Paul Gallis created his first professional set design for the Holland Festival in 1974. For seven years, he was a member of the artistic board of Netherland’s famous Globe Theatre Group. In 1987, he co-founded the Theatregroup Amsterdam where he acted as a member of the artistic management team until 2001.
Ever since having started to work on a freelance basis in the Netherlands and abroad, Paul has created near 300 set designs for diverse productions in theatre, opera, ballet, for musicals and for around the world: the Schillertheater and the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, the Schauspielhaus Bonn, Hamburg’s Thalia Theater, the Colosseum Theatre Essen, the Apollo Theatre Stuttgart, the Opéra de Nice, Copenhagen’s Det Ny Teater, Milan’s Theatro La Scala, Het Eilandsje and Stadtheater in Antwerp and Brussels’ Opera de la Monnaie. For Broadway, Paul designed Cyrano the Musical. Other musicals include She Loves Me, Joe, the Musical, Evita and Elisabeth, which was awarded with a price for best design. Furthermore, Paul created sets for the musical Tintin based on the creations of Hergé, which was produced in French and Dutch – for this production he was nominated for Best Set Design for a Musical. His design for Anatevka/Fiddler on the Roof was awarded with the Johnny Kraaikamp Musical Award. Recent productions include the set design for La traviata at the opera Maastricht and in 2015 the set design for Madama Butterfly in Hildesheim.
He also received the prestigious Proscenium Award for outstanding services to the theatre, and for his design for the exhibition Holland Rama at The Open Air Museum in Arnhem, a „flying” capsule for an audience of 150 that visits over 20 panoramas, he was given the Thea Award, the „Oscar“ in the world of museums.
More theatrical exhibitions were created for the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum for Antiqueties in Leiden.
The Queen of the Netherlands awarded him the title Ridder in de orde van Oranje Nassau (Knight of the Order of Oranje Nassau) for his achievements in the Netherlands.