May 4, 2020
Paul Ciaccia III is a graduating senior, majoring in mathematics. Paul has always loved theater but never really got involved until coming to Drexel. During his freshman year, Paul ran into our beloved director Bill Fennelly while leaving class in MacAlister and Bill convinced him to audition for Little Shop of Horrors. Paul auditioned and was cast as Wino #1. Being in his first show since A Christmas Carol when he was 8, Paul dove right in to the theater scene here at Drexel. After Little Shop, Paul began to get more involved in theater at Drexel, doing cabarets and Director’s Lab performances. This culminated in him receiving a performance scholarship in the Winter term of his pre-junior year. After gaining great training from our talented staff, Paul was cast in She Kills Monsters as the Narrator and other various monsters. Paul loved his time working on SKM and studying under the amazing KC McMillan and learning stage combat from Mike Cosenza. There was no break for Paul after She Kills Monsters; he was immediately cast as Jake Dillinger in the Spring 2019 production of Be More Chill. Paul had a great time working with director Nick Anselmo on such a fun show while it was also running on Broadway! Paul’s last mainstage performance was as Black Stache in the Winter 2020 production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Black Stache was a dream role for him and Paul is so thankful to director Jesse Bernstein, Peter Danzig, and everyone else involved that made it such a fun show!
Paul would like to thank Nick Anselmo, Bill Fennelly, Peter Danzig, Jamison Foreman, Perry Brisbon, D’Arcy Webb and Charles Gilbert, KC McMillan, Mike Cosenza, Dann Dunn, Chris Duke and Jesse Bernstein for being fantastic instructors and helping him to refine his craft. He would also like to thank Paul Jerue, Chris Totora, Amanda Hatch, Jill Keys, and everyone in production that makes all of these shows happen. Paul would also like to thank his fellow company members for their support and for their work during every production in the last 5 years. Theater is such a gift at Drexel and has provided Paul with some of the best memories in his college career. Paul will never forget his time here at Drexel and would encourage anyone who might want to get involved to go for it!