Producing Artistic Director
Paul has been a producer for three decades in New Jersey’s professional theater circuit. He joined Pushcart Players in 1982.
While still an undergraduate at Montclair State University, he co-founded Ironbound Theatre in Newark, where Whelihan served as Managing Director. He was the Development Director of Forum Theatre Arts Center in Metuchen, and Audience Services Coordinator for Premier Stages at Kean University. In 2007, Whelihan co-founded Running Rabbit Theater, a company organized to instill a lifelong appreciation of and support for theater in young audiences and their families. Running Rabbit received unprecedented first-year funding from both the NJ State Council on the Arts and The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Whelihan is an actor, director, stage manager and playwright as well.
He’s written nine plays for family audiences, including the ground-breaking Treasure Island, the first professional production of its kind in New Jersey wherein the entire cast used spoken word, singing and American Sign Language to illuminate the story.
His first play produced by Pushcart is 2017-18’s Velveteen Rabbit. He has performed, directed and stage-managed off-Broadway (47th Street Theater, 59 East 59 Theatres, NY Fringe Festival, 54 Below) and regionally (Royal Poincianna Playhouse, Broward Center for the Arts, Centenary Stage, Luna Stage Company, Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum, Forum Cultural Arts Center, Quillo Arts Center, The Growing Stage, Dreamcatcher Rep) in musicals, dramas, original works and locally produced television, film and web series projects (featured in the web series, The Madness of Art).
As a teaching artist, Paul directs productions for Franklin Middle School (Somerset), Rockaway Valley School (Boonton), MLK School # 6 (Passaic), and Breezy Point Summer Theatre Program (NY).