A graduate the University of British Columbia's MFA Creative Writing program and Queen’s University’s Specialized Studies in Stage and Screen, Paul is a writer, director, performer, producer, and sound designer.
In 2001, Paul founded Rabbit in a Hat Productions in Montreal with a mandate to produce new Canadian Independent Theatre. His work has since been produced throughout Canada and around the world.
He has received numerous awards for his productions including; The Tom Hendry Playwrights Guild of Canada Comedy Award (Siberian Summer); The Montreal English Critics Circle Revelation Award; Montreal English Theatre Awards Outstanding Direction (Oroonoko); New York Frigid Festival and Atlantic Fringe Festival Best Production (Paradise Lost); Montreal Fringe Festival Best Production (Miss Sugarpuss Must Die!); Atlantic Fringe Festival Best Drama (The Harvester); and Montreal Fringe Festival Le Prix Fred Barry Design (Blood Wild). Paul was also named one of Montreal’s top emerging artists by Nightlife Magazine.
Paul is a past participant of the Neil Munro Intern Directors Project at the Shaw Festival and was a past National Forum Representative of Quebec for the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
An intrepid world traveler, Paul has visited over eighty countries, traversing such routes as the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Ancient Silk Road Trail, and the Medieval Trans-Saharan Trade Route.
by Paul Van Dyck
Based on Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
When a vintage toy collector’s vlog gets derailed, their childhood playthings
become the means of releasing their rage against the outside world.
Underground Toys, based on Dostoevsky’s 1864 darkly comedic cautionary novella,
Notes from Underground, takes the most unlikeable protagonist in literary history and gives them a website.
Written, directed, and performed by Paul Van Dyck, with digital projections by Jeremy Eliosoff
and dramaturgy by Bryan Wade as part of UBC's MFA Creative Writing program,
Underground Toys blends experimental film and theatrical techniques to create
a wholly unique and tragically hilarious online storytelling experience.
Click here to watch it now.
Siberian Summer wins the Tom Hendry Playwrights Guild of Canada Comedy Award
Hang on to your caboose, this girls trip is about to go off the rails! Siberian Summer, by Paul Van Dyck, is a hilarious romp following three women “of a certain age” and one of their sons on a journey of self-discovery as they travel the Trans-Siberian Railway from St. Petersburg to Beijing. Inspired by an actual trip the playwright took with his mother and her friends, this whimsical and exuberant play reminds audiences that life is an adventure worth living to the fullest, no matter what your age.
With its world premiere at The Segal Centre for Performing Arts postponed due to Covid-19, Siberian Summer hopes to welcome audience back onboard as soon as possible.