CONTACT - paulwkruse@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Teaching Artist Learning Lab
Training in arts-integrated teaching artistry, culminating in a five-week residency
Completed April 2013

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Radio/Television/Film
Certificate in Creative Writing for the Media
Graduated June 2008

PLAYS

  • Boundary Layer, in development, collaboration with poet Jenny Johnson, developed through residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, December 2016 and Crosshatch Center for Art + Ecology’s Hill House in Mancelona, MI, May 2016
  • Driftless, Hatch Arts Collective, August 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA, part of a residency at the New Hazlett Theater
  • Webs, Dreams of Hope, written in collaboration with a performance ensemble for queer and allied youth, January 2016 at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Chickens in the Yard, Adjusted Realists, July 2017 in Brooklyn, NY; Quantum Theatre, November 2015 in Pittsburgh PA, inaugural production of the Gerri Kay New Voices Program; and Hatch Arts Collective, June 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Reasonable Assurance, Hatch Arts Collective, written in collaboration with ensemble of Point Park University undergrads, March 2015 at Bricolage Theater in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Terms of Contract, ten-minute, selected for the February 2015 Theater Festival in Black and White: Multicultural Edition at Pittsburgh Playwright Theatre Company
  • The Lavender Spell, Dreams of Hope, written in collaboration with a performance ensemble for queer and allied youth, December 2014 at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Walldogs, Hatch Arts Collective, July 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Before Pride, Dreams of Hope, written in collaboration with a performance ensemble for queer and allied youth, January 2014 at Kelly Strayhorn Theater’s Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA, touring throughout 2014
  • Kiss, Actors Theatre of Louisville, selected for the 2010 National Ten-Minute Play Contest, published in the May 2011 issue of Dramatics magazine

Videos

  • Kairos Dirt, (2016, co-writer and producer) feature narrative, Best Feature award at Indie Memphis Film Festival 2016 in Memphis, TN
  • Memory Keep(h)er, (2016) series of dance shorts, collaboration with dancer/choreographer Jasmine Hearn, the CURRENT SESSIONS Volume VI, Issue II: Movement Currency, August 2016 in New York City, NY; On site /In site 2016 in Winston Salem, NC; Barnstorm Dance Festival 2016 in Houston, TX; and Afronaut(a) 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Home, (2016) music video created in collaboration with the Dreams of Hope, a performance ensemble for queer and allied youth, distributed online
  • Parallel, (2016, director of photography) short narrative, written and directed by Mia McCullough, The Midwest Independent Film Festival 2016 in Chicago, IL
  • Jasmine+Paul, (2014–2015) series of dance shorts, collaboration with dancer/choreographer Jasmine Hearn, The Outlet Dance Project 2015 in Hamilton, NJ, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers March 2016 Film Kitchen
  • Diq, (2012) short experimental, CNKY Scene Film Festival 2012 in Cincinnati, OH
  • The Year I Broke My Voice, (2011, director of photography) short narrative, Richard Hoggart Cinema at Goldsmiths University in London, UK, 2014; Why Marriage? Arts Festival at Darst Center in Chicago, IL, 2014; De Cavia Filmhuis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2013; Fringe! Film Festival in London, UK, 2013; TranScreen Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2013; Bangalore Queer Film Festival in Bangalore, India, 2013; and The Block Theatre in Evanston, IL, 2013
  • Hold, (2009) short narrative, recipient of a Braff Grant 2008, Chicago, IL
  • Oops, I Missed, (2008) short experimental, Darryl’s HLP Festival 2008 in London/Toronto/New York and Bearded Child Film Festival 2008 in Grand Rapids, MN
  • Cello Lessons, (2006) short narrative, Cannes Film Festival 2006 in France

GRANTS, RESIDENCIES, and Awards

  • 2017 residency at Middlebury College in collaboration with Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer Maree ReMalia’s Movement Matters project, Middlebury, VT
  • 2016 nominee for Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award, from The Pittsburgh Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2016 residency at Yaddo through the 2016 NEA Residency for Collaborative Teams to develop new play Boundary Layer, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 2016 residency at the New Hazlett Theater to produce the new play Driftless, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2016 residency at Crosshatch Center for Art + Ecology’s Hill House Artist Residency to develop new play Boundary Layer, Mancelona, MI
  • 2016 grant from Three Rivers Community Foundation for new play Driftless, Pittsburgh, PA ($4,000)
  • 2016 grant from Puffin Foundation, Ltd. for new play Driftless, Teaneck, NJ ($1,250)
  • 2016 grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation for new play Driftless, Pittsburgh, PA ($8,500)
  • 2016 grant from the Opportunity Fund for new play Driftless and other initiatives with Hatch Arts Collective, Pittsburgh, PA ($10,000)
  • 2015 project stream grant from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for new play Driftless, Pittsburgh, PA ($1,245)
  • 2015 grant from William V. and Catherine A. McKinney Charitable Foundation, managed by PNC Charitable Trusts for new play Driftless, Pittsburgh, PA ($11,500)
  • 2015 the Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative for new play Driftless, Pittsburgh, PA ($12,400)
  • 2015 artist-in-residence at Colorado State University’s Center for the Study of Academic Labor, Fort Collins, CO
  • 2015 fellow with Quantum Theatre’s Gerri Kay New Voices Program, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2014 the Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative for the development and production of a series of new plays, Pittsburgh, PA ($14,000)
  • 2014 residency at PearlArts Studios to develop a new play, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2014 Spark Fund for Early Learning at the Sprout Fund for First Take: Mobile Media Classroom, for media-based arts education, Pittsburgh, PA ($12,000)
  • 2011–2012 filmmaker-in-residence at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

  • Collaboration in the Arts (ARDV0216) a winter term course at Middlebury College in Vermont exploring collaborative practice through performance-making experiments, culminating in a final showing of student work, Winter 2017
  • Reasonable Assurance performance workshop with Hatch Arts Collective at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, Summer 2015
  • Breakfast of Champions media workshop with First Take: Mobile Media classroom at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill, Summer 2015
  • Love Stories media workshop with First Take: Mobile Media classroom and Dreams of Hope at Three Rivers Arts Festival and Pittsburgh Pride, Summer 2015
  • Family Portraits media workshop with First Take: Mobile Media classroom and Dreams of Hope at Cranfest in Cranberry, PA, Spring 2015
  • Video Production 1 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Spring 2015-present
  • Young Playwrights Festival at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA, Fall 2014-present
  • Video Production for Photographers at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Fall 2014-present
  • When I Grow Up media workshop with Gateway to the Arts at Benjamin Franklin Elementary school Spring 2014
  • Motion Picture Fundamentals at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Fall 2013-present
  • A Closer Look media workshop with Gateway to the Arts at Benjamin Franklin Elementary school Spring 2013

EMPLOYMENT

Teaching Artist, August 2012–Present
Various Arts Organizations, Pittsburgh, PA
-playwright teaching artist for Dreams of Hope and City Theatre Company
-film/video teaching artist for Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh Filmmakers Youth Media Program, Gateway to the Arts, and The Marilyn G. Rabb Foundation

Communications Specialist (part-time), January, 2013–Present
GALA Choruses, Pittsburgh, PA
-manages communications for international LGBTQ choral organization

Filmmaker-in-Residence/Cinematography Specialist, January, 2011–August, 2012
Northwestern University, Department of Radio/Television/Film, Evanston, IL
-taught and supported production classes for Radio/Television/Film department
-created "Master Class" initiative, bringing working professionals to speak and offer workshops

Communications Specialist, March, 2009–December, 2010
Chicago and Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Chicago, IL
-collaborated with over 50 Jesuit institutions in the region
-served as the managing editor of a quarterly magazine with a circulation of 40,000