Episode 74. Paul Lenzi – Past Executive Director, Blue Apple Players (1976-2015)
Driven by the need for, and impact of, arts education on young people, Paul Lenzi and his wife, Geraldine, co-founded the Blue Apple Players Theatre Group a children’s theatre company. As its executive director, Paul helps lead the group while they present plays and original musicals throughout the region. The group also provides workshops in schools, focusing in theatre and structured improvisation to help drive student growth. Topics include difficult and real life challenges young people face on a daily basis.
Paul came to Louisville as a theatre graduate from Florida State University and after he worked in public relations for several Florida-based theatre companies.
In the 1970s, Paul and Geraldine co-hosted a local weekly children’s program called “Blue Apple Clubhouse.” He also starred in a children’s program on KET.
Paul has since produced and directed industrial theatre projects for large companies such as Papa John’s, Hardee’s, Beatrice Foods, United Airlines, and others. He is also highly sought after for his extensive skills as a speech coach. When he isn’t busy using his talents in theatres and workshops, Paul can often be found on the golf course.