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In Memoriam: Paul Ryan Rudd

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Paul Ryan Rudd, associate director of The New School for Drama. Paul was an acclaimed actor and a beloved teacher. His approach to Shakespeare was rigorous and theatrical, and he inspired many students in his years at The New School.

Reviewing a 1977 performance of Romeo and Juliet at Circle in the Square in which Paul played Romeo, Clive Barnes of the New York Times wrote, Paul Rudd makes a taut-nerved Romeo, his handsome face either tense with pain or almost consciously relaxed and sunny., Other Broadway credits of Paul include Jim, the Gentleman Caller in a 1975 revival of The Glass Menagerie and Billy, the tortured young soldier, in the original cast of David Rabe’s Streamers in 1976.

The New School for Drama is planning a memorial in celebration of Rudd’s life the evening of Monday, November 22, in Wollman Hall for students, alumni and faculty. More details will be available shortly.

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