Paul Budraitis is a director, actor, writer, and solo performer, as well as a teacher of acting and stage movement. In Seattle, he has worked with On the Boards, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Annex Theatre, New City Theatre, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others.
In 2001, Paul received a State Department Fulbright grant to pursue a master’s degree in theatre directing from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LMTA) in Vilnius, Lithuania, under the mentorship of visionary theatre director Jonas Vaitkus. Upon completing his studies, Paul worked extensively in Lithuania, collaborating with the National Drama Theatre of Lithuania, the State Youth Theatre of Lithuania, the Kaunas State Drama Theatre, and Oskaras Koršunovas/Vilnius City Theatre (OKT). He has assisted directors Jonas Vaitkus and Oskaras Koršunovas, and most recently worked as an actor with innovative Finnish director Kristian Smeds on a contemporary re-imagining of Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard”.
As a teacher, Paul has worked as a lecturer in the acting and directing faculty of the LMTA, and has taught the “biomechanics” technique of Russian theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold at the LMTA, as well as to students at Cornish College of the Arts and the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik, Iceland. He holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the LMTA and a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.