About Paul Meier

paulPaul Meier is a dialect coach for theatre and film;  a theatre professor specializing in voice, speech, accents and dialects, and heightened text; and the founder of the highly successful podcast, In a Manner of Speaking, dedicated to the spoken word.  This has been his calling for more than 40 years, in his native London, in the United States where he is now based, and all over the world.

He has coached many feature films, including Oscar-winning director Ang Lee’s Ride With the Devil; and close to two-hundred plays and musicals for the theatre in more than a dozen countries. See his IMDB listing and Wikipedia page for complete details.

Paul is the founder and director of the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), the internet’s largest archive of English-language accents and dialects as spoken by people around the globe.

With his wide range of character voices and dialects, Paul is much in demand as a voice-over artist and has been heard internationally in commercials for such clients as Ford, Coca-Cola, Sprint, Bayer, and Walmart — he was the voice of the Walmart icon Smiley in 2003. Listen to his demo:

Beginning in 1975 with his reading of Of Mice and Men for the BBC, he has recorded numerous audio books; Ayn Rand’s famous novel, Anthem, is his most recent. During his membership in the famous BBC Drama Repertory Company, Paul acted in over 100 radio dramas, working alongside such colleagues as Richard Burton, Derek Jacobi, and Paul Scofield. This body of work continues to be available today.

He has taught at some of the most famous theatre schools such as The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Webber Douglas, North Carolina School of the Arts, and at the University of Kansas from 1988 to 2018, where he was Head of Voice in the Theatre Department. He is now professor emeritus.

Read Paul’s account of his life’s journey here, in “My Journey to Now,” a 2017 article he wrote for The Voice and Speech Review.


Actors Coached (short list)

John AlesJonathan BrandisA.J. BuckleyJewel KilcherJim CaviezelSimon Baker DennyPeter CoyoteStewart Finlay-McLennanLouise FletcherBill IrwinGabrielle FitzpatrickDiana HardcastleTom HulceKris KristoffersonElizabeth LackeyTobey MaguireStephen MailerTerrence Mann, Dev Patel, Callum Keith RennieJonathan Rhys MeyersKim MyersMark Ruffalo, Don Swayze, Skeet UlrichCelia WestonDavid WenhamValerie WildmanPeter WingfieldTom WilkinsonJeffrey Wright.

Accent and Dialect Teaching

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, UK
London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), London, UK
Webber-Douglas School of Drama, London, UK
Department of Theatre, University of Kansas, Kansas, USA
The Drama Studio, London, UK
The City Literary Institute, London, UK
The North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), North Carolina, USA


Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama, London; Dip.Ed., Honors in Phonetics and Dialects
University of Kent at Canterbury, England; BA (Honors), English & American Literature
University of London, Certificate of Proficiency in Phonetics (first class)