Paul Zmolek
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Theatre and Dance
Idaho Commission on the Arts
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Paul Zmolek, MFA, MA, was artistic director of Thick Dance/Theatre, Omulu Capoeira Sul and Callous Physical Theatre in San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Greater Seattle area respectively; creating collaborative works with Joséphine A. Garibaldi and with internationally renowned masters of Capoeira, Flamenco, Kathak, Taiko, Congolese and Chinese dance as well as original, evening-length, interdisciplinary performance works. 
Recognized for his expertise in pedagogy and curriculum development, Paul has served as Theatre and Dance faculty at numerous universities throughout the United States. With extensive experience as an Artist-in-Schools, Paul was selected for inclusion in the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Arts Education Directory of Teaching Artists. Zmolek has produced award winning site-based performance festivals in Missouri and Washington.  Since relocating to Pocatello in 2008, Paul has worked with ISU Theatre and Dance, produced Headlines physical theatre works for First Friday Art Walk and Big Dance/Little Space at Old Town Actors Studio.

Highlights of his performing career include creating title roles for the world premiere of three ballets by Frank Zappa and performing in seminal works of Paul Taylor and Anna Sokolow. His award-winning work has been performed in Finland, Italy, Brazil, California, Washington, Iowa, Missouri, Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho. 

Recent notable works include "The Rule of Life" (2011), a physical theatre work inspired by the Orders of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.  A made-for-video version of the work directed and edited by Tom Hallaq, will be featured in the December 2012 International Contemporary Artists Exhibition at Gallerie le Logge in Assisi, Italy.  In May 2012  Zmolek teamed up with Garibaldi, and Finnish poet Karri Kokko to create and perform Cagevent: Sometimes it works, Sometimes it doesn’t, a 2 hour performance event inspired by the creative process of John Cage as a featured performance in the Helsinki  Kontaining Performance Festival.  In May 2013 Zmolek and Garibaldi will direct the world premiere of the new opera Double Blind Sided in the Rogers Black Box Theater which will be featured in the July 2013 Santa Cruz Fringe Festival.

Callous Physical Theatre