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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Risk/Reward profile: PAUL BUDRAITIS

In anticipation of the Risk/Reward Festival on Saturday, we’re presenting daily profiles of the artists involved.

Today's topic: Paul Budraitis (performing in the 5pm showcase).

Paul is a Seattle-based director, actor, and writer, as well as a teacher of acting and stage movement. As a Fulbright grantee, he studied directing at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy under the mentorship of visionary theatre director Jonas Vaitkus.

For Not. Stable. At all, which he just performed at the NW New Works Festival and will present in its entirety at On the Boards in February 2011, he is collaborating with director Sean Ryan (who, by the way, will be on the panel about festivals in the northwest on Sunday, in his role as On the Boards' Regional Programs & Facilities Manager).

Jerry saw this piece at NW New Works and was blown away by its honesty and sense of danger. The Seattle Times says that “the raw, fervid desire and sense of danger radiating from Budraitis' stage presence, were potent,” and Jeremy Barker of the SunBreak talks about an earlier version of the show here.

We are honored to bring Paul and Sean to Portland, and can’t wait to see how this piece evolves.

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