PAUL NYGRO was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, managed undergraduate studies at both the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and London University in England, then graduated with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1989. After moving to California shortly thereafter he subsequently donned so many hats in a near 3 decade career in the entertainment industry that the moniker ‘Jack of all trades’ seems barely adequate… cause there are none left that he hasn’t worn.
Currently Paul is Co-star and Executive Producer of the Emmy winning webseries ACTING DEAD following the success of his involvement with other multiple award winning webseries productions like ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS (Guest Star), MCCRACKEN LIVE! (Co-star), WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD (Co-writer, Co-star), IT’S A CARDBOARD LIFE (Co-star), LOVIN’ LAKIN (w/Christine Lakin), INTERNET ICON Season 1 & 2 (Guest Actor - w/Andy Fickman dir.), guest-starring in the new 2017 POPtv series HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS starring Christine Lakin, Soleil Moon Frye and Beverley Mitchell and the upcoming Web Series THE WATCH.
Other Film and TV acting credits include BIG LITTLE LIES (most recent), SHADOW BOXING, GREASE LIVE!, PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, YOU AGAIN, RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN, THE GAME PLAN, WHAT WE DO IS SECRET, WRIGHT VS WRONG, WHAT’S MY AGE AGAIN?, THREE DAYS, YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ELI STONE, MALIBU CA, USA HIGH, SHASTA MCNASTY and JACK & JILL
Theatre/Broadway/Off Broadway credits include THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (Chicago pre-Broadway premiere), SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL (1st National Tour) REEFER MADNESS (original LA & NYC), A CHORUS LINE, THE GIFT, SNEAUX! (w/Kristen Bell), BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE, RUTHLESS! and dozens more.
Choreography credits including ZANNA, DON’T (Ovation Award Nomination), COMPANY, ROCKY HORROR SHOW, BLACK KNIGHT (co-choreographer w/ Paula Abdul), XANADU, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, LION KING JR., RUTHLESS!, Kevin Avery's multi award-winning short THUGS: THE MUSICAL (starring Margaret Cho and David Alan Grier), Patrika Darbo's ME IN :30 Emmy promo, Lori Alan's TV Pilot DO THE VOICE! ... and, most recently, ACTING DEAD's original music video tribute to Emmy's 70th Anniversary.
Associate Director credits include celebrity weSPARK benefits BROADWAY & BEYOND, BROADWAY TONIGHT, A NIGHT AT SARDI’S and TWISTED TV, THAT’S HOLLYWOOD and SING IT & SWING IT for Azamara Cruises.
And a few other hats… Director/Choreographer: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT & CINDERELLA/The Enchanted Edition - Laguna Beach, BELOW ‘C’ LEVEL - a world premiere staged reading,.. Editor & Cinematographer: CELEBRATING DORIS - a feature length documentary for the Doris Day Animal Foundation… Voiceover Artist, Set/Prop/Costume Designer… the list goes on and on. And he can cook too. And crochet!
SAG-AFTRA / AEA / AGVA
HAIR: BROWN EYES: HAZEL HEIGHT: 5’9” WEIGHT: 157
PAUL BLART:MALL COP 2
RACE TO WITCH MOUNTAIN
WHAT WE DO IS SECRET
BIG LITTLE LIES
DO THE VOICE
INTERNET ICON (SEASON 1&2) WRIGHT VS WRONG
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
FIRST WIVES CLUB
A CHORUS LINE
GERSHWIN ON ICE
BLUEPRINT FOR PARADISE RUTHLESS!
A CHORUS LINE
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
GUYS & DOLLS
THE ALL NIGHT STRUT
1940’S RADIO HOUR
FEAR FACTOR LIVE
BEETLEJUICE GRAVEYARD REVUE ALADDIN’S OASIS
11 ROLE SWING
ENSEMBLE/LEAD U.S. ENSEMBLE/LEAD U.S.
SYLVIA ST. CROIX
PAUL, MIKE, AL, MARK
JOHN SWANSIGER/INDIE SHORT
ANDY FICKMAN/SONY PICTURES
ANDY FICKMAN/DISNEY FILMS
ANDY FICKMAN/DISNEY FILMS
ANDY FICKMAN/DISNEY FILMS
PONY TALE FILMS/VEW PRODS
LORI ALAN PRODUCTIONS
LEONIAN PICTURES, WEBSERIES
DOUBLE TAKE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
ANDY FICKMAN, WEBSERIES
ORIENTAL THEATRE CHICAGO
TROIKA EQUITY 1ST NATIONAL
VARIETY ARTS THEATRE
STARS ON ICE
HUDSON THEATRE, LA
LAGUNA BEACH, CA
MATRIX THEATRE, LA
HUDSON THEATRE, LA
TIFFANY THEATRE, LA
THEATRE LEAGUE, LA
THEATRE LEAGUE, LA
CAL-NEDERLANDER, LAS VEGAS
TIFFANY THEATRE, LA
LAGUNA BEACH PLAYHOUSE
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, LA
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, LA
ACTING SUSAN RUSH STEVENS POINT UNIVERSITY (BFA degree) COACHING JOANNA GLEASON LOS ANGELES
PRIVATE VOICE SCOTT HARLAN LOS ANGELES
DANCE JAMES MOORE STEVENS POINT UNIVERSITY
SPORTS: TRIATHLETE, SKIING, GOLF, TENNIS, BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, KAYAKING, BOWLING
DIALECTS: SOUTHERN, ENGLISH, CANADIAN/MIDWESTERN, RUSSIAN, FRENCH
ABILITIES: SINGING (HIGH BARITONE), CHOREOGRAPHY, HOSTING, COOKING, JUGGLING (3 OBJECTS),
GREAT WITH ALL KIDS AND ANY ANIMALS.
It's a wrap on the Indie Short Film BLACKBIRD
Today was bittersweet as we wrapped principal photography on the amazing Indie Short Film BLACKBIRD. Paul Co-Starred in this inspirational female driven short film about fulfilling your dreams even when they seem impossible. This will certainly be making the rounds at festivals around the globe upon completion. Look for it in 2019!
ACTING DEAD Emmy 70th Birthday Video is an Internet HIT!
Paul and his partner in crime (co-producer, co-star & creator of ACTING DEAD) Brian Beacock have totally outdone themselves... again. When the TV Academy announced a 70th birthday video campaign for Ms. EMMY, Paul and Brian wasted no time in putting together the most extravagant, hilarious, incredible and completely ORIGINAL music video complete with their very own birthday tune personally written for the Emmys, by Brian and Uber-talented TV and Film Composer Jamie Forsyth. With Paul behind the amazing choreography and Marielou Mandl behind the camera directing... well, see for yourself. And share it if you love it!
Paul will be in the hit HBO Series BIG, LITTLE LIES season 2!
In a whirlwind few days, Paul booked and filmed a highly secret episode of the upcoming 2019 season 2 of BIG, LITTLE LIES for HBO. Working with Reese Witherspoon and Adam Scott, and shooting in beautiful Monterey, CA was a dream come true for any actor! Nothing more can be revealed about the fate of the fine ladies and gentlemen of BLL... so don't even ask!
Staged reading of REWIND The Musical
Paul was lucky enough to have joined the cast of REWIND The Musical for its staged reading in Santa Monica at the Edgemar Theatre. A full house cheered the who's who of broadway, tv and film on to a resounding success! Written by Geoffrey and Sam Rose and Starring - Paul Nygro, Haviland Stillwell, Michael Lomenda, Matt Steele, Ben D. Goldberg, Barry Pearl, Chelsea Stock Pigot, Lana McKissack, RJ Woessner
Paul becomes the newest TV Academy Member
That's right! Paul was accepted by the TV Academy as its newest member of the Performers Peer Group! Paul will now be responsible for nominating and voting on all Emmy categories. Not to mention hobnobbing with all the hottest stars, writers, directors and producers of the season... from the casts of Stranger Things, The Good Place, The Late Late Show With James Cordon, Silicon Valley, The Handmaid's Tale, Patrick Melrose, Jesus Christ Superstar Live... and many many more!
2nd shoot day for THE WATCH - A New Anthology Series
More filming today, as Paul stars in a second episode for THE WATCH anthology series. This time he's an aging drag queen who is visited by a most unexpected guest. Don't judge the make-up. He never claimed to be a pretty woman!
Host/Presenter for PHILIPS MEGA MEETING in Orlando Florida
Another hat Paul wears is one of Presenter/Host for live conventions and events. This one saw him traveling to Orlando, FL for the annual Philips Mega Meeting through the company LIVE MARKETING. Here he is with fellow presenters Douglas Weidner and Brian Plocharcyk. Throwback hosts to the old Let's Make A Deal show.
Never a fan of taking formal headshots... Paul has a bit of fun at his own expense in these silly outtakes. For real though, check out Ray Garcia Photography (click the picture or link below) to see this stellar photographer's website!
Film Shoot for THE WATCH. A new anthology series
Paul stars in a new anthology short form series called THE WATCH about people's relationship with time seen through their encounters with a mysterious pocket watch made by an all-knowing watch maker. A Pony Tale Films/VEW Production produced by Jane Hajduk, Shari Doran, Dale Griffith Stamos, Deborah LaVine and Susan M. Cumming. In this episode he plays a Germaphobe stuck in a germ infested hospital waiting room!
Paul just signed with APERTURE TALENT across the board!
2018 is certainly shaping up to be a great year! With all new demo reels, photos, updated casting website information, several new projects in the works and now representation by the exciting boutique agency APERTURE TALENT in Beverly Hills... the opportunities are endless!
ACTING DEAD Season 2 launches on GoFundMe.com!
EMMY Award-winning webseries ACTING DEAD (Co-executive Produced and Co-starring Paul) is gearing up for an amazing Season 2, and they are starting off with an aggressive funding campaign on Gofundme.com. Visit the site to see what kind of amazing perks and possibilities there are for you by becoming an investor! You will be part of history... and an EMMY winning production! Join them... or they'll eat your brains!
LAGUNATICS 2017 opens to SO's, critical acclaim and a sold out run!
What better way to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of No Square Theatre's LAGUNATICS than with standing ovations, unparalleled hilarity and a nearly completely sold out run (with an added performance)! Critics, locals and tourists alike have once again flocked to the annual roast of the coast, only to witness one of the best shows in its 25 year run. Things never get old... or unworthy of parody... in Laguna Beach, CA.
DO THE VOICE Premieres at LAIndie Film Fest... and WINS!
That's right! First festival out of the gate and DO THE VOICE wins Best TV Pilot! Paul had a ball choreographing his dear (and lovely and talented) friend LORI ALAN for the episode's musical sequence. Lori has also gone on to win Best Actress in another festival, with undoubtedly more laurels and wins to come soon. Keep your eyes open for this little show to have some legs. It's absolutely hilarious and the talent surrounding it... incredible.
Second year in a row that Paul has made his way to the EMMY AWARDS Ceremony at the Microsoft Theater in DTLA. That's Downtown Los Angeles for those that may not be in the 'know'. Hanging with Brian Beacock again this year and bumping into our EMMY Award-winning ACTING DEAD Co-Star Patrika Darbo among the other celebs he rubbed shoulders with that night. Granted it was very crowded and somewhat unavoidable that shoulders rubbed.
HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS premieres at iPic Wilshire
Another star-studded event found Paul Nygro right in the thick of things. New comedy HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS celebrated their premiere at the iPic Theatres on Wilshire in LA with stars Christine Lakin, Jodie Sweetin, Beverley Mitchell along with several co-stars including Paul were on hand for the fun-filled event. Sushi, sliders, popcorn and a full candy buffet greeted guests before and during the hilarious screening. Check out the show on PopTV!
Paul Nygro Official Announcer for ISA8 Awards
The star-studded awards show ISA8 Indie Series Awards 2017 was a night to remember. Red-carpet craziness along with celebrity hosts, presenters and award winners... all announced by velvet voiced Paul Nygro. Producer Susan Bernhardt went all out for this their 8th and certainly most successful event yet!
Paul's Directing/Choreographing/Light Designing debut CINDERELLA opened in Laguna Beach tonight! A packed house and rousing standing ovation greeted this amazing production. Laguna Beach High School's Artists Theatre elevated to professional Broadway grade theatre with this truly original take on the adapted classic tale. Producer Alexis Karol, Music Director Roxanna Ward, Costume Designer Angela Irish rounded out the stellar production team.
DO THE VOICE choreography day with Lori Alan
Uber-talented Lori Alan rocked it today as she and Paul worked on her new original show DO THE VOICE. Paul choreographed an hysterical music video to a brilliantly funny tune written for the show by Jeremy Desmon and Jeffrey Thomson. This is gonna be a hit... trust us. With Director Darren Stein, Producer Ryan Lacen and so many awesome Hollywood folks attached, how could it not be? Lori Alan rocks!
ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS hits the 2017 festival circuit
The cast of multi award-winning comedy short ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS hit the red carpet for the first of many festivals for 2017. Here Todd Eric Valcourt, Tiffany Phillips, Vanja Renee and Paul Nygro are whooping it up at their Raleigh Studios LA screening for the HIMPFF (Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival). So many more to come all across the country... from Oklahoma and Arizona to Maryland and Massachusetts!
ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS Cast & Crew Premiere
Paul Nygro and the cast, crew, friends and family of ETHNICALLY AMBIGUOUS, the hilarious new short/webseries pilot, partied together at The Secret Rose Theatre to celebrate the completion of our pilot episode. Wine, snacks, laughter and love were enjoyed by all! Festival circuit 2017, HERE WE COME! We already have at least two screenings coming in the new year and two wins already for Best Comedy Short and Best Actress (Tiffany Phillips) with, undoubtedly, many more to come!
Guest Narrator for LAGUNATICS 2016 - YUGE! at No Square Theatre
Saturday & Sunday (gala night) Paul was the proud Guest Narrator for the incomparable LAGUNATICS 2016! A raucous time was had by all who attended this annual Roast Of The Coast (since 1992). And, not only did he narrate, Paul has been the choreographer of the show for most of those years.... including this year! Hats off to everyone involved. Laguna Beach, CA hasn't been the same since this show first took the stage all those years ago.
On set with HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS
Paul put on his improv cap and spent the day playing a clueless Executive Producer on the set of the brand new show HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS starring Beverley Mitchell, Soleil Moon Frye and Christine Lakin. These ladies were fantastic, sweet and hysterical! The new comedy is scheduled for a 2017 release. Stay tuned!
Balls Of Fire Celebrity Bowling Tournament
For the second year, Paul was a guest celebrity bowler for the annual BALLS OF FIRE Celebrity bowling tournament and fundraiser for the Foothill Aids Project. The charity event was hosted by his hilarious co-star from ACTING DEAD, Patrika Darbo. An amazing time was had by everyone involved. Donations are still gratefully accepted, so please click on the button or photo to reach the website and give today! It's a fantastic organization and certainly worthy of monetary gifts of any size.
Paul is at the 2016 EMMYS!!
Fresh off a win (Outstanding Actress - Patrika Darbo) for the webseries ACTING DEAD that he Co-Stars in and Executive Produces, Paul was invited to attend the 68th Annual Emmy Awards show live from the Microsoft Theatre in downtown LA! Um, yeah, words can't really explain how awesome it was to attend with his best friend and creative partner on many projects, Brian Beacock!
What We Do Is Secret
Much more totally fun stuff to come! Like this...