Born and raised in Auckland, Paul Mathews joined the RNZB from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2006, as the Todd Scholar. He has performed a wide variety of leading roles, including Scrooge and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Hilarion in Giselle, Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, the Leading Man in Who Cares?, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, the Blackamoor in Petrouchka, and Hook in Peter Pan.
Paul has also performed many works by international and New Zealand choreographers including Christopher Hampson, Javier De Frutos, Andrew Simmons, Jorma Elo, Benjamin Millepied, George Balanchine, Larry Keigwin, Ethan Stiefel, David Dawson, and Liam Scarlett.
In 2014, Paul travelled to Tokyo to guest with Ballet Chambre Ouest for the creation and world premiere of Jo Funaki’s Counter-Heartbeats. 2015 roles include Gamache and the Don in Don Quixote, appearing in the original casts of both Dear Horizon and Passchendaele, and Demetrius and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2016, Paul performed in Andonis Foniadakis’s Selon désir, as part of the RNZB’s acclaimed Speed of Light programme, and as both the Lion and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz. He ended the year reprising both Hilarion in Giselle and Demetrius and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in both Hong Kong and Wellington.
In 2017, Paul received critical acclaim from reviewers around New Zealand for his portrayal of Tybalt, in Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Francesco Ventriglia. He also performed in Alexander Ekman’s Episode 31 as part of the Three By Ekman triple bill, and appeared as the Toreador in Roland Petit’s Carmen. Paul began 2018 as Alastair Stewart in The Piano: the ballet.
Paul is supported by The Dress Circle and is an Ambassador for Vodafone