Beginner's Guide to Paul Budraitis Feb 2, 2011

by Jessica

Getting ready for (IN)STABILITY this weekend? Here are a few quick things to know about Paul Budraitis:

1. Budraitis spent 7 ½ years studying and making theater in Lithuania. Originally going over there as a Fullbright Fellow, he stayed and began to study theater with such luminaries as Jonas Vaitkus before becoming a director in his own right.

2. While Budraitis is taking on the roles of writer and performer in (IN)STABILITY, he’s frequently worked in Seattle as a director. After returning from Lithuania he worked on shows such as King Lear (Rough Play Productions) and Edmond (Balagan Theater). Read more about that in this feature on the SunBreak.

3. When Budraitis first moved to Seattle he was deeply involved in the theater scene. His worked spanned from pieces at Annex Theater to Degenerate Art Ensemble, including DAE’s first work in what was then OtB’s new building. Watch a clip from that performance.

4. Budraitis continues to perform internationally and has been seen recently in Finnish director Kristian Smeds’ Cherry Orchard. The site specific, multimedia piece cast performers according to not just their performance chops, but also to how their personal lives matched their characters. Last summer the performance was live-streamed as part of the prestigious Theater der Welt festival in Germany. Check out the teaser trailer for Cherry Orchard.

5. Budraitis is also a teacher, passing on both his knowledge of biomechanics and ensemble work. He’s currently working with students at Cornish College of the Arts.

BONUS: A few things to know about (IN)STABILITY director Sean Ryan
1. Sean has a background directing some incredible works. He brought the West Coast premiere of Sarah Kane’s Crave to Seattle and also directed Allen Johnson’s Another You, a piece that toured internationally after having its world premiere at OtB. Watch the trailer for Another You for

2. Ryan also has a background in dance. In recent years he’s been featured as a company member with Scott/Powell Performance and was one of the 5 dancers in Mark Haim’s Goldberg Variations.

3. Some of you may also recognize Ryan as a member of the OtB team. He’s our Regional Programs & Facilities Director – you’ve probably seen him at 12 Minutes Max and NW New Works, both of which he runs!