John Paulsen moved to Seattle from a farm in Iowa. He has been performing on stage and in film. John is a writer, actor, director, teacher, and solo performer.
background includes study at Freehold Theatre with Robin Lynn Smith and
Toni Pasqualini, study in Meyerhold Biomechanics with George Lewis, and
master classes with the Peter Brooke Company.|
For many years John worked with Johnny Klein as one of "The Johns" creating original works such as, Laughs and Claps, Los Angeles, Truck Stop, and Lucky Sorrow, many of which were performed for Printer's Devil Theatre.
Working with the Rachel Rosenthal Company, John performed in the 2000 Bald Ambition Festival in Los Angeles. In 2004, John presented Eggs and Toast, an original movement piece created with Jessica Jobaris, at Dances for a Small Stage in Vancouver, B.C.
Jobaris and George Lewis, John founded threeCompany, a movement theatre
group. The company's first work, Door Stories was presented at The East
Hall Theatre in April of 2006.|
Two of John's original works have been made into short films: Greg, an excerpt from Doolymoog and Eggs and Toast, both directed by Vincent Ruiz. Eggs and Toast was presented at Northwest Film Forum in their Dance on Film series.
|John's approach to solo theatre is not
to stand and tell stories about himself, but to engage the audience
through exciting physicality, imaginative use of props and space and an
ever-surprising change of location, story and character. John's work
combines elements of dance, characterization, story telling and
clowning, together with sheer imaginative whimsy fashioning his own
brand of physical theatre that winks towards the ironic.