Interview – Paradoja Studios co-creator Michael Pagano discusses how he staged his own shows – and how you can, too


Listen to the full interview with Michael Pagano below:

Michael Pagano


I work with this wonderful group of young writers and performers called Paradoja Studios ( It’s a group that creates and produces its own original stage shows. Michael Pagano is one of its co-creators and head writers, and he spent some time talking to me about the process of creating one of these shows, where he draws inspiration from, and how someone with similar aspirations can succeed.
From working closely with him for nearly four years, I can attest that Mike is a driven, creative, talented self-starter who realized early on that he wanted to present his own material to an audience.

It’s a gutsy move for anyone, at any age.

For all of his insight,listen to the whole interview, it’s an eye opening learning experience. But, for the sake of brevity, here is some of Mike’s great advice for people who want to put on their own shows:


  • Have a positive attitude and self-confidence. Have confidence in yourself and know that what you create is worthy of people’s time. He said it’s “like putting a little grenade there and watching it explode. Whether it’s a nice, cool explosion or it hurts somebody, it’s just fun to do that.”
  • If it’s on your mind, then do it. If you took the time to write it, then it’s worth the time to present it.
  • Don’t get caught up in what you think people will think. The most important person to make proud is yourself.
  • If you have a dream, do it now. You aren’t promised tomorrow. Don’t wait for your big break, you have to make it yourself.
  • Surround yourself with people who are just as positive as you are.

When we started the Paradoja shows, we had a budget of $0 (and still do). You don’t need a lot of money or fancy equipment to stage an excellent show. Find a community stage that you can use for a reduced price, or for free. Advertise for free on the internet (listen to what Mike says about promoting your show), and use your cast and your positive support system to spread the word.

Start in your community, do your best, and be proud of what you’ve created.