Paul was editor of the national publication Positive Living for five years; has served on the Boards of Living Positive Victoria, Victorian AIDS Council, Hepatitis Victoria and ChillOut Festival Daylesford; and was President of Living Positive Victoria from 2009 to 2011. He founded the online HIV group OzPoz in 1996, and was Australia’s first openly HIV-positive blogger. He is currently chair of the LPV/VAC HIV Legal Working Group and is completing a degree in law.
Paul has worked as a director/performer/writer for a variety of physical/experimental theatre companies such as First Person dance/theatre (London, UK), Sculpture (West Midlands, UK) & Glory What Glory (Lancaster/London UK) since the late 80’s after graduating from Lancaster University (UK). After a successfully completing a PGCE at Reading University Paul became a secondary school teacher for a number of years until graduating in 1996 with an MA (distinction) in Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London where he consolidated his research into body/sign systems in Theatres of Asia & its application to Sign Language Theatres of the Deaf.
Paul was a Senior lecturer in Drama & Physical Theatre at St.Mary’s University College for 16 years and is now currently working full time on a practice as research PhD investigating the useful application of performance theory and practice to HIV (dis)closure at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, after winning a double international scholarship there.
Whilst lecturing Paul remained active as a professional director/dramaturg & regularly collaborated with physical theatre practitioners Maxine Doyle (First Person dance/theatre & Punchdrunk productions) & Dr Josephine Machon (Middlesex & Brunel University) investigating the interface between the body, dance, physical theatre, popular cultures & technology.
Paul has delivered physical theatre workshops nationally and internationally including the International Festival of Therapy and Theatre in Lodz, Poland with the Theatre of the Deaf (UK); in Knysner, South Africa working with HIV positive children in the townships with MadAboutArt, (UK/SA); and most recently with the Melbourne based medical charity Possible Dreams International (AU/SL) where he led storytelling empowerment workshops for vulnerable young people in rural Swaziland.
Paul joined The Quest for Gay Men (UK) in October 2011 where he developed a unique storytelling & performance curriculum to empower gay men to tell their life stories with greater ease and confidence and fluidity. He was the acting dramaturg for an adaptation of the popular psychology book The Velvet Rage by Dr Alan Downs which was first presented at the Sarah Siddons Theatre, London in Nov 2012 as The Velvet Rage: Real Life Stories then adapted further as Beneath The Surface: Gay Life Stories at The Embassy Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in Feb 2013, and most recently an ensemble piece for gay men between the ages of 40-65 entitled The Haunting which premiered in October 2014 at The Pinter Theatre, Mile End, London.
Since moving to Melbourne in March 2012 Paul has been working for Living Positive Victoria (AUS) as a health education speaker. For the organizations unique Positive Speakers Bureau Paul is commissioned to visit schools, community groups and workplaces including the Victorian Police Academy to use the power of autobiographical storytelling as a means to facilitate powerful and interactive HIV and sexual health education in Victoria.
Paul has recently developed a solo storytelling piece about HIV disclosure & his relationship with his late father entitled Fathers & Feathers. The work originated from a series of workshop collaborations with the legendary US performance storyteller and gay rights activist Tim Miller. Fathers & Feathers was premiered in October 2013 at The Pinter Theatre, Mile End, London, and a specially reworked version was recently commissioned by Monash Centre of Performing Arts to tour selected venues in Melbourne in March 2014.
Paul continues to be an internationally published scholar in the field of performance theatre, ritual and the body, and the potential uses of performance theatre in HIV education with a specific focus on the performative/transformative properties of (dis)closure).