MATT HERTENDY- Acting Instructor
Matt Hertendy is an Ottawa-based, actor, producer, and playwright. His 2016 play Rideshares & Rope Swings was awarded the 2016 Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding New Creation, and for himself, Emerging Artist of the Year. Rideshares has since been performed as far as Halifax and Philadelphia. Recently, Matt received the 2018 Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Male Performance, as well as the Ottawa Fringe Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in Cart Before the Horse Theatre Company's production of Lungs by Duncan Macmillan (which is being remounted at the Arts Court Theatre in January of 2019). April 2019 will see the world premiere of his latest script THE IKEA PLAY. He is the Co-Founder of Two Kind Boys Theatre, current Artistic Director of New Theatre of Ottawa, and this year will serve as Associate Dramaturg for the 2019 Emerging Creator's Unit. 

Take the first step into the world of acting! 


Gain confidence / Train to become an actor / Improve your voice and communication skills / Have a blast and meet new people! 
Every class - Different Exercises. Improv, Acting Exercises, Work on Scenes, Voice Work and more! 


This is our most popular course! It offers an intro to acting in a lively, fun and supportive atmosphere. Ideal for those with little or no acting experience, the course provides participants the opportunity explore acting in a fun & practical way. Everything from acting techniques and methods to scene study and character development is covered in this introductory course. Laughs and new friendships are guaranteed! Whether you are serious about becoming an actor or simply wish to try something new and creative,
you will find this course fun, social and rewarding. 

"So much fun, and so rewarding. I almost didn't sign up but I'm so glad I did. I've taken 4 classes and plan to take more. Taking courses also led to landing my first professional acting job."​ - Tahera Mufti

ACTING 1: BEGINNING

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR: 

"The staff is amazing and the insights the instructors provide is second to none. Come for the fantastic atmosphere, stay for the people you'll meet. A genuine gold mine for anyone who has a passion, or wants to have a passion, for the performing arts."​ - Michael Rogov

Upcoming Classes

Downtown Location (Bank St.)
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Acting 1: Beginning 


With Matt Hertendy

​​Location: AC Downtown
Sundays, January 6th - February 24th
8 Week course

4:30PM - 6:00PM
$295.00 + HST

With John Muggleton

​Location: AC Downtown
Tuesdays, January 8th - February 26th
8 week course
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
$295.00 + HST


"I'll show you - in a fun, social and challenging setting - the fundamentals of acting and what you can do with it. These classes aren't just for aspiring actors - many people take these classes to gain confidence, to challenge themselves or just to have fun!"​ ​- John Muggleton, Instructor

JOHN MUGGLETON - AC Co-Founder & Acting Instructor
Actor, director and teacher John Muggleton has been acting professionally for more than 20 years. Recent shows David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (Best Production 2015 Capital Critics Awards) and Speed-The-Plow (Outstanding Male Actor nomination Prix Rideau Awards, Best Actor Nomination Capital Critics Circle Awards), Sébastien de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons, and Wrong Turn at Lungfish (Acting Award of Excellence Eastern Ontario Drama Festival). Television credits include Treehouse TV, Goregoyles, the Gemini winning Skylight and BRAVO TV’s Mann to Mann in which he was also a writer. John also appeared in over 650 performances of Second City’s Tony 'n Tina’s Wedding in Toronto. John is a recipient of the Audrey Ashley Award for longstanding dedication to the Ottawa theatre community. John's full first length play Burn will be performed at the Gladstone Theatre during the summer of 2017 and at the Tsawwassen Theatre, Vancouver, in September of 2018.

Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013