PAUL DOWNS COLAIZZO is an American playwright and filmmaker born on this date.

His play Really Really premiered at The Signature Theatre in Arligton, Virginia in January 2012, breaking Signature Theatre box office records. A new production opened Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theater in January 2013 directed by David Cromer as part of MCC’s 2012–2013 season. The MCC production was sold-out and twice extended. Colaizzo stepped into the play for three performances in the role of Johnson while actor Kobi Libii filmed a television pilot.

Colaizzo’s play Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill premiered at Signature Theatre in autumn of 2013 starring Christine Lahti. A reading of the play, held in New York City in October 2011, was directed by David Schwimmer and produced by Jeffrey Richards, starring Julie White and Jonathan Groff.

Colaizzo served as the Script Associate for the musical Sister Act, contributing additional book material with Douglas Carter Beane.

In 2015, Colaizzo’s medical drama LFE was picked up to pilot by CBS.  It starred Melissa Leo, Danial Sharman, and Brandon Michael Hall. Later that year, he signed a 2-year overall deal with CBS, during which he served as an Executive Producer and co-writer for the pilot episode for the network’s reboot of MacGyver.

In 2019  his first movie, Brittany Runs a Marathon was released,  starring Jllian Bell, from a screenplay he wrote, and served as an executive producer.