Paul Klees has been an acting and theater instructor since 1985.
He's developed programs for Newport Beach and Costa Mesa High Schools.
He was Visiting Lecturer in Theater at Pomona College, teaching Acting II and History of the Theater for the prestigious Theater Department for the Claremont Colleges.
Was a judge and host for the MACY Awards for High School musical theater in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
Was managing director of GuyWriters Theater Company and founding member of Left Coast Theater Company in San Francisco.
Is an actor, director and playwright with over 40 years experience at the Grove Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, CalArts, The Matrix Theater, the Wooden O, and other companies.
I began my theatrical journey at Pomona College as a relative newcomer to performance. My background was as a writer and a nascent storyteller, and I had enrolled in a few classes in the Theater department to gain a better understanding about the art of theater and the craft of playwriting. While my professors at Pomona were outstanding, I don't know that I would have had the passion for theater or if I would have ever crossed over into performance had I not met Paul, who was an assistant in the department at the time. That's the type of impact Paul has on those that have the fortune of spending some time under his tutelage. Not only does Paul have a breadth of knowledge and insight into the academic aspects of theater and its many disciplines, but his charismatic personality embodies the very essence of theater. One moment, we might be discussing how the 'mie' pose from Kabuki fits into Western style theater, and the next Paul will be demonstrating 'mie' to hilariously punctuate his thoughts. Ultimately, the essence of theater is not just the form, the history, the performance, or even the technical craft, it's the human element that binds all these together. Paul is one of those rare people who has the ability to not only explain this, but to show how the pieces all fit together. Yato Yoshida Founding Member - 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors Advisory Board Member - Bindlestiff Studio, San Francisco
There are teachers and mentors whose impact is so profound that one’s course cannot help but be influenced by them. Paul Klees was among the educators in my life who affirmed, molded, honed and taught me to nourish my passion for theater - shepherding my journey into the performing arts. To this day, I carry with me the positive experiences I had as an emerging artist under Paul's direction. His complexity, humor and depth are infectious and inform one’s craft in wonderful ways.
Paul Klees had a major influence on me as an artist and as a person. He’s a director and acting teacher with an uncanny ability to cut through artifice, kitsch, and intellectual laziness in an effort to get to the very bone of character, theme, and nuance even in the most difficult material. The joy and intellect he brought to and encouraged in the work I did with him has stuck with me throughout my career as an actor and as a director. Without a doubt, Paul’s artistry and generosity gave me the tools and the personal confidence to dig deep and to stay true to the work. He’s also just a damn funny guy and a blast to work with - I’d encourage anyone to learn from him.
The most positive and influential director I ever had the pleasure of working with during my formative years was Paul Klees. Paul carries the unique ability to create both a nurturing and creatively stimulating environment for his actors. He takes excellent care of the characters in his charge, as well as the humans who inhabit them, providing great freedom of exploration, as well as powerful guidance. Paul created a safe space on the stage in which I felt safe taking risks, releasing the often-crippling adolescent self-consciousness, working and playing harder than I had ever previously allowed myself. I survived high school, and actually enjoyed some of it, thanks in large part to the dedication, talent, and compassion of this excellent director and wonderful human being.
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