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. After he returned the University of Arizona, Paul Michael received received fully staged presentations of three of his short plays through the sponsorship of the co-ed theatre fraternity, Theta Alpha Phi—of which he was the president. So basically he just put on his own plays. 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.
His play Lucas and Joy was accepted into the Wunjo [Mark III] edition of The Neologian, a Chicago-based periodical.
In 2018, Paul Michael had his Chicago playwrighting premiere! His play Same Sects! was selected for Other Theatre Company's Other Ways to Resist festival and received both a professional staged reading and a fully-produced production at North Central College.
His full-length play, Leave Me Alone! ran at The Story Theatre from July 26—August 12. It was called “fresh and timely, contemporary and smart” (Chicago Theatre Review), “sort of brilliant” (Chicago On Stage), and “well-meant but clumsy and reductive” (Chicago Reader, ouch!). Leave Me Alone! was named one of the “Favorite ‘Under the Radar’ Plays of 2018” by The Heath Fund, who see over 300 Chicago plays a year.
His play Artemis Books & the Well-Meaning Man received its world-premiere staged reading on March 13, 2019 through The Story Theatre at the historic Raven Theatre to a crowd of nearly 100 beautiful folx. He feels very lucky that some of his favorite collaborators got to breathe life into his words once again.
Artemis Books & the Well-Meaning Man received a private reading at 16th Street Theatre on October 2nd. Receiving this opportunity from this company was a huge, huge compliment and unendingly affirming.
Writing samples and full scripts are available upon request, but only if you say please.