Paul W. Warshauer's business card says that he is "a theatre professional and historic real estate developer." Mr. Warshauer lives and works in New Ulm, Minnesota. He travels the world presenting original murder mysteries, producing and directing plays and musicals, and works on historic properties. Contact him today for a free phone consultation on a theatre or real estate project.
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Paul W. Warshauer has been involved in performing arts and the real estate business for over 50 years. A proud Chicagoan, Mr. Warshauer began his career at age 10 playing Macbeth at Anshe Emet Day School and he's been hooked on theatre ever since.
Mr. Warshauer produced and directed his first play, "Adventures in Storybook Land" at Bay Harbor Elementary School in Florida in the 6th grade, (1967). He was raised by Ben & Libby Warshauer. Ben was a pioneer in the parking industry. Paul began his “business career" by counting monthly parking passes at Tremont Auto Park at the corner of Lake and Dearborn Streets in Chicago.
Paul attended Bay Harbor Elementary & Ransom Schools in Florida then graduated from Cleveland Heights High School with high honors and went on to study theatre, film, television, and speech at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Rarely missing a year he attended, (then worked as a counselor and fine arts director at) Camp Waupaca in Wisconsin from1966 until 1988. At Northwestern, he created and produced the original improvisational The Mee-Ow Show in 1974 which is in its fourth decade. He also built the world’s tallest house of playing cards in 1976. Photo below of nearly finished card house.
Paul purchased his first two houses on South Boulevard in Evanston, IL. He rented one and lived in the other thus producing a positive cash flow in his first real estate deal. A three month tour of Europe in a Volkswagen camper van followed with his lifelong pal, Dr. Paul Adler. He left Northwestern in his junior year to work with a film cataloging company in Washington DC.
In 1979 Warshauer moved to Santa Monica, California and shared an apartment with RAC Clark, (Dick Clark’s son) and pal Ronnie Smith. Paul moved to Woodland Hills, CA and worked at Carpet Town in Monterey Park, CA. While selling carpet Paul earned his BA at California State University, Northridge (1986) with a major in Theatre & English, and a teaching degree. He also took an Au-pair position with the Margolese family in Granada Hills and looked after 6 year old Michael Margolese.
He earned his secondary teaching credentials in California, Oregon and Illinois. He also worked with kids of all ages in summer camps in CA, PA, WI, and OR in theatre, television, music, dance, art, and drama. Below is photo of 42nd Street on closing night at Calabasas, High School, 1988
Over his career, Paul has written, produced, and directed over 450 productions. These include main stage musical plays, (South Pacific, Man of LaMancha, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, Follies), comedies (Front Page, Arsenic & Old Lace, Don't Drink the Water, Frogs) dramas, (Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Diary of Anne Frank) and has created and directed many programs for Youth Theater, (Treasure Island, Peter Pan, The History of the Universe in 94 Minutes, How to Eat Like a Child, Seven Tales of Cinderella). He directs theater classes and plays for adults, elementary, junior and senior high school kids, and has taught theater arts in public and private schools.
Paul's interest in Murder Theater began in 1991 when he created audience participation dinner theaters for Classicos, an Italian restaurant in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The owners wanted something special for Halloween and asked Warshauer for a "haunted house." Thinking that too juvenile, Warshauer came up with a concept for the restaurant that had a long abandoned hotel upstairs. The audience was introduced to a cast of suspects during a cocktail hour, then formally introduced to the audience before dinner. In between the courses of a meal, the audience wandered around and eavesdropped on characters. Little did Warshauer suspect then that this interest would lead to over 350 original murder mystery plays for many clients worldwide starting as Murder: North by Northwest, then as Murders R Us, now Murders 4 Fun.
Mr. Warshauer was the founder of the Klamath Cable Access Television Station (KCATS) in Klamath Falls, Oregon and served on many boards both for profit and not-for-profit, including the United Way and Klamath Symphony. (Paul's son, Tom at West Point)
Paul was married and has two daughters and a son. His daughters have children and live in the Pacific Northwest. His son, Tom Cravey, lived with Paul in Grand Island, Nebraska in the seven-story historic Masonic Temple Building. Tom graduated West Point (Class of 2015). Below the historic Masonic Temple Building in Grand Island, Nebraska.
In his "spare time," Mr. Warshauer owns and operates Grande Venues a real estate development company that acquires, restores, rehabilitates, or operates historic old theatres and buildings. He also travels nationwide to present original murder mysteries and is looking forward to making two reality TV shows entitled, "It's Murder Out There!" about his work with Murder Mysteries and Paulie & Me with his longtime friends Loren Margolese and Steven Jampol about building a microbrewery. (Below: Loren and Paul discuss renting a massive tour bus!)
Mr. Warshauer moved to New Ulm, Minnesota in November, 2011 to become the first Executive Director of the New Ulm Actors Community Theatre NUACT and continues to produce, direct, and write for theatre, film and television projects. His projects for the State Street Theater involved producing and directing “South Pacific,” “The Front Page” "Fiddler on the Roof," , "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", an original play entitled, "The History of Beer, Part I" and many children's theatre productions including "Our Own Peter Pan," "Our Own Treasure Island," and an original version of "Hansel & Gretel" that featured a baby Tyrannosaurus. (Below is Mr. Warshauer coaching youngest cast member, "Bentley Rolex" how to drive the magic Chitty Car. Yes, it DID fly! Note cables...)
Mr. Warshauer guided the board of directors to change the name of the organization to the "State Street Theater Co. in December 2014. In July 2015 the theatre property was donated by Cenate, LLC to the State Street Theater Co. There is a $3 million renovation/restoration in progress. Below is a team replacing old wooden chairs with temporary comfortable blue chairs.
Paul was the VP and project manager for the historic 56+ apartment unit project located in the classroom section of the former Middle School. The budget is $10 million. Mr. Warshauer assisted I&S Engineers and Architects with the plat for the State Street Theater Subdivision and is working on the Part II and III for the Federal and State Historic Tax Credits for the current developer.
Below is the new logo created by Kayla Stuber, the winner of the SSTC logo contest.
Paul Warshauer travels extensively performing murder mystery and other interactive shows (jewel heists, kidnappings, etc.) shows for audiences from Kindergarten kids to seniors - 97 years of age...and older! Below is press from a recent murder mystery.
His latest project involves the creation of a TV show called, "It's Murder Out There!" a scripted reality show that looks very much like a sit com. Think "Parks and Recreation" meets "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
Finally, (above) Mr. Warshauer and Ms. Vicki Crooks pose for one of his first murder mysteries in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Here, Warshauer (left) plays the role of Sister Mary Cellulite.
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