Actors & Playwrights Collaborative is a group of local actors, directors, and playwrights dedicated to the development of new scripts and to the production of new stage works.
Our most recent production was the world premiere of Soldier’s Christmas Dec. 12-21, 2014 at Northern Kentucky University’s Corbett Theatre.
Actors & Playwrights Collaborative was founded by Philip Paradis in 2009 to provide an incubator for new plays. In 2009 Phil teamed up with Herb DuVal to present the wildly successful Cincinnati Spring Briefs Festival at the PermaFringe on Main St. in Cincinnati in April. Six brand new short plays (comedy and drama) were presented featuring the amazing talents of Mindy Heithaus, Jim Stump, Mike Dennis, Don Volpenhein, Dan Britt, Jeffrey K. Miller, Jay Goldfarb, Stephanie Freihofer, and Dan Parsley.
In 2010 Phil teamed with award-winning actor& acting coach Bob G. Elkins to develop the scope of A&PC and include more actors, directors, and playwrights in ongoing workshops. The A&PC workshops and Saturday drop-ins began in earnest at Bob’s Howling Wolf actors Studio at the Essex Studios in Cincinnati and remained there a few years under the radar involving actors and playwrights and helping actors to develop their skills and a few lucky playwrights to develop their scripts.
In 2011 Bob G.’s studio moved to Sharonville, OH and Phil teamed up with award-winning actor and director Robert Allen and Elizabeth A. Harris, founders of the Essex Theatre Arts Studio to further develop scripts and eventually present the same year a studio production of what would become Love Knots (a love-fest of short plays), and would go on cause a sensation at the 2012 CincyFringe. Love Knots was directed by Bob Allen and featured the awesome acting talents of Paul Eisenman, Ryan Fissel, Mindy Heithaus, Marisa Holzman, Connor Lawrence, Madeline McKenzie, Barbara Manning, Tom Manning, Rachel Mock, Callie Schuttera, Nick Tsangaris, Sarah Vargo, Nathan Wallace, Anne Wrider, and Trey Wright.
Since 2012 actor/ director/dramaturg Bob Allen has been working closely with Phil on several of his short scripts and two longer full-length plays: Soldier’s Christmas and The Red Badge. With the close of ETAS, Actors & Playwrights was invited by the Fort Thomas Woman’s Club to set up shop with the Village Players of Fort Thomas, KY, where Saturday morning workshops have been held and gallons of coffee have been consumed for the last two years.
“The goal from the beginning,” says Phil, “has always been to get local actors, directors, and playwrights together to read scripts-in-progress and to share insights, collaborate, stimulate and challenge each other in a respectful, rigorous yet encouraging and productive setting. An informal drop-in on Saturday mornings with like-minded people. And a reliable coffee-maker. I think we’ve been quite successful. So far, so good.”