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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Paulo was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, where he majored in Communication at Ateneo de Manila University and worked for over a decade as a corporate professional, alongside being a self-taught composer and arranger of liturgical choral music and superfan of western musical theatre. In 2012, he left corporate life and moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. A year later he moved to New York City, having been offered an opportunity to earn an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts on a full tuition scholarship. Today, Paulo is a musical theatre writer and liturgical musician working in New York City and Jersey City.
As a musical theatre writer, Paulo was trained as a composer at NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and as a lyricist in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. He was an artist-in-residence at Access Theater in downtown Manhattan with director Noam Shapiro, and is currently one of eleven playwrights and musical theatre writers in the 2019-20 class of Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellows. His projects include music and lyrics for On This Side of the World, a song cycle inspired by the Filipino immigrant experience in the United States (presented by Three Hares and directed by Noam Shapiro at Access Theatre, May 2019); book, music and lyrics for Called, a full-length musical about a call center agent in Manila and her unlikely friendship with a caller from North Dakota (partially developed with Musical Theatre Factory); and orchestrations for Ma-Yi Theatre Co.'s Felix Starro, the first musical created by Filipino Americans to hit off-Broadway (book and lyrics by Jessica Hagedorn, music by Fabian Obispo, directed by Ralph B. Peña at Theatre Row, September 2019). His work has been featured at Joe's Pub, the NAMT Festival of New Musicals, Barrington Stage Co., Prospect Theater's Musical Theater Lab, and more.
As a liturgical musician, Paulo works as Assistant Director of Music at St. Aedan's: The Saint Peter's University Church in Jersey City, NJ, and also also leads music at the young adult Mass at the Church of the Epiphany in Gramercy, Manhattan. His work is published by Oregon Catholic Press (OCP), one of the largest publishers of liturgical music in the United States; and he has received commissions to write two Masses: Saint Peter's Mass for Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, NJ in 2015, and Saint Jarlath's Mass for St. Jarlath Catholic Church in Oakland, CA, in 2019. He also continues to write and arrange songs for Hangad, a vocal group under the Jesuit Music Ministry in Manila with which he sang for Masses, performed for concerts, and recorded studio albums with for 17 years, from his freshman year in Ateneo up to his move to Boston.
Paulo lives in Jersey City with his husband Jeremy.
Photo © 2018 Joseph Legáspi