Paul J. Potenza
Paul J. Potenza has worked as an actor and director in the Tampa Bay area for over 30 years. He was the first performer to grace the stage of the Shimberg Playhouse (then called the Off Center Theater) in Eric Bogosian’s one man tour-de-force Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll. Potenza has worked with many of the Bay area’s finest theater companies including Eckerd Theater Company, The Loft Theater, Tampa Players, Stageworks, freeFall and American Stage. He is happiest about his continued collaboration and artistic association with Jobsite Theater.
Favorite roles include Ulysses in Annapurna (which won him the 2015 Best of the Bay award for best actor), Jack in Race, The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Michal in The Pillowman, Nick the Fire Captain in The Guys, Johnny in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Arnold in The Boys Next Door, and Renfield in Dracula. Potenza is honored to be able to complete the Leenane trilogy written by Martin McDonagh, having been at the helm of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Lonesome West, and A Skull In Connemara. Other directorial productions include Jobsite’s production of the Tony Award winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Rabbit Hole, Topdog/Underdog, and subUrbia. In 2011, Paul was honored to win Best Actor in the first annual Jeff Norton Awards for his portrayal of Felix Unger in The Odd Couple, which also garnered him his first Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award for the same category.
Paul is a goldsmith by trade and has owned and operated Design One Jewelers in Clearwater for 37 years. Potenza shares his life with his wife Roz (the artist in the family), and their dogs Ida and Bean who own all the furniture in the house.