John Steven Paul
John Steven Paul grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and was already in love with theatre when he arrived at Valparaiso University as a first-year student in 1969. As a junior, he spent a year in Coventry, England, serving as a student member of the staff that created plays for the Cathedral. After college, he taught at a Lutheran high school in New York before going to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, where he would earn the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. In 1979, he returned to Valpo, beginning 30 years of award-winning teaching in the Department of Theatre, which he chaired for 15 years. He taught courses in dramatic literature, playwriting and screenwriting, drama and the church, and non-Western theatre. He also directed more than 60 plays, musicals, and operas for the University Theatre, in addition to founding Soul Purpose and the Young Actors Shakespeare Workshop and directing the Christ College drama workshop. He was active in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and worked on countless campus committees and special events, and he had served since 2005 as program director of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. He died unexpectedly on July 10, 2009. His wife, Margaret Franson, is Associate Dean of Christ College.
Memorials may be made to the Valparaiso University Department of Theater or Christ College.