Paul Capsis

Emcee

Paul Capsis is one of Australia’ s most versatile performers. His extensive career has included theatre, film, television, live concerts and cabaret. Paul has performed with Australia’ s leading theatre companies (Sydney Theatre Company (STC), Melbourne Thea tre Company (MTC), Malthouse Theatre and Company B Belvoir) and internationally in Vienna, Hong Kong, London, Edinburgh and New York.

Paul’ s theatre credits include Barrie Kosky’ s ‘ The Lost Echo’ (2006, STC) which earned him the 2007 Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play. ‘ Boulevard Delirium’ (2001, 2002 and 2005 Schauspielhaus, Vienna and 2005 Australia) with his Australian performance earning him the 2006 Helpmann Award for Best Contemporary Concert Performer and the 2006 Green Room award for Best Cabaret Artiste. Other awards include the 2004 Green Room Award Best Cabaret Artiste, and another recent Green Room award nomination for his role in the cutting edge Sisters Grimm production, ‘ Calpurnia Descending’ . In 2002 Paul received the Helpmann for Best Live Musical Presentation for ‘ Capsis vs Capsis’ for the Sydney Opera House. His interpretation of Riff Raff in ‘ The Rocky Horror Show’ also generated much excitement and acclaim.

Paul’ s body of work was acknowledged as recipient of the prestigious Sidney Myer Individual Performing Arts Award in 2012.

In 2010, Paul’ s performance in the Malthouse Theatre and Victorian Opera co-production of ‘ The Threepenny Opera’ has been variously described as “fabulous”, “riveting” and his vocals, “hints of Nina Simone, with extra growl.” His appearance in ‘ All About My Mother’ for the Melbourne Theatre Company was reported by The Age “as disciplined a piece of comic acting I've seen...”. Paul’ s touching and intimate one man, co-written play ‘ Angela’ s Kitchen’ resonated with audiences and critics alike. Variously described as “deeply affecting theatre”, “a compelling and emotional tale” and “a beautiful gift all round”, ‘ Angela’ s Kitchen’ received the 2010 GLUG award for Best New Australian Play and subsequently the 2013 Helpmann awards for Best Actor in a Play and Best New Work.

Paul’ s theatre work in 2014 included an Adelaide Cabaret Festival/State Theatre Company of South Australia co-production, ‘ Little Bird’ . This one man show specifically commissioned for him, written by Nikki Bloom and an original musical score, has since toured with rave reviews of Paul’ s performance. 2014 also saw Paul in his first thoroughly enjoyable foray into children’ s theatre as Stromboli in the Windmill and State Theatre Company of South Australia’ s reinvention of ‘ Pinocchio’ . ‘ Pinocchio’ toured to New York in March 2015. Later in 2015, Paul appeared as the Lion in the Belvoir Theatre production of ‘ The Wizard of Oz’ .

Paul’ s recent theatre work includes an inspired performance as the iconic Quentin Crisp in ‘ Resident Alien’ .The Canberra Times noted “Capsis catches all of this with a rich voice, a face and a body that can be both grotesque and beautiful, and an actor’ s deep intelligence”.

Paul’ s musical background is as diverse as his inspirations, having sung with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa and many others. He is always in demand for music and arts festivals in Australia and internationally, with sell-out shows at ‘ Festival of Voices’ (Hobart), Adelaide Cabaret Festival, ‘ Melt’ (Brisbane), ‘ Cabaret Soiree’ (Perth), ‘ La Soiree’ (Sydney and London), and for the Melbourne Arts Centre.

A popular guest in television variety, Paul has performed for popular Australian television programs including ‘ My Favourite Album’ , ‘ In Siberia Tonight’ , ‘ The Sideshow’ , ‘ Sunday Arts’ , ‘ Spicks and Specks’ , ‘ Studio A’ with Simon Burke, ‘ Mornings with Kerry Anne’ , ‘ Studio at the Memo’ , ‘ The Eurovision Quiz Show’ as well as appearing as a guest presenter for the ABC’ s ‘ Art Nation’ .Paul has also twice been a member of the Australian jury for ‘ Eurovision Song Contest’ .

Paul’ s film credits include Ana Kokkinos’ 1998 film ‘ Head On’ which won him the 1998 Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Supporting Actor and a nomination for an AFI Award in the same category. He has appeared in the ABC Telemovie, ‘ Carlotta’ and the ground breaking online series, ‘ I Love U But’ .Further television drama roles are scheduled for broadcast later in 2016.

Paul’ s recordings include ‘ Paul Capsis Live’ , recorded in 2003, featuring backing from the Café Of the Gates of Salvation; a brilliant studio album, ‘ Everybody Wants To Touch Mei, released in 2007 and, his most recent, jazz-inspired ‘ Make Me A King’ which includes many of Paul’ s favourite “torch songs”, released through ABC Music in July 2010 and inspiring a Helpmann nominated cabaret show and national tour.