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Paul Urcioli

Assistant Professor of Theatre Practice in Performance


Paul Urcioli is an actor, director and producer.

On TV, he just completed a pilot for ABC and most recently appeared in The Lincoln Lawyer, On the Verge and Kevin Hart’s True Story all for Netflix; guest starred on Maggie for ABC/Hulu, recurred as Morgan Jennings on Paramount’s 68 Whiskey and guest starred on FX’s Dave. Other guest star appearances include: Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Americans (recurring), Elementary, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, Homeland, The Good Wife, Golden Boy, Royal Pains, The Unusuals, Cupid, Fringe, Queens Supreme (recurring), Cashmere Mafia, Six Degrees, Conviction, as well as many appearances on all the Law & Orders. On film you’ve seen him in Can’t Take it Back, Stranger in the House, The Amazing Spiderman 2, The Wolf of Wall Street, Adult Beginners, Shelter, Thanks for Sharing, Morning Glory and 3 Backyards.

Theater Credits include: In NYC – Point Last Seen (Atlantic Theater Company 2nd Stage), The Invitation (Ohio Theater), Goner, Sexual Perversity in Chicago (The Present Company), Over the River and Through the Woods (The John Houseman), Americana Absurdum (Lucille Lortel and P.S. 122), Greg Kotis’ Eat the Taste (Barrow Street Theater). In LA – Donald Margulies’ Time Stands Still. International – Americana Absurdum (Edinburgh Fringe First Winner 2000) and at the Menier Theatre in London in 2004.

His commercial work includes over 75 national spots.

Paul directed the short films Where You Go (which premiered at Cannes) and Runners which premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival and has been an official selection at three more. His theatrical directing credits include Mary Go Nowhere (world premiere at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe), an all-female version of Moliere’s The Learned Ladies (Cake Productions and Ateh Theater Group), Reckless, Weekend at an English Country Estate, Revenge of the Space Pandas, Our Town, The Devil & Billy Markham, Twelfth Night, Bridezilla Strikes Back (NY Fringe Festival Award Winner), Brian Parks’ Suspicious Package (HERE), The Rimers of Eldritch, The Women, Pullman Car Hiawatha, Harm’s Way, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet. He’s currently producing the feature film Phoenix, as well as producing and directing two continuing web series It’s in the Bible and Up in My Grill.

Here at the USC School of Dramatic Arts he teaches Intro to Acting, Improvisation, 20th Century Realism (Drama and Comedy), Magic Realism as well as On-Camera Technique. Prior to USC He taught in the NYU BFA program for 25 years at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School; also at PACE University and The Matt Newton Acting Studio. He was an Artist in Residence at Oberlin College teaching acting, movement, improvisation and performing with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.