Paul Downs Colaizzo

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This article is about the American playwright. For the American actor, see Paul W. Downs.
Paul Downs Colaizzo
Born (1985-06-27) June 27, 1985 (age 31)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Education New York University (BFA)
Occupation Writer

Paul Downs Colaizzo is an American playwright. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia, Colaizzo now lives in New York City.

His play Really Really[1] premiered at The Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in January 2012,[2] selling out the entire run. A new production opened Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theater in January 2013 starring Zosia Mamet and Matt Lauria and directed by David Cromer, as part of MCC's 2012–2013 season. The MCC production was twice extended and also sold out its entire run. Colaizzo stepped into the play for three performances in the role of Johnson while actor Kobi Libii filmed a pilot.

Colaizzo's play "Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill" is set to premiere at The Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in the Fall 2013. A reading of the play was held in New York City in October 2011 and was directed by David Schwimmer and produced by Jeffrey Richards, starring Julie White and Jonathan Groff.

Colaizzo served as the Script Associate for the musical version of Sister Act on Broadway, contributing additional book material with Douglas Carter Beane.

His plays Little Gives and A Dog's Tale (or The Thing About Getting) have both had readings at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the latter starring Patrick Heusinger, Wesley Taylor, and Phoebe Strole.[3]

Colaizzo is notably recognized[4] from his involvement in Xanadu on Broadway's Tony Campaign, Cubby Bernstein, featuring Nathan Lane, Patti Lupone, and Cynthia Nixon.


  1. ^ "Really Really". Signature Theatre. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Marks, Peter (April 4, 2011). "Signature Theatre's 2011–12 season is filled with world premieres". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Patrick Heusinger, Pheobe Strole, Wesley Taylor to Participate in Reading of A Dog's Tale". September 1, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cubby Bernstein The Series: Adam Riegler, Paul Downs Colaizzo, Cynthia Nixon, Nathan Lane, Patti Lupone, Doug Schachtel, B. Swibel, Tara Smith, Robert Ahrens, Cari Smulyan, Evan Wyler: Movies & TV". Retrieved December 12, 2011. 

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