Paul Lazar

Paul Lazar

Co-Director, Big Dance Theatre
Director, Three Americanisms (Spring 2018)
Visiting Lecturer, TDM 193: Choreographing Theatre (Spring 2018)
Paul Lazar

Paul Lazar founded Big Dance Theater in 1991 with Annie-B Parson. His work with the company includes conceiving, directing and/or performing in such works as “17c” (BAM) Supernatural Wife (BAM), Comme Toujours Here I Stand (The Kitchen), PLAN B, Mac Wellman’s Antigone, Another Telepathic Thing, Shunkin, Mac Wellman’s Girl Gone, Tristan Tzara’s The Gas Heart, Ödon von Horvath’s Don Juan Returns from the War and Fassbinder’s Bremen Freedom. Paul directed Young Jean Lee’s “We’re Gonna Die” which was reprised in London at the Meltdown Festival in London featuring David Byrne. Other directing cred- its include “Bodycast” with Fran McDormand (BAM), Christina Masciotti’s “Social Security” (Bushwick Starr) “Major Bang” (for The Foundry Theatre) at Saint Ann’s Warehouse. Mr. Lazar has appeared in The Wooster Group’s North Atlantic, Brace Up!, Emperor Jones and The Hairy Ape. Other acting credits include “Tamburlaine” directed by Sir Michael Boyd, “The Three Sisters” directed by Austin Pendleton, Marie Irene Fornes’ Mudd, Richard Maxwell’s Cowboys and Indians, Young Jean Lee’s “Lear”, “The False Servant” and “Richard The Third” directed by Brian Kulick. He is an instructor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has taught Acting, Direct- ing or Theatre History at Yale University, SUNY Purchase, Rutgers University, The Bill Esper Studio and The Michael Howard Studio. He is currently teaching at the Theater, Dance and Media concentration at Harvard. Paul’s lm career includes roles in Silence of the Lambs, Mickey Blue Eyes, Lorenzo’s Oil, Philadelphia, The Host and Snowpiercer as well as numerous other lms and television shows.



  • Choreographing Theatre