Paul Rajeckas

Performer, educator and choreographer,

Paul Rajeckas, has refined his mastery

of Physical Theater and Story Telling

over his 30+ year career into a repertory

of plays and workshops that explore the

relationship between personal story

and how we are connected to the world

we live in.

Paul Rajeckas > Educator

For the past 30 years Paul Rajeckas’ workshops have promoted interdisciplinary
thinking and creative possibilities sparked by the nontraditional associations of
academic disciplines. The following “TELLING TALES” projects are an example
of his contribution to the Creative Campus Initiative at SUNY Oswego.
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>> Creative collaboration

>> Activating Course Material

>> Building Community

>> Exploring New Ideas

>> Interpreting Curriculum

>> Workplace Readiness

>> Collaboration

>> Outcomes

>> The Telling Tales Project

Telling Tales
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by Ryan G. Schultz
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INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOPS

“Telling Tales” is an interdisciplinary workshop to help enhance classroom engagement. Using physical theater and story telling as a means of creatively reaching across disciplines, Paul Rajeckas teaches students how to access their personal experiences as a method to making deeper, more personal connections to course material. The workshop enhances student understanding of literature, history, politics and ultimately, their lives. > SEE THEATRE WORKSHOPS

  • Paul has the unique ability to be a catalyst for the
    kind of creative student work we have been looking for.

    ~ Mary Avrakotos - ARTSwego Director/Coordinator, SUNY Oswego
  • I think in any context, working with Paul is going
    to yield unpredictably, unexpectedly fantastic results.

    ~ Maureen Curtin - Associate Professor of English, University of New York Oswego
  • One of the best examples of how the arts are imbued
    in everything and how everything is imbued with art.

    ~ Jane Winslow - Professor, Department of Communication Studies
WORKSHOPS FOR THEATRE STUDENTS
IN RAJECKAS' WORKSHOP, students practice “agility of mind”: learning how to interpret and
turn a story into a scene, then into a play, Using a “Beginners Mind”, students work in groups drawing on their
instincts as playwrights, choreographers and actors, exploring connections between different ways of
seeing and understanding a story, all in the service of arriving at the “heart“ of the tale they want to tell.

PAUL RAJECKAS > PERFORMER, NOTES TO THE MOTHERLAND

Do you know the stories of how your ancestors came to America? What about the stories left behind? NOTES TO THE MOTHERLAND is a transformative tale of one son’s search for his immigrant family’s history that brings the audience center stage into this compelling journey. This is a must see for anyone who is interested in exploring who we are and how we got there.    > PLAY VIDEO

REVIEWS

Rajeckas plays numerous roles, each of which
starts as caricature but ends up feeling like flesh and blood.
...the spry performer's remarkable physicality and
offbeat humor make the show as endearing as it is cathartic.

TIMEOUT Four Stars - Hank Shteamer

Rajeckas' semi-autobiographical piece, written with George L. Chieffet,
who directs, is altogether extraordinary.

BACK STAGE - Irene Backalenick

A compelling, gut-wrenching, and surprisingly funny one-man play about
the search for a family history in the aftermath of WWII Russia.

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

It is mesmerising...a journey - physical and psychological -
that carries a rapt audience along with it.

THE STAGE - Jeremy Austen

For unparalleled excellence among New York City productions...
the following are hereby bestowed with unmitigated honors.
Notes to the Motherland by Paul Rajeckas and George Chieffet

THEATREMANIA.COM - Alan Klasfeld

A virtuoso performance is to be found in Lithuanian-American actor
Paul Rajeckas’s excellent one-man play NOTES TO THE MOTHERLAND.

THE SUNDAY HERALD - Mark Brown

...a deft piece of drama and physical performance
set to Rajeckas’ own compelling soundtrack.

BACKSTAGE.COM - Andy Propst

Rajeckas is obviously a well-trained physical actor,
with compositional tricks to bring us here and there with the flick of a wrist.

nytheatre.com - Ishah Janssen-Faith

Paul Rajeckas

(203) 561 2898

tellingtales@prajeckas.com

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