Paul Louis Lessard was born in Bethesda, Maryland in November of 1985. After two years he moved with his family (including 3 older sisters) to Okemos, Michigan.
After watching his sisters perform in numerous church musicals and dance recitals, he couldn't sit still any longer and finally made his debut as the cutest little lamb this side of Bethlehem at People's Church in East Lansing at the age of five in their annual Christmas musical. After tackling the complex and pivotal role of Fagin from Oliver! in 6th grade, "...a brilliant piece of acting...real grounded, real committed, real... real," he reminisces from a 1996 interview over chocolate milk, he hit the stage floor and never looked back.
Paul found a serious love for singing, dancing, and acting throughout his middle and high school years, which ultimately brought about exciting opportunities and unforgettable experiences. He was the first grand prize winner to sing solo with The Lansing Symphony at only 15 years old as part of their "Sing Lansing!" competition, backed by a full orchestra at the acclaimed Wharton Center in East Lansing. Winning various vocal competitions at the local, state, and national level, his favorite memory was being awarded the "Most Promising Musical Theatre Performer" in the mid-west and Canada his senior year at the international NATS competition. While in high school Paul studied voice, dance, piano, and ran cross-country. He worked as a choreographer for his high school musicals in addition to being a director for the high school talent show, senior representative for his school's National Honors Society, a president of his school's peer counseling group, and recipient of numerous school and community dramatic and vocal awards.
In the fall of 2004, he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan to study musical theatre at The University of Michigan, and even studied abroad in London at The London Dramatic Academy in the winter of 2007. During the summers between years at college, Paul worked at The Interlochen Arts Camp and in summer stock at The Wagon Wheel Theatre in Indiana and Music Theatre of Wichita in Kansas.
Since moving to New York City, Paul has worked in theatres all over the country. Concert work highlights include Lincoln Center, Birdland Jazz Club, and Le Poisson Rouge among others.
He is eternally grateful to his family and the friends who have supported him throughout the years, and is looking forward to seeing where this theatrical journey will take him next.