Paul Lazar has co-directed and acted in works for Big Dance since 1991, including commissions from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Classic Stage Company and Japan Society.
Outside of Big Dance, Paul directed Christina Masciotti’s Social Securityat the Bushwick Starr(2015), Elephant Room at St. Ann’s Warehouse for the company Rainpan 43(2012), and Young Jean Lee’s Obie Award winning, We’re Gonna Die (2011). He directed a new version of We’re Gonna Die in 2015, featuring David Byrne, at the Meltdown Festival in London. He also directed Bodycast: An Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Frances McDormand for BAM Next Wave Festival (2014); and Major Bang for The Foundry Theatre at St. Ann’s Warehouse. Paul has performed with The Wooster Group, acting in Brace Up!, Emperor Jones, North Atlantic and The Hairy Ape. His awards include two Bessies (2010, 2002), the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award (2007), and the Prelude Festival’s Frankie Award in 2014, as well an Obie Award for Big Dance in 2000.
Paul currently teaches at New York University. He taught in the Theatre, Dance and Media Department at Harvard University (Spring 2018). He has also taught at Yale, Rutgers, Barnard, The William Esper Studio and The Michael Howard Studio.