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Submitted photo VP Boyle (aka Paul Negri) is using his dramatic talent to launch a new film school in Los Angeles. Boyle is a former Illinois Valley resident who pursued his dreams as an actor and then also became involved in the production end of his industry.
Growing up in Oglesby and then La Salle, VP Boyle (aka Paul Negri) found purpose in the dramatic arts. Attending Oglesby Lincoln and Washington schools, he said his first mentor was music teacher Ruth Moyle of Oglesby. “I remember Paul playing baritone sax,” Moyle said of the young man who played Baloo the bear in a production of “The Jungle Book.” “He always had that dramatic talent,” she said. The son of Janet Kay Malcolm, now of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Vincent P. Boyle Jr., VP attended La Salle-Peru Township High School where Robert Manahan introduced him to musical theater. “I was very active in band, chorus and drama at L-P,” Boyle said in an e-mail interview. “So much so that I had to take classes during lunch hour, study halls and summer to be able to do it all and still get in all my college prep.” He said at the time, he graduated with more credits than anyone in the history of L-P. “He was an excellent student,” Manahan said. “He came into advanced chorus his junior year. That mind is always going.” Manahan credits Boyle’s talents to his mother. Malcolm was active in chorus while attending L-P-O Junior College. “Paul was quite talented … a very creative person,” Manahan said. “He was a fine musician and is a faithful friend of mine and L-P.” In addition to high school, every summer he would perform in a musical at Stage 212 including “Grease,” “West Side Story,” “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “A Chorus Line.” “As a theater person, I grew up there and consider a few of those folks my early mentors to this day,” he said. But college sent him in a different direction. He graduated from University of Illinois and earned a degree in business administration and marketing. “Every chance I could, I took classes in dance, acting and voice while staying in business school,” Boyle said. “I graduated early … and was offered a job as a buyer with May Department Stores.” But the job wouldn’t start for six months, so he auditioned for a performance role at King’s Island and worked in the main stage show. Cast in “The Diamond Horseshoe” at Walt Disney World, he asked for a year off from his job as a buyer telling them he wanted to study corporate business at WDW. But upon returning to May, he realized he wasn’t happy as a buyer and returned to performing full time. He moved to New York planning to pursue life as an actor and performed in “Sunset Boulevard” and “Scarlet Pimpernel.” “I got bored, so I dabbled in casting for two years,” he said. “My casting experience was crazy and I was casting Broadway shows, national tours and Off-Broadway out of the gate. It doesn’t usually happen that way. “That was when I really started to move into the classroom and became a unique coach. I was young, in the thick of casting and still performing, so my approach covered technique and industry perspective.” After discussion with partners Glenn Kalison, president, and Celina Polanco, director of admissions, the three decided to create a film school partnered with a motion picture studio. Boyle, chief operating officer, moved to Los Angeles and launched Relativity University. The trio hopes to be able to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in film production, acting, musical theater, commercial dance and entrepreneurship in media. He also teaches workshops across the country. His favorite? “Pop/Rock has become one of the things that I am requested to teach at universities and thespian festivals,” Boyle said. “I always love teaching that class no matter where or who is the audience. I’m pretty irreverent in general, so that course is a natural playground for me. “But in the end, my favorite thing to do is coach contemporary musical theater to really talented people.” Cynthia Rolando can be reached at email@example.com or (815) 220-6934.