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Paul Boesing


PAUL BOESING, during a span of fifty years in the theater, has done nearly everything.
In New York City in the early sixties he was a member of Joe Chaikin's Open Theater
Workshop. He moved to Minneapolis in 1965 to join the Firehouse Theater, where he was
a leading member of the ensemble. In 1968, he was an original member of Peter Brook's
International Workshop in Paris and London. In Mpls. he met his former wife, Martha, and
they created many songs and music-dramas together. Paul's acting career has taken him to many regional theater centers, including St. Paul, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Madison. As a singing/actor he played many leading roles in the oldest and largest dinner theatre in the country at Chanhassen, MN. Paul has appeared in several seasons of The Nebraska
Shakespeare Festival, playing Polonius in HAMLET, and King Lear, among other roles.
As a composer Paul has written hundreds of songs, and many works for the theater, from
musical comedy to opera. He has written several scores for The Nebraska Shakespeare
Festival. He set a Gertrude Stein play (PHOTOGRAPH) to music which was inspired by
Al Çarmines' musical theater works. For Madison Repertory Theater, he created a score for live glass instruments, performed by world- renowned glass harmonica player, Dennis James. Paul created a song/dance/theater piece for Tom Bogdan ( who has sung with Meredith Monk's ensemble) using the poems of W.H. Auden. The premiere was presented in New York City in Februrary 1999. Recently, his WACHSENDEN RINGEN, a song cycle for mezzo-soprano and chamber ensemble set to the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, was premiered in Omaha. Last summer the music-drama, MOTHERS OF LUDLOW, premiered at the Youth Musical Theatre Company in Berkeley. Paul holds an undergraduate degree in Music and Theatre from Indiana University and a MFA in Voice from the University of Mineesota