. I am enthralled by its ability to be so much more than one thing.

Performing arts is a major part of my life. It is something that I have always loved and will always strive to be the very best I can be in. My passion for performing arts started when I was very young. My parents took us to go see the annual summer musical at the Forest Theatre. After watching Peter Pan one summer, I vividly remember going up to the stage, putting my hand on it, and telling my parents that I wanted to perform on that stage. As I grew older, my passion and ability grew as well until I was finally able to perform on the stage of my dreams, at the Forest Theatre. After my first show, I was hooked. I knew that this was my calling. I went on to perform in many other shows and my passion grew and expanded. My sophomore year of high school, I got the opportunity to write and direct a short skit to be performed in a small review show. It was a major success and I knew I didn't want to stop. I went on to write and direct a full review show that was performed the following year. I found a great passion in the directing and writing of theatre and have been growing ever since.

From those roots I was able to go on to start a new theatre company, Paraphrase Productions. With the one goal of bettering my art as well as the art of those around me, it was obvious that this company needed to be something new and something different. I wanted Paraphrase Productions to be a safe place for young adults to learn and grow as actors, directors, choreographers, stage managers, etc. After our first production, Little Shop of Horrors, we quickly grew and gained recognition. Then, my dream came true. In the summer of 2016 Paraphrase Productions partnered with the Forest Theater Guild to produce Addams Family: A New Musical. I was able to direct for the Forest Theater. My dream came true. Addams Family: A New Musical was a major success and allowed Paraphrase to grow even more.

I cant help but thank God for all that He has given me and all that He has done. I don't know what lies ahead of me or what plan He has set for my life. One thing I do know, Performing Arts has been a driving force in my life, and I know I will always yearn towards it.

I am currently attending BIOLA University, located in Los Angeles and am pursuing a major in Theater (with a concentration in directing). 

WRITTEN BY Paul Davis