I love seeing my students develop

Portrait image of theatre director and acting teacher Paul Golub
Theatre director and acting teacher Paul Golub

Director and teacher Paul Golub, 55, explains his passion for the theatre, and why France is so supportive of the arts

Describe what your job involves

I have two distinct roles – I run a professional theatre school L’Académie de l’Union in Saint-Priest-Taurion, near Limoges, where I teach acting skills to a select group of pupils.  I also direct plays independently – which are performed in theatres throughout France.  A few have even been performed overseas, in locations such as Russia and Morocco.

At the school, I develop the curriculum and work closely with a small number of students over a three-year period.  At present, we have 17 students, and they were whittled down from around 300 applications.  Part of my is to audition the best 50 applicants every three years, working with them over the course of a week before making the final cut.

How did you end up doing it – was it planned?

As part of my work as a director, I have worked closely with the Théâtre de l'Union in Limoges over the years.  In 1997, they created the school which is affiliated with the theatre.  It has now become one of 12 national French theatre schools, and is entirely publicly funded.  In 2013, the job of Director became available; I applied and here I ...

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