Emmy-nominated actor Andy Paris joins the School of Drama, teaching devised theater. As a founding member of Tectonic Theater Project, he helped develop Moment Work, a technique for theatrical exploration and interdisciplinary collaboration. Earlier this year he published “Moment Work: Tectonic Theater Project’s Process of Devising Theater” with Vintage Press. Using the Moment Work technique, he co-created “The Laramie Project,” one of the most-frequently produced plays over the last 25 years.
He has taught the technique for the past 10 years at New York University, DePaul, Bucknell, Amherst College, University of Northern Iowa and Missouri State University. In 2002, he received an Emmy Award nomination for “The Laramie Project” on HBO. He’s appeared in numerous off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway productions, and recorded “Smile,” a radio play for NPR, and countless audio books for authors including Jodi Picoult, Nathaniel Fick, Wendy Mass and Ursula Le Guinn. Recent directing credits include “Momentum” at Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, the world premiere of “Uncommon Sense” at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and also at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. Paris completed a B.F.A. with honors at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.