Paul Richard Surace, LMFT
Paul Surace is a dramatist, producer, actor, teacher and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has earned two Master’s Degrees (Communications & Clinical Psychology), and has even put in five years as a stand-up comic. As a Walt Disney Company Fellowship winner, he wrote and developed several screenplays with his writing partner, one of which (Bullies) went into development. A second screenplay (Grave Knowledge) also went into development with Hollywood producer, Lynda Obst.
Within the last five years, Surace has written over 30 short plays, some of which have been produced in New York City―including Grave Knowledge at the American Theatre of Actors. His play, The Last Call, was produced at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. During that same five-year period, he also wrote and produced three installments of his evening of original one-act plays called New York State of Mind to mostly sold-out audiences. Many of these plays appear in this book. Surace’s full-length Christmas dramedy, Merry Christmas, Miss Molly, was produced on theatre row in New York City. Another full-length, family drama, Homecoming, was produced at the Sherry Theatre in North Hollywood.
As a teacher, Surace taught undergraduate students at St. John’s University in New York and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He also spent a number of years teaching younger, middle-school, and high-school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a therapist, Paul currently teaches classes in Communication, Anger Management, and Work Stress Reduction and for decades has been counseling young teens, adults, couples, and families. This is Paul’s first published book of plays, but he promises that there will be several more to follow.