Ethan is originally from Newton, MA. Thanks to his mother's wise decision to sign him up for theatre classes, Ethan grew up performing and studying all over Massachusetts. After High School, Ethan attended Emerson College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting. After graduation, he moved to New York City and began living the alleged "dream". Ethan began almost immediately performing in New York, on national tours and regional theatre. Favorite credits have include the title role in Elf (Arkansas Rep) Oliver! (Cameron Mackintosh's national tour), Compleat Wks of Wllm Shkspr ABRIDGED (Arkansas Rep), Forever Plaid (TriArts/Sharon Playhouse), The Who's Tommy (Arkansas Rep/Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), tick, tick..BOOM! (Cape Rep/Provincetown Theatre), The Diary of Anne Frank (Ocean State Theatre Co.) Old Wicked Songs (Provincetown Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Northern Stage/Arkansas Rep), Gross Indecency (Provincetown Theatre), Avenue Q (Arkansas Rep) and The Full Monty (Arkansas Rep/Cape Rep/Provincetown Theatre) Side Man (Cape Rep), The Drowsy Chaperone (Cape Rep) The 39 Steps (Alhambra/ACCC) and Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Arkansas Rep) A Christmas Story (Alhambra) and 1776(Ocean State Theatre Co.). Ethan was a member of the Equity acting company at the historic Weathervane Theatre appearing in 9 to 5, Kiss Me, Kate, Moon Over Buffalo, Avenue Q and the regional premiere of Young Frankenstein for which he received a 2012 NHTA nomination. He returned in 2017 to be Intern Program Director in addition to his work on the mainstage in Seussical, West Side Story and Inherit the Wind. He is now the Artistic Director of the Weathervane. Ethan created the title role in the regional premiere of Andrew Gerle and Maryrose Wood's The Tutor (SBT/2007 Spirit Award) He also appeared in the regional premieres of Marisa Michelson’s Lovers (Vineyard Playhouse) and Tom Dudzick’s A Miracle on South Division St. (7 Angels) and DT in the original New York production of The Sexless Years at Ars Nova (2006 MAC Nomination) and several engagements of Emily Wade Adam's Love is Blind . Ethan appeared in BC/EFA's Gypsy of the Year at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre. Ethan appeared in the world premiere of Larson Award winner Lance Horne's Back in the Day (Cape Rep) and can be heard on the original cast album. He appearred and co-produced, with Provincetown Counter Productions, the pre-Broadway World Premiere of David Caudle's The Common Swallow. He also appears on Lisa Howard's debut album Songs of Innocence and Experience. Ethan has received best performance of the year citation from the Cape Cod Times twice.
He is currently Associate Artistic Director of Out of the Box Theatrics where he directed productions of 'Master Harold'...and the boys, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and their upcoming Into the Woods. Ethan is a company member of NJ Rep. In addition to performing, Ethan was a founding member of Spontaneous Evolution Ensemble (S.E.E. Theatre), Interim Productions and Paulini and Howell Productions with his partner, Angela C. Howell. He is available for private coaching with Ethan Paulini - Career and Acting Coaching Studio/YOU, Inc #ethancoaches currently boasting over 150 clients on Broadway, Network Television and Feature Film. Ethan is a member of the faculty of the venerable Harwich Junior Theatre. He previously served the Director of Educational Programming for Summer at the Rep at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Ethan has also directed and choreographed The Full Monty and Beauty and the Beast at Penobscot Theatre Company, Cape Cod Theatre Company - Home of HJT’s productions of The Music Man and The Little Mermaid, Provincetown Counter Productions' hits Working and Passing Strange and Speech and Debate for Cape Rep. He created and directed Christina Sajous' debut at 54Below. He also directed readings of Danielle Mohlman's Stopgap (with Annie Golden) and Brooke Ciardelli and Oscar Blustin's A Castle in the Air. He created the critically acclaimed musical song cycle Mama and Her Boys which has been performed over 500 times including an 18 month Off-Broadway Run and he is currently developing Gaylebrity with Kate Pazakis. He co-created Christina Sajous’ Sajous So Far. He is currently collaborating on the new music group The Randy Andys. Nationally, Ethan has appeared in numerous national commercials, films, industrials and a pilot for CBS called 'The Quinn-tuplets', directed by Emmy Winner, Mimi Leder. A proud member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA) Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA) Ethan has appeared in numerous commercials, voiceovers and industrials. He has appeared on episodic television for CBS and NBC. He is represented by Carole Ingber, commercially and Todd Eskin - Across the Board Talent in NY and LA for Television, Film and Theatre. He dedicates all his artistic pursuits to the memory of his mother, Deirdre, who initiated the journey and continues to inspire it every day.