performance coaching

​​As an entertainment industry professional since 1986, P.J. Ochlan also combines his acting, directing, hosting and coaching skills to help you with your performance and character development. Combining dialect and performance coaching, P.J. is also adept at helping create original characters and impressions for various projects including sketch comedy and talent showcases.


​​Rates are based upon your specific needs. Private sessions are typically one hour and available individually or as multi-session packages. Please contact us for more information and pricing. 

marg haynes  (Director, International Programmes/ Talent Development - Australian Inst. of Performing Arts)

"Australian actors take their training and craft very seriously. At AIPA we only work with industry leaders and professionals. We have had engaged several great US dialect coaches over the years, but the actor feedback and satisfaction has never been as high as it is with P.J. Actors describe him as giving, thorough, attentive, patient and fun. P.J. works with our juniors (8-12 yrs), teens (13-17) and adults 18+. As a qualified teacher, producer and director I would recommend P.J. to any actors looking for a true professional."


“P.J. Ochlan - he's a wonderful actor.  And he can do the accents…"

freedom to perform

An accent is meant to enhance your performance, not hinder it. Too often, accents dictate performances because actors fall into the trap of thinking 'accent = character.' In the real world, one accent is usually spoken by millions of different personalities, so, while cultural differences may inform certain character choices, you should be able to bring a complex and honest persona to your performance just as you would without an accent.

With the Dr. Dialect approach, you'll learn your character's accent as a technical element - not unlike memorizing your lines or hitting your marks. This process will give you the freedom to develop your character 'with the accent' rather than 'by the accent.'

jason henning  (3:10 to Yuma, Swing Vote)

"Hey P.J., just wanted to let you know we got the part!...thanks so much for your help."

"Jason Henning strikes just the right his portrayal of a German officer."   - L.A. TIMES


auditions  ::  bookings  ::  repertoire

Whether you're prepping for an audition, fine-tuning an accent for a role you've landed, or simply looking to expand your accent repertoire and broaden your marketability - Dr. Dialect can help!


​​Please CONTACT us for more information. You may also find answers on our FAQ page.


For actor dialect coaching we typically review the 'rules' of the accent/dialect so you have a clear understanding of why it sounds the way it does and how to reproduce the specific sounds effectively. We then work directly with your project sides/script, applying what you've learned to the specific material you'll be using.

Individual private sessions are generally one hour and are available in person at our Los Angeles office. We also regularly work with many students locally and globally via Skype, FaceTime and telephone. Internet connection speeds vary, however we have found that our online video coaching is typically extremely effective and as good as working in person.

We record in-person sessions and provide you with an mp3. For online video sessions, we encourage you to record from your side using Skype recording software, etc.

dialect COACHING :: accent reduction :: PERFORMANCE coaching 

accent reduction

Textbooks can be useful in mastering English grammar, but they are not typically designed to help you sound American with natural, free-flowing delivery of the language. For accent reduction/modification for actors, we focus on real, everyday speech to illustrate how and why the Standard American accent sounds the way it does. We will cover rules and principles which characterize the accent, and then apply those principles to real-life conversation. And if you are preparing for an audition or a project, we'll work directly with your sides/script.

marjo-riikka makela  (Artistic Director - Chekov Studio)

"P.J. is the real thing! I've had the pleasure of working with him both for my own accents as an actor, as well as bringing him on board to coach my actors while directing. It's been crucial for me, to have a coach who has an endless amount of patience, kindness, sense of humor and ease, but who also TRULY KNOWS what he is talking about and gets quick results with actors because of the wonderful way he works with each individual. P.J. is able to tell it to you in as many ways as you need to hear it to get it! He can change his approach according to your needs. Being an actor himself, he has a wide understanding of the actor's process which is a great benefit when working on a role for an audition or already booked job, because the actors get to work directly on each character's speech while building the character. I hope you will be so very lucky to get to work with this amazing coach soon!"