PAUL MEACHAM (Artistic Director)– Mr. Meacham founded Tri-State Actors Theater in 1988, as a non-profit professional theater company that he has guided since its start. As Artistic Director he has directed many of its productions including Brian Friel’s DANCING AT LUGHNASA, Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Edward Albee’s THREE TALL WOMEN, Donald Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES, Martin McDonagh’s THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, and Shakespeare’s ROMEO & JULIET, TWELFTH NIGHT and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. As director of the Intern Training Program for twenty-three seasons, he has staged many children’s plays and musicals, including HEY HO, PINOCCHIO, WINNIE THE POOH; CHARLOTTE’S WEB, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS and STUART LITTLE,. He has appeared professionally as an actor for over forty years. His New York credits include Arthur Miller’s AFTER THE FALL opposite Frank Langella and THE CRUCIBLE (Equity Library Theatre;) FIGHTING BOB (Astor Place Theatre), and THE PASSION OF DRACULA (Cherry Lane Theatre.) As a member New York’s Classic Stage Company, he performed in TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TEMPEST, THE HOMECOMING, THE LADY’S NOT FOR BURNING, WOYZECK, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDERNSTERN ARE DEAD and other classics. A founding member of the WPA Theater in New York, he wrote and directed the musical, CHARLATANS, directed Tevia Abrams’ AND NO CEREMONY, and performed in many of WPA’s innovative and experimental works. He has appeared in TV commercials, on daytime series and in theatrical films, including Sidney Lumet’s PRINCE OF THE CITY. Mr. Meacham adapted and produced Edgar Allen Poe’s WILLIAM WILSON for public television in Tennessee. He has performed in regional theaters across the country, including Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Barter Theater, Pennsylvania Stage, Cohoes Music Hall, George Street Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Missouri Repertory Theater, and New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. In 2009, he was named Best Actor in the region by the TIMES HERALD-RECORD. He has worked with both New Dramatists and the Eugene O’Neill Center in the development of new plays, and established Tri-State Actors Theater’s New Plays Reading Series in 2000. Several of these new works including Sean O’Leary’s RAIN IN THE HOLLOWS, Judilee Oliva’s ON THE SHOWROOM FLOOR, and Tevia Abrams’ ERICA’S LAST MISSION, were subsequently selected for premiere productions at Tri-State. In educational theatre, he developed the theatre program at Wallkill Valley Regional High School, and supervised it for thirteen years. While there he instituted acting classes and started the Young Playwrights Program for students at the school and throughout the county. In 2005, he instituted acting classes at Tri-State for children, teens and adults, and continues teaching the teen classes. He directed Oscar Wilde’s comedy, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNESTat the end of season 2011-12, and staged the musical Children’s classic, WINNIE THE POOH to begin the new season followed by A CHRISTMAS CAROL and the comic thriller, THE 39 STEPS. Mr. Meacham is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.