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PAUL ENGELHARDT

“I am thrilled to be elected board president at a time when the company is experiencing a renaissance for both our art and our commerce. Eddie Cantor once said, “It takes 20 years to become an overnight succes.” After more than four decades of continuous professional production, OPFT is becoming an overnight sensation as a “destination” theatre and I am so excited  to be a part of it.”

Paul joined Oak Park Festival Theatre in 2009 and has specialized in grant writing. Paul is a founding member of Strawdog Theatre Company in Chicago and has performed there and at various venues throughout the city, including Prop Thtr, Get Away With Murder and Chicago Actors Ensemble. Favored roles include: Lincoln in The Lincoln and Douglas Debates (Directed by Chuck Smith), Prof. Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes and the Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca, and Marty in House of Yes. He is currently the Regional Director of Murder Mystery Players (a national murder mystery company). He has an extensive list of publications and produced works – among them his darkly comic sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life entitled It’s a Mediocre Life performed in the Danny’s Sky Box Theatre at Second City by Posin’ at the Barr Productions and at Strawdog Theatre Company. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood College and a Master’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. In April of 2016, Paul was elected to ‘board member at large’ on the board of FACET (Fellowship Administrators of Cardiovascular Education Trainees), a national organization for Cardiovascular fellowship coordinators.