Paul W WarshauerPaul Warshauer has been involved in performing arts and the real estate business for over 50 years. A proud Chicagoan, Mr. Warshauer began his career at age 10 playing Macbeth at Anshe Emet Day School and he's been hooked on theatre ever since. Mr. Warshauer produced and directed his first play, "Adventures in Storybook Land" at Bay Harbor Elementary School in Florida in the 6th grade, (1967).

He was raised by Ben & Libby Warshauer. Ben was a pioneer in the parking industry. Paul began his “business career" by counting monthly parking passes at Tremont Auto Park at the corner of Lake & Dearborn Streets in Chicago. Paul attended Bay Harbor Elementary & Ransom Schools in Florida then graduated from Cleveland Heights High School with high honors and went on to study theater, film and speech at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Rarely missing a year he attended, (then worked at) Camp Waupaca in Wisconsin from 1966 until 1988.

At Northwestern, he created and produced the original improvisational “Mee-Ow Show” in 1974 which is in its 37th year. He also built the world’s tallest house of playing cards in 1976. Paul purchased his first two houses on South Boulevard in Evanston, IL. He rented one and lived in the other thus producing a positive cash flow in his first real estate deal.

A three month tour of Europe in a Volkswagen camper van followed with his lifelong pal, Dr. Paul Adler. He left Northwestern in his junior year to work with a company in Washington DC. In 1979 Warshauer moved to Santa Monica, California and shared an apartment with RAC Clark, (Dick Clark’s son) and pal Ronnie Smith. Paul moved to Woodland Hills and worked at Carpet Town in Monterey Park, CA. While selling carpet Paul earned his BA at California State University, Northridge (1986) with a major in Theatre & English, and a teaching degree. He also took an au-pair position with the Margolese family in Granada Hills and looked after 6 year old Michael Margolese.

Since then, Paul has written, produced and directed 441 productions. These include main stage musical plays, (South Pacific, Man of LaMancha, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, Follies), comedies (Front Page, Arsenic & Old Lace, Don't Drink the Water, Frogs) dramas, (Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Diary of Anne Frank) and has created and directed many programs for Youth Theater, (Treasure Island, Peter Pan, The History of the Universe in 94 Minutes, How to Eat Like a Child).

He directs theater classes and plays for adults, elementary, junior and senior high school kids, and has taught theater arts in public and private schools. He earned his secondary teaching credentials in California, Oregon and Illinois. He also worked with kids of all ages in summer camps in CA, PA, WI, and OR in theatre, television, and drama.

Paul's interest in Murder Theater began in 1991 when he created audience participation dinner theaters for Classicos, an Italian restaurant in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The restaurant owners wanted something special for Halloween and asked Warshauer for a "haunted house." Thinking that too "juvenile,"  Warshauer came up with a concept for the long abandoned hotel upstairs. The audience was introduced to a cast of suspects during a cocktail hour, then formally introduced to the audience before dinner. In between the courses of a meal, the audience wandered around and eavesdropped on characters. Little did Warshauer suspect then that this interest would lead to over 320 original murder mystery plays for many clients worldwide!

Mr. Warshauer was the founder of the Klamath Cable Access Television Station (KCATS) in Klamath Falls, Oregon and served on many boards including the United Way and Klamath Symphony. Paul was married to Rachel Glenn and has two daughters and a son. His daughters have children and live in the Pacific Northwest and his son Tom lived with him in Grand Island, Nebraska in the seven-story Masonic Temple Building. Now Tom is attending West Point (Class of 2015).

In his “spare time,” Mr. Warshauer owns and operates the Retzler Development Group, LLC and Grande Venues, Inc., development companies that acquire, restore, rehabilitate, or operate historic old theatres and buildings. He also travels nationwide to present original murder mysteries and is looking forward to making two reality shows entitled, "It's Murder Out There!" about his work with Murder Mysteries and "Paulie and Me" with his longtime friends Loren Margolese and Steven Jampol about building a microbrewery in Atlanta.

In October of 2011 Mr. Warshauer celebrated his 20th anniversary of writing, directing and producing original murder mysteries.

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