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Paul Michael Thomson is a Chicago-based actor who is a lot more fun than this brooding three-quarter shot may suggest.

Originally from Mesa, Arizona, Paul Michael began acting at a young age, playing the titular role in Anton Chekhov's Ivanov at just four years old. Just kidding. He was seven, and it was The Wizard of Oz. By the time he was thirteen, he had signed with a major Arizona agency, filmed commercial work, performed on stages across the valley, and gotten the sex talk. He spent his most formative adolescent years performing with Valley Youth Theatre, Desert Stages, and Greasepaint Youtheatre. He is genuinely grateful for the lessons he learned during this time, like how to be a part of an ensemble and what not to sing at an audition. (Apparently, "Send in the Clowns" is "not appropriate" for a "sixteen-year-old boy.")

Paul Michael graduated summa cum laude from the BFA Acting program through the Arizona Repertory Theatre conservatory at the University of Arizona.
Bear down! He also holds a BA in Africana Studies and minors in Spanish and Art History. While in college, he worked as the host of Campus Health TV, tutored student athletes through CATS Academics, served as the president of Theta Alpha Phi, and volunteered with Big Brothers and Big Sister of Tucson. Keeping busy helped Paul Michael to stay away from the dangers of college, like cocaine and OKCupid.

Paul Michael moved to Chicago two weeks after graduation, more for the winters than anything! He is proud to work in a city that is so supportive of its artists. He is incredibly grateful to live here.

In his spare time, Paul Michael likes to go for runs, work out, and then tell everyone how sore he is! He hopes you'll find this site both fun and professional, like a cool field trip, and that you'll forgive him for writing his bio in the third-person.