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Paul Adolphsen

Paul Adolphsen is a dramaturg, writer, and educator originally from Seattle, WA. He has an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and B.A. degrees in Theatre and English Literature from Seattle Pacific University. As a dramaturg Paul has worked with Book-It Repertory Theatre (Seattle, WA), Hartford Stage Company (CT), Five College Opera (MA), Silverthorne Theatre Company (MA), and Vashon Opera (WA). From 2015-2016 he was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Paul's writing about theatre and performance has been published in Theatre Journal and on howlround.com, and he has written dramaturgical material for Penumbra Theatre Company (MN). He’s currently serving as the Allen Lee Hughes Literary Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. 

Interview with Thando Doni
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Interview with Thando Doni

15 October 2016

In this last installment, Paul Adolphsen interviews South African theatremaker Thando Doni about his artistic use of language and physical theatre.

Illuminated Histories and Imagined Futures
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Illuminated Histories and Imagined Futures

The 2016 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa

9 September 2016

Paul Adolphsen on the 2016 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Interview with Jayne Batzofin
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Interview with Jayne Batzofin

30 August 2016

In this installment, Paul Adolphsen interviews South African director Jayne Batzofin about her journey to directing and her work with the Chaeli Campaign

Interview with RUST Co-Operative
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Interview with RUST Co-Operative

20 June 2016

In this first installment, Paul Adolphsen interviews Philip Rademeyer and Penny Youngelson, the co-founding members of South Africa’s Rust Co-Operative who will present two pieces at the National Arts Festival.

A Flourishing Theatre
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A Flourishing Theatre

Satire and Political Critique at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa

25 August 2015

Paul Adolphsen explores major themes of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Posters for the National Arts Festival.
Past, Present, and Future Collide
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Past, Present, and Future Collide

The 40th Annual National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa

26 August 2014

Paul Adolphsen covers the 40th anniversary of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, looking at the works exploring legacy and South Africa's first democratic elections.

South African Theatre Artists at National Arts Festival
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South African Theatre Artists at National Arts Festival

A nation characterized by its Apartheid legacy and struggle for liberation, we hear the story of a South Africa reborn, and the art at its center, through the voices of some of its most dynamic artists.