Playwright and Multimedia Artist
Paul William Kruse is a film/video maker and playwright from Western Wisconsin. He recently moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after living for eight years in Chicago, Illinois. Paul creates stories for stage and screen that play with traditional forms of narrative. He strives to challenge the context in which such work is produced and shared. He has particular interest in the intersection of religion and sexuality, queer identity, spirituality in contemporary culture, and the ever-evolving experience of family. He seeks to express moments of transcendence in his work. Paul also has a fascination with science fiction and fantasy stories and the creation of alternate realities.
Paul has shown short narrative work at Cannes Film Festival in France (2006); Darryl’s HLP Festival in London, Toronto, and New York (2008); Bearded Child Film Festival in Grand Rapids, MN (2008); and CNKY Scene Film Festival in Cincinnati, OH (2012). In 2010 his short play Kiss was produced as part of the National Ten-Minute Play Contest at that Humana Festival in Louisville, KY. Kiss went on to be published in the May 2011 issue of Dramatics magazine. Paul received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 2008. He worked most recently as filmmaker in residence at his alma mater.