Paul Dunckel grew up just outside of Detroit and worked as a shipping services broker, a snow plow operator, and a bartender until he scraped together enough resources and courage to leave town and study performance. Paul received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa where he studied both classic and contemporary American theatre. He worked in collaboration with some of the finest young playwrights in the country in the highly respected Iowa Writer’s Workshop and performed in over a dozen productions in his three years in Iowa.
Paul relocated to Chicago in 2000 to begin his career and within his first year in the city he became an ensemble member of the Piven Theatre. He has performed in many productions there including King Lear, Our Country’s Good, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Book Of Days, Great Expectations and Mad Forest. He has also performed with Redtwist Theatre, Vitalist, Stage Left, Raven Theatre, and Griffin Theatre, among others. He was part of the cast of the award winning Timeline Theatre production of Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention, and recently portrayed Sir Ernest Shackleton in Irish Theatre of Chicago’s critically acclaimed, The White Road. He has developed an outstanding reputation for his wide range of work on the stage, playing everything from sympathetic villains to flawed heroes, milquetoasts to heavies, with energy, nuance, and depth. The Chicago Tribune has called his work “exceptionally intelligent”, while TimeOut Chicago said regarding his performance in Redtwist’s Opus, “...Dunckel is especially good; it’s impossible to take your eyes off him... there [is] something deeply human in Dunckel’s portrayal of a charismatic and stubborn artist driven toward perfection...”
Paul is equally comfortable in front of the camera and has appeared in or voiced several television shows, films, and commercials, including NBC’s Chicago Fire and Fox television’s The Chicago Code. He has also hosted live commercial trade show presentations in Chicago, Detroit, and Las Vegas. He is a skilled announcer and is trained in both ear and tele-prompter. He specializes in dialect and accent work, and coaches other local talent in over a dozen different varieties including regional
British, regional American, Irish, Scottish, German, and Russian.
Paul enjoys playing the guitar, cooking, cycling, camping, hiking, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and their two year old son.