Paul AustinNoted writer, actor and director Paul Austin will be featured at the October 9. 2016, Second Sunday Poetry Reading at The Depot, 200 South Jones. Mr Austin will read from his works beginning at 2:00 pm. There is no admission charge. All are welcome.

Over his decades long career, Paul Austin has written for and about the theatre in essays, poetry and plays. His work has appeared in such publications as This Land, Sugar Mule and Newport Review. Late Night Conspiracies, a collection of his writings, was performed with jazz ensemble at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre where he is a long time member. He is currently working on three collections: Actors; Mother and Son; and Persons of Influence.

Paul Austin has acted and directed On and Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, summer stock, and regional theatres around the nation, as well as acting for television and film, including roles on West Wing, Law and Order, and the films, Palookaville, Thirteen Conversations, Tune in Tomorrow, and Sommersby. Among recent stage appearances were the title role in Krapp’s Last Tape and Foreman in Vaclav Havel’s Audience. Oklahoma audiences have seen him on the OU stage as Neils Bohr in Copenhagen, to celebrate the Centennial of the OU Physics Department, and The Cherry Orchard.

He was for many years the Artistic Director of The Image Theatre in New York, where he produced plays and taught acting. In addition to teaching privately in NY, he has also taught at the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and was a tenured faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College for twenty years. Mr. Austin recently received the Teachers who Make a Difference award from the Creative Coalition at the Sundance Film Festival.

He is married to Oklahoma native, the novelist Rilla Askew. Since a year ago August, Mr. Austin and Ms. Askew, who teaches Creative Writing at OU, have made their home in Norman.

Events at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council and by generous corporate and individual donations. For additional information about Depot events and programs, phone 405-307-9320.