Paul R. Coate is a Twin Cities-based theatre artist and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Paul is as comfortable in the director’s chair as on the stage or in the concert hall. He is the Theatre Director at Breck School in Golden Valley, MN, and was previously an adjunct faculty member at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and Normandale Community College.


Theatre performance credits include Theater Latte Da (where he most recently appeared in the Minneapolis production, North American tours and PBS’s national broadcast of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914), Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Artistry, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare, Theatre Elision, and the Duluth Playhouse, where he recently performed the title role in Sweeney Todd. Opera and concert credits include Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Skylark Opera, Lyric Opera Of The North, and Minnesota Orchestra, and has been conducted by maestros Sarah Hicks, Osmo Vanska, Andrew Litton, Neil Gittleman, Courtney Lewis, Andrew Sewell, and Hal France. Paul has also appeared in a variety of film and television projects, including APRIL SHOWERS (2009). Paul’s has directed stage productions for Normandale Community College, St. Paul Conservatory For Performing Artists, Stages Theatre Company, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Lakeshore Players Theatre. Paul worked for ten years as a radio announcer and manager in Omaha, NE at KVNO Classical 90.7 FM, and has contributed his voice to many recording projects.


Paul received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (where he was nominated for an Omaha Entertainment Award for his graduate thesis, the role of ‘Don Quixote’ in MAN OF LA MANCHA). He has studied acting with D. Scott Glasser and Cindy Melby Phanuef, and voice with Broadway veteran and Tony Award nominee Melissa Hart.


Paul R. Coate lives in Bloomington, MN with his wife, their two children, and their dog.




Paul R. Coate

grand knowing you

Paul’s 2018 album release features 8 tracks from opera and musical theatre, as well as an original piece called “I Remember The Moon” written with composer Jason Hansen. 

Other tracks include: “Mr. Cellophane” from Chicago,
“Grand Knowing You” from She Loves Me, “The Impossible Dream” from Man Of La Mancha, “I’m Off To Chez Maxime” from The Merry Widow, “Amarilli, Mia Bella” by Giulio Caccini, “Take Me To The World” from Evening Primrose (a duet with Sara Ochs), and the traditional Scottish tune “The Parting Glass”.