Paul Kalina, MFA

Associate Professor
Head of Acting

Paul is an associate professor of movement studies. A founding member of the Chicago physical theatre company, 500 Clown, he has performed their shows throughout the United States and England including PS 122 in New York, Steppenwolf Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre and the State Theatre in New Jersey. Paul served as Director of Clowning for Chicago Goodman Theatre's production of Animal Crackers as well as the fight choreographer and movement director for Steppenwolf Theatre's Closer and The Court Theatre's production of the Romance Cycle. He co-created the clown duo Le Pamplemousse and the critically acclaimed clown acrobatic duo, The Bumblinni Brothers. He served as supervisor of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital from 1999-2005.

He is a graduate of the Dell Arte School of Physical Theatre and received his MFA in directing from the University of Idaho. He was the 2006 recipient of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers National Directing Fellowship at the Kennedy Center. Prior to his arrival in Iowa, he taught acting and directing at the University of Idaho, DePaul University's School of Theatre, Second City, and the professional training program for 500 Clown. Paul recently played one of the Clowns in the Drury Lane Theatre's production of The 39 StepsHe is also an invited artist of Cirque du Soleil.

Research areas
  • Acting
Portrait of Paul Kalina, MFA
MFA, University of Idaho
Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
Contact Information

University of Iowa
132 Theatre Building (TB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States