Paul Zmolek
Adjunct Faculty
Department of Theatre and Dance
Idaho Commission on the Arts
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Paul Zmolek, MFA, MA, is an award-winning interdisciplinary dance artist/educator whose dance/theatre/opera/performance/installation works have been featured throughout the Western US as well as Latvia, Finland and Italy.  As co-Artistic Director of Callous Physical Theatre, Paul collaboratively devises physical theatre based in choreographic craft.  He has collaboratively choreographed and performed with masters of Capoeira, Kathak, Flamenco, Taiko, Congolese and Chinese dance and music.
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.
Callous Physical Theatre

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 Stories from the Park, (2014) commissioned by Riga 2014 during the Latvian city's term as EU Culture Capital, Rue for Ophelia (2014), a physical theatre exploration of Shakespeare's tragic character, Double Blind Sided (2013), a "compost modern movement opera" inspired by Kafka's The Trial and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and The Rule of Life (2011), a physical theatre work inspired by the Orders of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.  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.