For the past six years Paul Melone has overseen and executed all aspects of physical production for over 35 plays, musicals, cabarets, and special events for SpeakEasy Stage Company. In 2003 Paul began working full time as SpeakEasy's Production Manager and in 2005, his commitment to SpeakEasy expanded further as he took on the title and tasks of General Manager. Paul graduated from Boston University's School of Fine Arts in 2000 with a degree in Theater Studies. He began his work in professional theater as a scenic carpenter, and later as Assistant to Artistic Director Robert Walsh at the American Stage Festival in Milford, NH. In addition to his work with SpeakEasy, Paul directed A Fair Affair, an original play produced by Boston University (a finalist in the American College Theatre Festival and presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C). Since then he has had the privilege of working with many of Boston's finest theater artists. Directing credits at SpeakEasy include: The Moonlight Room, Our Lady of 121st Street and The Shape of Things, Boston Theatre Marathon entries American Terrorist, The Missing Bagel Factor, No Cigar andOutside the Box. Paul has done numerous staged readings for Boston Theatre Works, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, and the American Stage Festival. He directed TheatreZone's Curse of the Starving Class and ventured into academic theater with Things Beyond Our Control at Brandeis University Theater Department.
Paul continues to do freelance work as a technician, consultant, acting coach, and manager. He served as production manager for Jacques Brel during its move from Gloucester Stage to the Stuart Street Playhouse Second Stage. In 2006 he was both production and stage manager for Forest for the Trees – a benefit concert for John Beresford at the Cutler Majestic. Beginning In 2003 Paul managed the first live stage production of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn for WGBH radio. In 2005, after two successful holiday seasons at the Somerville Theatre he helped transition the show to its current home at the Cutler Majestic theatre, where he continues work with what is fast becoming one of Boston's holiday traditions. His latest project is Neil LaBute's controversial Off-Broadway hitFat Pig, premiering at SpeakEasy in March of 2007.
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