Actors and Playwrights Collaborative
The Actors and Playwrights Collaborative was founded by Philip Paradis in 2010 to provide an incubator for new plays. In 2011 Phil teamed with Bob G. Elkins to develop the scope of APC and include more core actors, directors, and playwrights in the ongoing workshops. The goal was to get local actors and directors working with local playwrights on scripts-in-progress and to begin creative collaborations that would stimulate imaginative and creative energy, resulting in on-going workshops that would pair interested and available actors with equally committed directors and playwrights, and eventually result in scripts ready for stage production. So far,so good! Scripts developed at APC have gone on to be produced in San Diego, California, Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Cincinnati, OH and Washington, DC.
Playwright Phil Paradis
Phil has been writing all his life. Known primarily as a poet and critic for many years, Phil authored three poetry collections and hundreds of poems before he began writing plays twenty years ago. His first play to be produced was A Bag of Groceries in 2005. In 2011 his short Sunny Side Up was produced at the 9th Annual North Park Playwrights Festival in San Diego, California. Phil’s full length play with music Soldiers’ Christmas (based on the Christmas Truce of 1914) was a semi-finalist in the Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2011 New Play Competition. His The Holey Swiss Duet and Hellp Line were presented in October at Cake Town COMEDY JAM! at the Village Players Theatre in Fort Thomas, KY. The world premiere of his Footprints of the Polar Bear directed by Arnie Shayne won the Cincinnati Directors Competition in 2008. Phil’s comedy-drama A Bag of Groceries premiered in the 2005 Cincy Fringe Festival. His one act drama Carpe Diem was produced at the 2009 Spring Briefs Festival in Cincinnati. His second full length Red Badge, Black Riders (based on the life of author Stephen Crane) received a workshop and stage reading directed by Greg Proccacino with Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati’s Theatre of the Mind and CPI’s New Voices Series in 2006. A university English professor for twenty years, Phil is a former president of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.