Paul Michael Thomson began writing plays under the direction of Susan Merson and the Ensemble Studio Theatre at the New York Theatre Intensives in 2014. Ms. Merson was brilliant, and Paul Michael knew nothing, so they both surely got something out of it. Upon his return to the University of Arizona, three of Paul Michael's works received fully staged presentations through the sponsorship of the co-ed theatre fraternity, Theta Alpha Phi. It was after these presentations that Paul Michael knew he wanted to hear people say, "I loved that!" and "That was so annoying," again and again and again.
An excerpt from his play Mainstream was featured in Arizona Repertory Theatre's 2015 Showcase of Talent, where it was seen by casting directors and talent agents from across the United States, and at the beginning of 2016, Paul Michael received the M. E. H. Lewis Memorial Scholarship from Chicago Dramatists, which provided him the opportunity to continue his writing education in a new market. He was honored to continue M. E. H. Lewis's legacy here in Chicago.
A workshop of Paul Michael's full-length play, Leave Me Alone, was held in Chicago in early 2017. Leave Me Alone is an adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first play, Ivanov, which critics nearly unanimously agree is simultaneously boring, wrought, and melodramatic. It seemed like the perfect fit.
In 2018, Paul Michael will have his Chicago playwrighting premiere! His play Same Sects! has been selected for Other Theatre Company's Other Ways to Resist festival and will receive both a professional staged reading and a fully-produced production in 2018. Stay tuned for updates!
Writing samples and full scripts are available upon request, but only if you say please.