Paul SmethurstProjects Manager & Resident Practitioner
Paul has a long history with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures; working for the company as a performer and rehearsal director.
Alongside his work for the Company Paul worked as a freelance interdisciplinary artist in the fields of dance, musical theatre, acting and physical theatre with a career spanning opera and West End productions.
Paul has also worked extensively as a mentor, teacher and workshop leader in the creative learning and education sector within the fields of dance and physical theatre. Since the creation of Re:Bourne, the charitable arm of New Adventures, Paul has worked as a Lead Practitioner delivering workshops for The Royal Opera House, The National Dance Teachers Association and The International Drama Student Festival to name a few. He was also a participant of the Dance UK Future Leader in Dance Mentorship Scheme.
After over a decade of a diverse performing career, Paul moved into Arts Management and Education. Most recently, Paul was Head of Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, lecturing, coordinating and managing the Dance strand for their BA and MA in Musical Theatre. During this time Paul expanded his creative career and worked extensively as a Director, Movement Director and Choreographer. For RCS he also created and lead a Youth Dance Company and wrote a 3-year contemporary dance prevocational access course to train and nurture young aspiring dancers.
Recent creative credits include:9 to 5 (Choreographer, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Fringe); Company Scenes 2016 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Director, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Merrily We Roll Along (Choreographer, Chandler Theatre, RCS); The Choir (Movement Director, The Citizens Theatre); Urinetown (Choreographer, Assembly Hall, Edinburgh Fringe); Showstoppers (Director/Choreographer, Lusaka, Zambia); Company Scenes 2015 (Choreographer, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) The Bodyguard (Assistant Choreographer, Adelphi Theatre); Family Lives (Choreographer, Birmingham Hippodrome); Our Hands (Choreographer, Sadlers Wells Theatre)
Previous performance credits include: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (Rehearsal Director and Character Principal); 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games (Performance Captain); The Bodyguard, Original West End Cast (Dance Captain/Swing); Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella (Character Principal); Opera North’s Carousel (Featured Dancer/Actor); Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! (Ensemble); Matthew Bourne’s Christmas, Channel 4 (Featured Dancer); Imagine This, Original West End Cast (Swing); ENOs Marriage of Figaro, Faust, Death of Kilnghoffer, Onegin and Candide (Actor/Dancer)