Paul Stein has directed theatre productions and solo shows in the United States and internationally, at various venues and festivals, including UCLA’s The Center for the Art of Performance, Beverly Hills Playhouse, P.S. 122, Symphony Space, soloNova and the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Recent directing highlights are Leonard Nimoy’s Vincent starring Jean-Michel Richaud in Paris, France, at Cine’ 13 Theatre; Antonio Sacre’s Let Them Eat Meat, winner of “Best Storyteller” at United Solo; and W. Kamau Bell’s The Bell Curve: Ending Racism In About An Hour at theatres across the country.
Paul is the artistic producer and conceiver of The Car Plays, a site-specific event that has received critical praise and mentions in Time Magazine, American Theatre and The New York Times. Previous Car Plays shows include: The Car Plays: San Diego (garnering the Craig Noel Award for “Outstanding Special Event” by the S.D. Theater Critics Circle); The Car Plays: Interchange at the La Jolla Playhouse for their "WithOutWalls" 2013 & 2015 Festivals; The Car Plays: L.A. Stories at the RADAR L.A. Festival (REDCAT & Public Theater, Producers); and for the Segerstrom Center’s "Off Center" Festivals in Costa Mesa.
Currently, Paul is the executive producer of the Comedy Central Stage, a Los Angeles development venue sponsored by the television network. Formerly the associate producer of the HBO Workspace and artistic director of Moving Arts, he is the founder of The Solo Collective, the nation's only solo performance theatre company. A graduate of LACC Theatre Academy, Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal State, Los Angeles, and is a proud member of both the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
"Paul Stein's The Car Plays is a brilliant and inventive concept, a kaleidoscope of situations that draw snap-shot portraits from life, with soulful acting and cinematic detail that's so close to home and physically intimate that it blurs the distinctions between theater and life."
- LA Weekly