Episode 6: Chapter 8 Pt. 1
Episode 5: Chapter 7
September 25, 2020
Paul Oakley Stovall
writer, actor, producer, activist
Paul Oakley Stovall is a multi-hyphenate artist and activist based in Chicago. He is currently playing George Washington in the first national tour of HAMILTON: An American Musical by Lin Manuel-Miranda.
While performing on tour, his KernoForto Productions (KFP) has completed three projects. The first, a short film entitled BUFFALO, has been selected to L’Age D’Or Arthouse Film Festival, Kaleidoscope LGBTQ Film Festival, Cine-Maniacs in Germany, and is a nominee for the Pigeon D’Or in Kolkata. It has also recently been selected to Prague, Madrid, Montreal and aGLIFF.
The second, a web series pilot called COLUMBUS, just won best web series at the Big Apple Film Festival in NYC, and scored five awards at the LA Independent Shorts, including Best Sci-Fi, Best Thriller and Best Original Story. It has also been selected to Montreal. Ep102 is in post production.
Other projects in the hopper include FATHERS AND SONS, a messy dramedy about interracial intersectional LGBTQ parenting in a post Obama era; ADVANCE, a political thriller; THREE STORIES HIGH, where Twilight Zone and Black Mirror copulate with Dear White People; THE TRANSMANAUT CHRONICLES, four black teenage best friends on an epic road trip set in 1970s California; and two comedies, GOOD TIMES TALENT and INCOGNEGRO, about a black talent agency, and a black detective agency, respectively. (some treatments, pitch decks, and pilot scripts available)
Mr. Stovall was also a staff writer for season 4 on the STARZ network hit comedy Survivor’s Remorse (Mike O’Malley – showrunner, Ali Leroi – EP) starring NAACP award recipient Tichina Arnold.
As a playwright he is a Steinberg, Jeff, and GLAAD award nominee for his play Immediate Family, which has been directed by Phylicia Rashad at Goodman and Mark Taper Forum.
His musical CLEAR was chosen for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights/ Music Theatre Conference and subsequently his play THE HUNTED (co-written with Evan Linder) was a 2017 Finalist.
As an actor, he has appeared off-Broadway at Second Stage in Tony winner Mary Zimmerman’s Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and at Lincoln Center in the world premiere of Dessa Rose directed by Graciela Daniele. Other NYC work includes .22 Caliber Mouth at Ohio Theatre directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus, and assistant director to Phylicia Rashad for the Signature Theatre production of Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Our Lady of 121st Street. Regionally, Mr. Stovall has appeared in Chicago at Steppenwolf in the world premiere of The Qualms by Tony winner Bruce Norris and directed by Tony winner Pam McKinnon. More recently he has appeared as Belize in Tony winner David Cromer’s production of Angels in America at KC Rep.
National tours include RENT and Once On This Island, and he starred in the world premiere of Seito Ren-San’s political drama Otonari No Dasso Hei at Kunikuniya Hall in Tokyo.
Film credits include Robert Altman’s THE COMPANY, John Cameron Mitchell’s SHORTBUS, and a starring role in Danish film director Bjarke de Koning’s RENOVERING (Renovation) which has been seen internationally in Durban, China, India, Uganda, Serbia, Copenhagen and beyond. TV: Empire (Fox), Chicago Fire (NBC), Shameless and The Chi (Showtime).
Outside of entertainment, Paul served as an press advance associate for Senator, soon to be President Obama and subsequently served as a media logistics coordinator and advance staff lead for First Lady Michelle Obama, representing the Obama administration across the nation and overseas in Sweden, Turkey, Kosovo, South Korea, Canada, Egypt, South Africa, Ghana, Ukraine, Denmark, Chile and the UK among others.