As the stage director of "Trial By Jury" for Hubbard Hall Opera, NY (photo by Alexina Jones)
"Director Paul Sigrist takes this classic vignette and dolls it up in a way that might take some Gilbert and Sullivan aficionados by surprise. But I kid you not when I say that I nearly fell off the bleachers laughing...."
Chris Buchanan, berkshirefinearts.com
For playing The Sergeant of Marines in H.M.S. Pinafore; New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP), City Center, NYC (photo by David Sigafoose)
"The other principals--William Whitefield as Bill Bobstay, David Auxier as Bob Becket and Paul Sigrist as The Sergeant of Marines--all made excellent contributions."
Trial by Jury, directed by Paul Sigrist for Hubbard Hall Opera Theater; Kevin Ruby as the Learned Judge and Eileen Vanessa Rodriguez as Angelina; Photo by Alexina Jones
Paul Sigrist as The Sergeant of Marines in H.M.S. Pinafore; NYGASP; City Center, New York. Photo by David Sigafoose.
For playing Major-General Stanley in "The Pirates of Penzance"; The Theater at Monmouth, ME
“And then there is the incredible Paul Sigrist, who plays the Major-General. A veteran of Gilbert and Sullivan, grand opera and Broadway musicals, Sigrist’s turn here is a minor comedy miracle. In one of the most difficult songs in the show, “A Perfect Model,” Sigrist turned the house on it’s ear.” J. P. Devine, The Kennebec Journal, ME.
For playing Reginald Bunthorne in "Patience"; Camp Hill Light Opera Experience, PA (CHLOE)
"His declamation of Bunthorne's latest poem is riotous, and if his 'If You're Anxious For To Shine' was a trace more lyrical than comic, one can hardly complain. These, and Lady Jane's description of Early English aesthetics (trimmed in Venetian leather and Florentine lace, and "something Japanese") are the moments of the greatest outright comedy..."
Marakay Rogers, BroadwayWorld.com
Paul Sigrist as Major-General Stanley and his servant (with the luncheon...) in The Pirates of Penzance; Theater at Monmouth, Maine.
Lara Wilson as Lady Jane and Paul Sigrist as Reginald Bunthorne in Patience; Camp Hill Light Opera Experience (CHLOE) in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Publicity photo taken during a voice lesson with legendary soprano Anna Moffo; photographer unknown
As a Victorian bartender. Informal photo taken backstage at SNL during a costume fitting.
PAUL SIGRISTis a NYC-based professional actor, classically-trained singer, stage director, costume designer and interviewer. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he is a descendant of legendary Puritan forefather Roger Williams as well as Captain Isaac Paine, who fought in the American Revolution. Educated at the Williston Northampton School (Tim Wallis Award), Skidmore College: double BA in Music and American Studies (Periclean Scholar) and New York University (complete scholarship/stipend for interdisciplinary graduate studies). Voice teachers have included Ruth Lakeway, John Muriello, Karen Lykes and singing legends Anna Moffo and Marni Nixon.
MUSICAL THEATER, OPERETTA AND OPERA: Twenty seasons with the professional repertory company The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players (NYGASP) with Off Broadway performances in NYC as well as touring throughout the U.S., Canada and England. Other companies include Liederkranz Opera Theater, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of New York, Light Opera of New York (LOONY), Measured Breathes Opera, Reimann Opera Theater, Rockland Opera, Berkshire Opera, Opera Excelsior, Opera Saratoga Summer Intensive, Camp Hill Light Opera Experience (CHLOE) and others.
FILM, TELEVISION AND COMMERCIALS: Played real-life Grateful Dead keyboard player Brent Mydland in the feature film THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED. Appearances on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE JIMMY FALLON SHOW, THE ELECTRIC COMPANY and others. Played a comic rocker dude annoying the giant purple kangaroo in a SAG-contracted animated spec commercial for Aussie Shampoo produced by Animated Storyboards in NYC. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4086116/
STAGE DIRECTING: Recently directed scenes and/or shows for the Opera Saratoga Summer Intensive, The Home Made Theater and Hubbard Hall Opera Theater.
PROFESSIONAL INTERVIEWER: Ten years as the Director of the Ellis Island Oral History Project at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, overseeing all aspect of the internationally-acclaimed project and personally conducting over 400 life-narrative recorded interviews during that time and available to the public through a variety of sources. The texts set to music by composer Alan Smith for his song cycle Vignettes: Ellis Island, written for famed mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, were based on some of these interviews.
CHURCH SINGER AND CONCERT WORK: Has a long history as a concert singer and a professional church singer, having worked in Episcopal, Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Dutch Reformed and Lutheran churches during his life.
MUSEUM WORK: Past positions have included being the historical clothing/textile curator for the excellent collection owned by the Saratoga County Historical Society, the first archival curator of the extensive Anita Pondorff Yates Collection for Skidmore College and the author of the art and furniture collections catalog for the famed artists colony Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY. http://collections.si.edu/search/results.htm?q=Sigrist+Paul+Eugene
Informal photo taken during the concert scene shoot for the feature film The Music Never Stopped; Paul Sigrist as Grateful Dead keyboard legend Brent Mydland
The Pirates of Penzance; on tour in the midwest with NYGASP
The Yeomen of the Guard at City Center in New York; NYGASP; warming up backstage.
As The Physician-In-Chief in The Rose of Persia at City Center in New York; NYGASP; photo by David Sigafoose
As a bird watching tourist in The Elixir of Love at Liederkranz Opera Theatre in New York.