Paden is a fifth-generation Texan who called New York City home for 16 years. More recently, he’s gone to wherever the work is; Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle and back to NY. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY) and is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.
His first screenplay, As Far As The Eye Can See, shot in Central Texas in ’15. It made its World Premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival in August of ’16 followed by runs at: Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth (awarded Top Texas Film), Durango Film Festival, Hill Country Film Festival, Cinemonde Screening Series (NY) and Local Sightings Film Festival (Seattle).
He made his directorial debut with his next script, Jerry Don, that shot in Los Angeles in the spring of ’16. It premiered at the Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg, TX. More dates on the horizon for both films.
Paden writes for film, TV and theatre. His first play, The Play About The Coach, toured across the country and won the Dallas Fort Worth Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Touring Show in 2009. He has numerous projects – two pilots, three features, two shorts and one play – in the pipeline. Most of his work is based in his home state of Texas. He often writes on the themes of isolation and identity, with an eye towards the ongoing cultural shifts in the country.
As an actor, Paden’s work has been seen in New York, Los Angeles and in the regions. Plays, one-man shows, musicals, film, commercials, voiceovers – he’s done some of it all.
His influences span from Texas country music to the work of the Group Theatre. He reads Peter Brook and listens to Warren Zevon. He’s a fan of Anton Chekhov, Horton Foote and Daniel MacIvor. Also, Rebecca Solnit, Paul Newman, Robert Duvall, Patty Griffin. But at this time, who’s doing it better than Bill Murray?
If you’re ever stuck in an elevator with Paden (perish the thought) and need to make conversation, here are a few topics that should engage him: Jim Jones and The People’s Temple, Lyndon B Johnson, the Dallas Mavericks, George C Scott’s rejection letter to the Academy, Robert Moses, and the films of the 1970’s.
Paden is a luddite, spends almost no money on possessions, but enjoys traveling. Montreal is one of the best cities in the world. Rome and Paris are special. The Hill Country of Central Texas is near and dear. New Orleans, Santa Fe and the Berkshires of Western Mass are great, too. And have you been to Nova Scotia? Plan that trip now.
Paden is still bummed that Guy Clark is dead. He’s probably listening to James McMurtry right now. And he’s pretty sure Willie will live forever.