Paul Sugarman: About the Artist


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Paul Sugarman is an actor, publisher, writer, and teacher of Shakespeare He is founder of the Instant Shakespeare Company (now in its twentieth season), which presents annual readings of ALL of Shakespeare’s plays in New York City with over 800 Shakespeare readings performed. He has worked with the Actors Shakespeare Company both as a teaching artist and performer. On the performance side for ASC he appeared in Henry V, The Three Musketeers, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, King John, and Hamlet as well as Shakespeare compilations such as All the World’s a Stage. For ASC he has published annotated acting editions of Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and The Three Musketeers. With the ATC Conservatory Players he was Dramaturg and played Duncan/Macduff in The Tragedie of Macbeth, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, and Theseus in A Midsommer Night’s Dreame. With Shakespeare at the Castle he has played Petruchio in The Mini-Taming of the Shrew, Prospero in The Mini-Tempest, and Theseus/Oberon in A Mini-Midsommer Night’s Dreame.

Paul received a BFA from New York University and studied with Kristin Linklater and Tina Packer at Shakespeare & Company where he played as Costard in Loves Labours Lost. In publishing he worked at Applause Books with John Russell Brown on the publication of Shakescenes: Shakespeare for Two and the Applause Shakespeare Library. Also at Applause he worked with Neil Freeman to publish the Applause First Folio Editions and to develop The Applause First Folio of Shakespeare in Modern Type. He has published pocket editions of all of Shakespeare’s plays using the original settings of the First Folio in modern type for his company Puck Press and is now working on the Quartos. Passport to Shakespeare is his first book. He works with Shakespeare On Site to bring workshops and performances of Shakespeare anywhere they are needed.