Dylan Paul is an actor in the company of Moulin Rouge the Musical, opening on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2019. His Broadway debut was with Cabaret at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 and he has played principal roles with the Oregon, Illinois, and Houston Shakespeare Festivals, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and the American Shakespeare Center. In tandem with a performance career, Dylan has pursued a research and teaching agenda centered on heightened text, voice, and speech.
As a Fulbright research grant recipient, he examined heightened text in Trinidadian Masquerade, additionally creating the Traditional Mas Archive. As a free resource dedicated to preserving Mas performance practices, it has been exhibited at the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago. Other research efforts include the redesign and standardization of the International Dialects of English Archive, a major online tool for the study of accents and dialects of English as spoken in over 120 countries.
Dialects and phonetics are integral parts of his work as a professor, designing courses in voice, text, Shakespeare, and other performance areas for MFA and BFA students at the University of Idaho. He is a recipient of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association Clyde Vinson Award and has taught voice and speech work at the University of Houston and the University of the West Indies. MFA: University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program, BFA: Theatre & Voice, University of Kansas.
Direction, coaching, workshops
As a voice and text coach, he has worked in the United States and abroad, including heightened text and dialect coaching for Oedipus Rex, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Present Laughter. NYC collaborations include directing Dürrenmatt’s Romulus the Great and co-directing Molière’s Don Juan for Empirical Theatre. Via workshops and private sessions, Dylan coaches speakers in accent alteration and performance. He also conducts workshops on how to use Dungeons & Dragons as a framework for characterization.
Whenever possible, Dylan is developing/failing to fix/restarting/delaying an original musical based on the Harper’s Ferry Raid of 1859.