Paul Downs Colaizzo

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Paul Downs Colaizzo
Born (1985-06-27) June 27, 1985 (age 32)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US
Education New York University (BFA)
Occupation Playwright

Paul Downs Colaizzo is an American playwright.

Early life and education[edit]

Colaizzo was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia.

He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at New York University 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 television pilot.[3]

Colaizzo's play Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill premiered at The Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia in autumn of 2013. A reading of the play, held in New York City in October 2011, was directed by David Schwimmer and produced by Jeffrey Richards. It starred Julie White and Jonathan Groff.

Colaizzo served as the Script Associate for the musical Sister Act, 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.[4]

Colaizzo has been recognized from his involvement in the "Cubby Bernstein" Tony Award campaign for Xanadu.[5] The campaign featured Nathan Lane, Patti Lupone, and Cynthia Nixon.

Personal life[edit]

Colaizzo resides in New York City.


  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. ^ Ferri, Josh (February 21, 2013). "Playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo to Step Into Really Really While Cast Member Kobi Libii Films New TV Pilot". Retrieved June 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Patrick Heusinger, Pheobe Strole, Wesley Taylor to Participate in Reading of A Dog's Tale". September 1, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "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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