Paul Draper

Paul Draper

SSU Director of Sustainability
Director of the Acting Program

Office Location: Ives 111
Office Phone: (707) 664-3904
E-mail Address:
Office Hours: Wednesday 5pm-6pm and by Appt.





What I Do at SSU

As Director of the Acting Program, I teach Acting Fundamentals, Text and Scene Study and Characterization and in the upper division Block program, I teach Shakespeare, Büchner, Brecht and Comedy.  I also teach the Directing Workshop. One of my favorite activities in the department is directing productions in our season of performances.  I enjoy advising all acting majors and minors as well.  

My Bio

Paul Draper is Professor of Theatre Arts and Director of the Acting Program. From 2005-2012 served as the chair of the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance and in 2013 he was appointed Sonoma State University’s first Director of Sustainability.   Previously he served as resident director with the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis and has taught at the Universities of Tennessee and Minnesota.  He has twice been a Guest Artist with the University of Minnesota/ Guthrie Theatre BFA Acting Program.  Mr. Draper is a member and past Vice President for Advocacy of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE.)  Professor Draper holds a MFA in Directing from Columbia University (NY) and a BSS Theatre Studies and Acting from Northwestern University.  

Directing credits include: She Kills Monsters, Molière A-Go-Go, Up 'n Under, Shakers Re-stirred, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rock 'n' Roll, The Imaginary Invalid, Romeo and Juliet, The Learned Ladies, Ring ‘Round the Moon, Big Love, Cabaret, Spring Awakening, Twelfth Night, Amadeus, Oleanna, She Loves Me, The Monkey King and Other Children’s Tales from Around the World, The Show-Off, Measure for Measure, Alfred Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe, Cymbeline, Voice of the Prairie, Shimmer, Talking With, The Swan, That Time, Force of Habit, and Marie and Bruce.