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TIME: Wednesdays 7pm-9pm (Virtual Zoom Classroom)

SESSION 1 START: March 3 – March 31st (5 weeks)

COST: $175.00 ($50.00 Deposit at sign up or Pay Balance)

INSTRUCTOR:  Paul Paliyenko
If class is full send an email expressing your interest to and we will put you on a wait list. If wait list grows an alternate class may be added.


Ages 16+

Prerequisite: Basics Dialects 1 or permission of Instructor. This will be a 5-week class focusing on four primary English dialects – British (R.P.), Irish, New York and Southern. Having worked with a standardized text to differentiate the four dialects and to understand the key components of learning a dialect, we will now apply those dialects to short scenes with partners. We will begin with an accent review in the first class and readings of the initial scenes, then present specific scenes in each dialect the remaining four weeks.


About the Instructor

Session 1

Paul Paliyenko


Paul Paliyenko is a professional actor with over twenty years of experience performing on stage, screen, television, radio, and audiotape as an actor and improviser in Boston and Raleigh. His Triangle professional stage credits include August: Osage County and Barefoot in the Park for Theatre Raleigh as well as Burning Coal Theatre Company’s highly-acclaimed productions of To Kill a Mockingbird, Way to Heaven/Camino al Cielo and David Edgar’s The Prisoner’s Dilemma. Paul performed improv in Boston for many years with the U.S. Improvisational Theatre League. He trained in acting with Michael Shurtleff, Jeannie Lindheim and Bill Young as well as locally with Estes Tarver; in improvisation with Keith Johnstone and Adam Felber as well as locally with Jeris Livengood, and in voice, speech & movement with Leigh Smiley (Linklater), and Annie Thompson. Paul is also an award-winning producer, director, cinematographer and sound designer with hundreds of film, video and audio producing and directing credits from his fifteen-year career in Boston. His students have booked major roles for stage, motion pictures, television and national commercials including The Best of Enemies, Embattled, (Future) Cult Classic, Mr. Mercedes, and many more, as well as many shorts films, industrials, regional commercials and local plays. Paul has also taught at the North Carolina Theatre Conservatory and has held appointments teaching film production at Boston University and Emerson College. Some of his former film production students include film and television directors, Gary Fleder and Chris Koch and screenwriter Peter Filardi.

Paul Paliyenko


**Registration fee waived for the Winter Semester due to COVID-19**

*ALL students must pay a one time ($25) ANNUAL registration fee for administrative and service charges

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