Paul Budraitis is a director, actor, writer, and solo performer, as well as a teacher of acting, stage movement, and interdisciplinary art. In Seattle, he has worked with On the Boards, New City Theatre, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, Annex Theatre, Balagan Theatre, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. His solo performance (IN)STABILITY premiered at On the Boards in February 2011, and as a director, his production of David Mamet's Edmond received a Seattle Times "Footlight Award" as one of the best productions of 2010.
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 has assisted directors Jonas Vaitkus and Oskaras Koršunovas, and has worked as an actor on a contemporary re-imagining of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, directed by acclaimed Finnish director Kristian Smeds and performed both in Lithuania, as well as at the Vienna Festival. An excerpt of his new solo work Clear Blue Sky premiered at On the Boards' as a part of the Northwest New Works Festival in June 2013, and he is currently directing the premiere of Elizabeth Heffron's Bo-Nita at Seattle Repertory Theatre, opening in October 2013.