Dylan Paul is a theatre artist, currently in the suspended Broadway company of Moulin Rouge the Musical. He has previously appeared on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54 revival of Cabaret. Prior to the Boston world premiere of Moulin Rouge, Dylan was a resident acting company member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival and American Shakespeare Center. Other credits include the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Houston Shakespeare Festival, and Folger Theatre. In tandem with a performance career, Dylan has maintained a creative agenda featuring faculty service, consulting, and research. [read more] or [instagram]
As an actor, teaching artist, and theatre collaborator, many of his efforts have focused on heightened text. From Shakespeare and Molière to musical theatre, Dylan frequently explores the intersection of poetry, rhetoric, sound, and speech. He has played roles including Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Orlando in As You Like It, Jack Absolute in Sheridan’s The Rivals, Orsino in Twelfth Night, and the titular role of Molière’s Don Juan. As a swing and understudy in the Original Broadway Cast of Moulin Rouge the Musical, he has had the opportunity to play Christian, The Duke, and ensemble roles. Regionally, he has played a range of musical theatre roles, including Chad in All Shook Up and Billy Bigelow in Carousel. Additionally, Dylan originated Musidorus in the world premiere of Head Over Heels, a production uniquely fusing iambic pentameter, rock, and musical theatre. Under the auspices of a Fulbright Study/Research Award, Dylan examined heightened text in masquerade practices of Trinidad & Tobago, eventually creating the Traditional Mas Archive, a free resource that has been widely accessed and exhibited at the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad & Tobago. [read more]
As a steward of the Traditional Mas Archive, Dylan volunteers with an international team to preserve, document, and examine carnival masquerade practices in Trinidad & Tobago. By providing free access to interviews, photos, and carnival character information, TMA has become a small, valued resource for carnival studies, as well as a platform for frequently marginalized voices. In addition to its exhibition at the National Museum and Art Gallery, it is widely accessed by thousands of patrons in Trinidad & Tobago every year. Continuing this trend, Dylan has served the International Dialects of English Archive for over a decade. IDEA is a major tool for the free study of accents, accessed millions by times by performers and the general public each year. As a volunteer, Special Consultant, and Senior Editor, Dylan redesigned, standardized, and continues to support IDEA’s work. Other efforts to support artists include consulting for New York City’s The Possibility Project. [read more]
Teaching, Collaborating, Songwriting
While serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Guest Artist in Residence at the University of Idaho, Dylan designed coursework in Shakespeare, voice & speech, and professional preparation for MFA and BFA actors. He has also instructed voice and speech for MFA actors at the University of Houston and is a recipient of the Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association Clyde Vinson Award.
In NYC, he has directed Dürrenmatt’s Romulus The Great, and co-directed Don Juan, benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
In addition to Actors’ Equity Association, Dylan has been a member of the American Federation of Musicians, playing trombone, keyboards, guitar, and a 3-string cigar box from small bands to Broadway. Since 2016, he has been developing songs for an original musical exploring the Harpers Ferry raid of 1859, some of which were examined at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab. [more]