Paula Jane Newman

Paula Jane Newman

Paula is known as the Real Deal. She couldn’t be fake if an Oscar depended on it. An immigrant to the United States and first-generation college student, Paula graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with College Honors in Acting. She is the Founder of Aware Meditation Inc. a wellness nonprofit and developed the Rise Up Comedy outreach in 2023. She has performed in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and all over the United States from the World Famous Comedy Store, the Laugh Factory, House of Comedy, and appears in over 100 TV or films.  Her performance background, meditation training and intuition developed the Stand Up Comedy for healing program. A chronic pain warrior, she explored meditation after experiencing a work-related injury due to repetitive computer/office work as an alternative to long term pain management without using pharmaceutical drugs. Her teacher training took over 6,500 hours including spending time in India and studying Vedic texts. She is a Vinyasa trained Yoga instructor, inspirational/motivational speaker, comic and prolific voice over artist in the Los Angeles area. Prior to her injury she had founded a nonprofit theatre company and spearheaded the Carnegie Mellon West Coast undergraduate drama showcase which continues today.  Her accent, vocal work and compassion living in physical pain brings a unique, relatable, and fun teaching environment. She has appeared as a meditation teacher on CBS’ GoodDay Sacramento, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap (as George Hamilton’s meditation teacher), Fox 21 News, Mental Happiness Hour Podcast, The Boss Life Balance Podcast, VivaGlam Magazine, Courageous Women’s Magazine to name a few media highlights. She wrote the book Vedic Meditation Stories, is currently writing a new book about Stand Up Comedy, has spoken at sobriety conventions, pain management centers and businesses. She has been invited to the Cambridge University Press’ Bio Ethics in Education conference to workshop, “Getting to Yes”, with medical students and doctors regarding prejudice within the medical field of BIPoC patients but COVID19 had other plans.