Charismatic, smart, and talented, Paul Mow was born to perform. An accomplished operatic tenor for over a decade, Paul performed at the New York City Opera for five years, as well as several engagements at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has also worked with dozens of opera companies and orchestras both domestic and abroad. In addition to performing on the operatic and concert stages, Paul won many awards and competitions, most notably The George London Award for the Kirsten Flagstad Prize.
Paul’s directing career includes Director of Theatre at Southwestern Michigan College, as well as stage directing at a multitude of regional companies including the past ten years of summer musicals with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, The Twin City Players, The Beckwith Theatre, and the South Bend Civic. He's produced countless celebrated shows including Spring Awakening, Airline Highway, Peter & The Starcatcher, Next to Normal, Caroline: Or Change, The Bridges of Madison County, Parade, Hairspray, Sister Act, In The Heights, The Secret Garden, SHREK: The Musical, Amahl & The Night Visitors, & The Last 5 Years.
Currently the Theatre Coordinator at Lake Michigan College, Paul credits his main pedagogical influences of vocal technique to his voice instructors Martha Sheil, Arthur Levy and Jerold Siena as well as his coach/accompanist of many years Eric Malson, with whom he recorded Brahms’s 15-song cycle Die Schöne Magelone, Op. 33 in New York City’s Town Hall on the Lyrichord Label in 2007.
After years of witnessing what the performing arts can do to uplift people, Paul’s passion sparked an idea to create “a more immersive performing experience in Southwest Michigan.” Once he partnered with other like-minded community leaders, he saw his dream become a reality with what is now The GhostLight Theatre, located in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Learn more about The GhostLight Theatre at ghostlightbh.com
Winner - The George London Award – The Kirsten Flagstad Memorial Prize
Winner – First Prize – Florida Grand Opera YPO Competition
Winner – First Prize – National Society of Arts and Letters Competition – Boca Raton, FL
Winner – Study Grants – Jensen Foundation; Gerda Lissner Foundation; Wagner Society of Washington, D.C.
Winner – Richard F. Gold Career Grant – Shoshana Foundation
Finalist – Eastern Regional Metropolian Opera National Council Awards; Houston Grand Opera McCollum Competition