Paul T. Kuritz

Professor Emeritus




A professor of theater at Bates College from 1978 to 2013, Paul Kuritz taught acting and directing for the stage and screen, and directed plays and films. Since his directorial debut in 1966, Paul has directed over one hundred plays throughout the United States. In 1990, he was invited to be the first American to teach and direct at the National Theater School in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Paul is the author of Fundamental Acting: A Practical Guide (Applause
Theatre Books, 1997), The Making of Theatre History (Prentice Hall, 1987) and Playing: An Introduction to Acting (Prentice Hall, 1982). His latest book, The Fiery Serpent. A Christian Theory of Film and Drama was published in 2006. Paul’s play The Yellow Wallpaper  was included in The Best American Short Plays 2001-2002 (Applause, 2006).

Paul in recent years has studied filmmaking and film directing at the International Film and Digital Video Workshops in Rockport.

His films, “A New Life” (2008) and “Amy’s Wish” (2012) were selected to show in Houston, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, and the  Gideon’s Flame Christian Film Festival, in Manila, Philippines.

A New Life (2008)


  • 1979 Ph.D. Indiana University
  • 1972 A. M. Indiana University
  • 1970 A. B. The University of Virginia
  • 2002 – 2003 The International Film and Television Workshops – Rockport, Maine
  • Directing Actors Workshop
  • Film Directors Craft Workshop
  • New DV Filmmakers Workshop
  • Final Cut Pro Workshop
  • 1978 – 2014: Professor of Theatre, Department of Theatre and Rhetoric, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
  • Department Chair, 1995-2000
  • Acting Chair – for half or entire year during following years: 1979-1980; 1983-1984; 1988-1989; 1989-1990, 1992-1993
  • Joined faculty as Assistant Professor in 1978
  • 1990 – 1991 Visiting Professor/Guest Director, National Theater School, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1985 Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • 1988 Artist-in-Residence, Sumner High School, Ellsworth, Maine
  • 1988 – 1989, Project Scholar, 1998 Maine Humanities Council, Portland, Maine
  • 1989 – 1993 Columnist, Maine Progressive
  • 1986 – 1988 Guest Director, The Maine Acting Company
  • 1985 Artist-in-Residence, Hollins College, Hollins, Virginia
  • 1984 – 1985 Project Scholar, Maine Humanities Council/Portland Stage Company, Portland, Maine
  • 1980 – 1995 Founder/Artistic Director, Bates Festival Theatre, Lewiston, Maine
  • 1985, 1990 Outside Theater Department Evaluator