AJ Paulin joins our performing arts department as the theater technician. AJ has worked as a production manager, lighting manager and master electrician for many theaters including San Diego State University, Moonlight Amphitheatre, California Baptist University, and most recently, The Producers Club in New York City. AJ earned his bachelor of arts in theater from California Baptist University and his MFA in technical design from San Diego State University where he later taught film and design courses.
Q: What was your first impression of the Bishop’s Community?
A: When I first walked on to the campus there was such a noticeable plethora of arts-related activities and areas. For example, in the reception area lobby, the were many photos of arts activities ranging from theater to ceramics. I knew that Bishop’s was going to be a great school to work for since there was so much emphasis on creativity.
Q: What do you love most about teaching?
A: Interacting and engaging with the students. In the beginning part of the semester my classes feel very lecture-ish, but as the class proceeds, it becomes an artistic expression of experimentation, to test different ways of designing theatrical productions.
Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?
A: Professionally, my greatest accomplishment was being nominated for San Diego’s Critics Circle for best Lighting Design a few years ago. Personally, my greatest accomplishment would be graduating with my MFA in Design and Technology as well as marrying the love of my life, my wife, Christa.
Q: Who is your hero/mentor?
A: My mentor is named Lee Lyons, he was one of my major influences in continuing to pursue teaching theater. It was with his guidance that I decided to go to graduate school, not just to get a higher degree, but with the goal to become a teacher and share my passion with students.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: I would like to go tour and track my grandfather’s and great uncle’s deployment in Japan and Europe during WWII.
Q: If you could travel in time, what time period would you visit and why?
A: I would want to travel to the Golden Age of Hollywood, so I could audition and dance with Gene Kelly in the movies.
Q: If you had to sing karaoke, which song would you choose?
A: “Ocean Avenue” by Yellowcard
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: Slow Drivers
Q: What’s the last book you read?
A: “Electricity for the Entertainment Electrician & Technician” by Richard Cadena
Q: Who was your favorite teacher in school and why?
A: My favorite teacher was my eighth-grade drama/choir teacher who made me audition for my first musical, “Peter Pan.” After that experience, I have never stopped theater.
Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: The ability to change a burned-out light bulb by just snapping my fingers. That would be so handy in the theater.