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Paul Selig, MFA


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Program Director
Residency Sites: Plainfield, VT , Residency Sites: Port Townsend, WA


I have been affiliated with Goddard for nearly twenty years, first as a faculty member and then as a Program Director.  I continue to find it an enormous privilege to lead such a unique community of writers and learners.  I believe that an individualized approach to the teaching of writing is the only truly effective way that writing can be taught, and I am deeply committed to the kind of transformational learning that is at the heart of a Goddard education.

I am the author of I Am the Word: A Guide to the Consciousness of Man’s Self in a Transitioning Time (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010), The Book of Love and Creation (Tarcher/Penguin, 2012), and The Book of Knowing and Worth (forthcoming, Tarcher/Penguin 2013). 

My work for the stage has been produced internationally and includes plays, operas, solo-performance work and text for dance.  My plays include Mystery School, performed by Tyne Daly, the stage adaption of War Letters, with Treat Williams and Mario Van Peebles, Terminal Bar, Moon City, Body Parts and The Pompeii Traveling Show (NY Drama League Award).  My operas include Red Tide, Long Island Dreamer and Lamentations and I collaborated with Shapiro and Smith Dance Co. on Never Enough and Notes from a Séance.  I completed credited rewrites and additional material for the national tour of Tallulah, with Kathleen Turner and Truth in Translation, commissioned by the Colonnades Theater Lab and South Africa’s Market Theater.  My work has been performed at venues including The Sundance Film Festival, The Long Wharf Theater, En Garde Arts, The Ensemble Studio Theater, The Joyce Theater, The Minnesota Opera New Music-Theater Ensemble and the Public Theater’s “Wake Up Call” series.  My plays are included in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Short Play series.

Educational Background:

MFA in Playwriting, Yale University; BFA, Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatic Writing Program

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Publications by Paul Selig