2007 Alumni Guest
boston college arts council
Director Paul Daigneault '87
Recipient of 2007 Arts Council Alumni Award
Paul Daigneault is artistic director of SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston. He founded SpeakEasy in 1992 and has made it a major player in Boston's arts community. Over the past fourteen seasons, SpeakEasy Stage Company has distinguished itself as Boston's premier theater staging Boston premieres. Recently, SpeakEasy was singled out by Variety, the entertainment newspaper, as a force in regional theater and a champion of small, often over-looked musicals.
The organization is involved in theater-education projects, provides internships for college and high school students, and participates in a variety of community outreach and support projects.
As Producing Artistic Director of SpeakEasy, Paul has produced over forty-five Boston premieres since 1992. Directing credits for SpeakEasy include Caroline, or Change, Take Me Out, Johnny Guitar, Company, Elegies: A Song Cycle, A Man of No Importance, Bat Boy: The Musical (2003 Eliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Small Company), Passion, A New Brain, Violet, Merrily We Roll Along, A Class Act, Songs for a New World, Floyd Collins, Jeffrey and Love! Valour! Compassion! Paul’s 2002 production of Bat Boy: The Musical ran for 105 performances and won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Production and the IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for Best Musical.
The Boston Business Journal included Mr. Daigneault on its "40 Under 40" List in 1999, and he was named one of the top ten directors in Boston by The Boston Herald in December 2000. SpeakEasy's productions of Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey and Eric Bogosian's SubUrbia, directed by Mr. Daigneault, were awarded the Boston Theater Award for Outstanding Production in 1996 and 1997, respectively. SpeakEasy's 2002 production of Batboy: The Musical was honored with five IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) awards including Best Director for Mr. Daigneault. Mr. Daigneault was also the winner of the 2003 Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Director - Small Theatre for his work with Passion and Batboy. He earned a B.A. in English from Boston College in 1987.