1. Describe the rehearsal process.
The rehearsal process is very collaborative. It's one part open forum where ideas are exchanged, and one part clearly focused traditional rehearsal. Both parts lead to the same result-the best show we can deliver.
2. Describe your Paradoja experience.
I've been with it since the beginning and was part of helping it come to life, so my experience is a little different than everyone else's (except Mike, of course). My role as producer/director is to make sure that what you see on stage is true to the vision in our heads. That being said, I've had the privilege of watching some very, very talented young people develop their talents within our unique world. Mike Pagano has gone from "kid with a dream" to "creative force" and one of the most exciting performers on this long island of ours (bold statement, yes, but those who would disagree have never seen him). The entire cast is phenomenal, and having worked with many of them before Paradoja, it's a great thrill for me to continue to see them and create theater with them.
3. What sets Paradoja apart from other shows?
It's unique, original, and unlike anything happening around it. The only thing like Paradoja is Paradoja. The concept is unique, the collaboration is unique, and it's fearless.
4. What is Paradoja's philosophy?
Only Mike can truly answer this question.
5. Do you have a favorite character or scene?
"The Barber of Seville" from Paradoja: Grindhouse, and "Growing Up" from Vice Versa.
6. What have you learned from Paradoja?
It's made me a better director, producer, and tech director. Finding creative solutions for our shows is something that I very much enjoy. Technically, we've gotten better and better with each production. I've learned that with some creativity and a dedicated team, magic