Paul Budraitis is a Seattle-based director, actor, writer, and solo performer, as well as a teacher of acting, stage movement, and interdisciplinary art. In Seattle, Paul has worked with Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, New City Theatre, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Cafe Nordo, Annex Theatre, Balagan Theatre, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. His solo performance (IN)STABILITY was commissioned and produced by On the Boards, and his production of David Mamet's Edmond received a Seattle Times "Footlight Award". At Seattle Repertory Theatre, Paul directed the world premiere of Elizabeth Heffron's Bo-Nita.
Paul was the recipient of a State Department Fulbright grant to study theatre directing at the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy (LMTA) in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he earned his master's degree under the mentorship of visionary theatre director Jonas Vaitkus. In Lithuania, Paul worked with the National Drama Theatre of Lithuania, the State Youth Theatre of Lithuania, the Kaunas State Drama Theatre, and Oskaras Koršunovas/Vilnius City Theatre (OKT). He assisted directors Jonas Vaitkus and Oskaras Koršunovas, and as an actor, he collaborated with acclaimed Finnish director Kristian Smeds on a contemporary re-imagining of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, which was performed in Lithuania, as well as in Vienna (as part of the renowned Vienna Festival). Last year, Paul created a new adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, which he directed at Cornish College of the Arts, and this fall, he directed the world premiere of Emily Conbere's Knocking Bird at West of Lenin Theatre in Fremont, as well as the remount of Cafe Nordo's Sauced at their new home in Pioneer Square.