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.