Paul Aikins, Teacher/Director
Music Theatre Department, Etobicoke School of the Arts
Paul has been on staff at Etobicoke School of the Arts for the past 20 years and was the Department Head for ten years. He is the Artistic Director for the four-time Grand Champion Canadian Show Choir SPLASH and was featured in the CBC special 'Great Lives of Canadian Teachers', and also in the Canadian Screen Award winning 'Best Arts Documentary' UNSUNG - Behind the Glee.
Paul has worked professionally in Music Theatre for 12 years, represented by The Talent House, Career highlights: The Stratford Festival, Huron Country Playhouse, NCL Cruiseline, and Canada’s first mega-musical, Napoleon. More recently, he has focused on Directing/Producing, and has co-directed & produced several shows at ESA, including Les Miserables, Footloose, Seussical, Cats, Anne of Green Gables, Urinetown, A Chorus Line, and Cabaret.
Paul has a degree in Vocal Music from the University of Western Ontario, and is a graduate from OISE – Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto. He holds an Honours Specialist in Vocal Music. Prior to ESA, Paul studied acting at FACT in Paris (Franco Americain Cinema Theatre), and voice with Kevin Stites, Paul Massell and Roma Riddell. He has studied with many dance teachers at the former Randolph Studios in Toronto.
Currently, Paul is also studying to be a certified Pilates teacher with Balanced Body/Retrofit Pilates.