After summer sessions on scholarship with Boston Ballet and the School of American Ballet and years in musical theater productions, Paul Murphy left high school in his Junior year and gave up a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Houston to study on full scholarship at the Houston Ballet Academy, dancing the lead male role in "Paquita" for graduation. After spending a year as an apprentice with Houston Ballet, he was a member of Omaha Ballet, the Komische Oper Ballett Berlin, Ballet South, and also danced as a guest artist with many companies before joining Ballet West in 1996, dancing there until 2002. In 2000 he became resident choreographer with Mountain West Ballet and was the director there from 2004-08. In 2009 he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Biotechnology from UVU.
- Cast by Bart Cook to perform "Aria 1" in Balanchine's "Violin Concerto" (with Ballet West)
- Performing the role of the "Village Boy" in Christopher Bruce's "Ghost Dances" (with Ballet West)
- Creating seven original, full-length ballets for Mountain West Ballet