A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Paul Clements trained and worked as a schoolteacher in Birmingham until, after publishing and broadcasting poetry in numerous magazines and on radio, he was recruited to the staff of the recently established Midlands Arts Centre. After four years there, he became Fellow in Drama at Manchester University (try explaining that job to your friends!) and later was appointed founding Artistic Director of Contact Theatre in Manchester. After three years in the job, he was invited to join the staff of the University of British Columbia in Canada.
After teaching, acting and directing in Vancouver, he taught at Bretton Hall College before joining the staff of the (now, Royal) Welsh College of Music and Drama as Director of Drama. He was Principal of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (1996 – 2008). During this period, he worked regularly in Denmark and was a co-holder of The Golden Bear award at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival for his contribution to Minor Mishaps which was voted Best European Film of that year.
Retiring from Mountview in 2008, he has continued to teach at RWCMD. In partnership with Sabine Berendse, he devised and performed a stage presentation about the relationship between the German artists, playwright Bertold Brecht and composer Hanns Eisler which has been performed all over Europe and throughout the USA and China. The book on which the presentation was based, and which he and Berendse translated from German, is published by Bloomsbury under the title Brecht, Music and Culture.