Instructor of Theatre (Generalist)
Paul Tavianini has an M.F.A in Acting from Brandeis University and also studied with the Royal National Theatre Company in London under the guidance of Richard Eyre, Ian McKellen, Patsy Rodenburg, Janet McTeer and Michael Joyce. He was a founding member of the Theatre Asylum theatre company in New York City, producing works by new playwrights, as well as classic American authors such as Tennessee Williams, Clifford Odets, William Inge and Elmer Rice.
As an actor, Mr. Tavianini has had an extensive performing career in regional theatres across the country, appearing with the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Nora Theatre and Huntington Theatre companies in Boston; the Hippodrome Theatre Company in Gainesville, FL; Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY; the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; and A Noise Within in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, he was also an active member of the Classical Theatre Lab in West Hollywood. Mr. Tavianini has appeared on Law & Order, the Discovery Channel series Kidnap and Rescue, and in a number of independent films.
In addition to teaching Introduction to Theatre and Acting II at Ball State, Mr. Tavianini taught Acting Fundamentals and Introduction to Voice and Movement for a number of years at Chapman University in Orange, CA. He has also taught Acting I and Acting II, and Directing at Anderson University in Anderson, IN. He has worked as a dialect coach for child actors in Los Angeles, and has taught numerous workshops in acting and improvisation to both adults and children for over 20 years.
He currently serves as the artistic director and co-chairman of the Artistic Committee for Muncie Civic Theatre, and has been a member of its Board of Directors. At Muncie Civic, Mr. Tavianini has directed the productions of Spamalot, Noises Off, and Three Little Pigs. This fall he will direct the Civic’s production of Into the Woods.