Paul Bargetto

 (Artistic Director & Executive Producer) 

Paul is an international theater director, festival director, and producer.  He is the Founder and Artistic Director of East River Commedia, an international theater company headquartered in New York City and the Founder and Artistic Director of the undergroundzero theater festival.  Other credits include Voices from undergroundzero, a festival of New York based playwrights in translation in Bielefeld, Germany in October 2008.  Recent directing credits include A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians by Dorota Maslowska at the Abrons Arts Center, AutoMotive, an original dramatic exploration of the American experience of the automobile at PS 122, Auto da Fe, by Masataka Matsuda with International WOW at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Crumble, Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake by Sheila Callaghan at the Theater Bielefeld in Germany, Necessary Monsters at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The Magnificent Cuckold at the Connelly Theater in New York, The Jamal Lullabies at Collective Unconscious, The Taming of the Shrew andSerenada si Vulpe Filosof at the National Theater of Constanta in Romania, Serenade & Philosopher Fox at Collective: Unconscious, Philosopher Fox at the Malta International Festival in Poznan, Poland Striptease & Out at Sea at La MaMa ETC, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Riverside Church, and Hecuba in Assos, Turkey. He was the winner of the Best Director and Best Production of a Play awards at the 2005 New York Innovative Theater Awards and a semi-finalist in the Wagner Forum, Ring Award competition, Graz, Austria. He is also a founding member of the League of Independent Theater, a group of activist theater makers in New York City dedicated to improving and promoting Independent and off-off Broadway theatre.  For more information visit