Paul Bishop is proud to be the Patron for MATES Theatre Genesis.
Raised in Wynnum, Paul’s first experience of community theatre was as an audience in a local theatre under a domestic house.
His Great Uncle, Grandfather and Grandmother used to own and perform songs and music to accompany the silent films at the Wynnum Imperial Theatre years ago.
Paul has since Graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with an Associate Diploma in the Arts (Theatre) in 1986 and has played leading roles at every major performing arts theatre company in Australia, and has appeared in radio, film, television, short film and new media projects, as well as over 60 professional stage productions and many World Premiere productions.
As a performing artist Paul has received the: 2009 Queensland ‘Glugs of Gosh’ Award for Contribution to Theatre, 2011 Matilda Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role as ‘Edward Gant’ for La Boite (Brisbane) & Sydney Theatre Company, as well as two TV Week Logie Award Nominations for his role as Sgt. Ben Stewart on Award Winning Drama ‘Blue Heelers’.
In his role mentoring and facilitating the growth of the creative community, Paul was an elected delegate on Actors Equity/MEAA’s ‘National Performer’s Committee’ (2004-2008), and Has been an Associate Artist with Queensland Theatre Company – an association he began in 1982 when Paul commenced youth theatre classes.
Paul is a busy father of four who is an engaging MC; knowledgeable and insightful mentor; an active civic, commercial and community facilitator; social media producer and Division 10 (Birkdale/Thorneside) Redland City Councillor. In January 2014, Paul appeared with Queensland Theatre Company in the surprisingly contentious production ‘Australia Day’ – a political satire by Jonathan Biggins which was performed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
Paul is excited by the past, present & future of local story telling in Redland City and is fully supportive of Mates Theatre Genesis’ Plans for 2016 and beyond.