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Born in Nottingham Paul lives in Munich and is a British and German citizen

Education: First class degree Bristol, University Drama Department

Artistic Director of TNT theatre, Artistic Director of the American Drama Group Europe

Associate director of Teatro Espressivo de Costa Rica, 

Regular director at Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre


Formerly artistic director of South Yorkshire theatre workshop and

Bristol Gate theatre

Visiting director at St Petersburg State Comedy theatre (Akimov), Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), Tams Theater München, Shanghai Farce Troupe, St Petersburg State Theatre Experimenta, Paragon Ensemble Glasgow, Glyptothek München

Awards include Arts Achievement award Singapore, Shandong theatre festival, Shanghai Comedy Festival, Dawn Arts Festival Tehran, Government of Costa Rica, Munich Biennale, Edinburgh Festival 5 stars and medal of inception into the order of the British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace in the Queen's Birthday honours list 2014

As an actor Paul has performed for over 20 years in leading roles across the world


"Paul Stebbings is one of the great European clowns" The Guardian

"Paul Stebbings has enormous stage presence": Village Voice, New York


Paul has directed in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Shanghaiese, French, Russian, Arabic, Greek, German and an invented sound-scape language

As a playwright, usually working with Dramaturg Phil Smith, Paul has written over thirty professionally performed plays ranging from the original TNT production HARLEQUIN (1980) - a commedia dell 'arte about Meyerhold, Stanislavski, Stalin and the failure of artistic and political Revolution - to the recent FREE MANDELA, the struggle against apartheid from both Nelson and Winnie Mandelas perspective (2019-20)

Notable productions include:


Shakespeare plays

Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar

Known Plays

Death of a Salesman, A Streetcar Named Desire, Pygmalion, Lord of the Flies


Original adaptations of prose/novels

Oliver Twist, Moby Dick, A Christmas Carol, The Ghost of Edgar Allen Poe, Notre Dame de Paris, Brave New World, The Grapes of Wrath, The Wave, Moon Palace, Don Quijote


Music theatre

Cabaret Faust, The Wizard of Jazz, Invisible Cities, The Musical Seminar


Original plays

Harlequin, Hitler killed my canary, Funny Money, My Sister Syria, Martin Luther King, The Murder of Sherlock Holmes,  Free Mandela, The Charlie Chaplin Putsch



History, all arts, travel, beer, long distance cycling (These can all be combined)

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