THE DIRECTOR'S CRAFT with Chris Ralph & Guests
What does a Director do? In this new course, the AC’s Chris Ralph introduces students to the wonderful world of the theatre director! You will learn how professional directors bring stories to life; how they prepare for rehearsals, block scenes, communicate with actors and help them to develop characters. You will have the opportunity to plan and direct your own scene starring your fellow students. Over the duration of the course, Chris will also introduce you to a few of Ottawa’s leading professional directors, who will drop by, to answer questions and share stories about their biggest successes… and their biggest flops! No experience is necessary for this course – only your enthusiasm and willingness to laugh and learn new theatre skills.
Location: AC Downtown
Thursdays, March 14th - April 18th
6 Week Course
6:30PM - 8:00PM
$265.00 + HST
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR:
INTRO TO MOVEMENT with Mitchel Rose
Do you feel “clunky” on stage? Does everything seem effortless when you watch your favourite actors on stage? It is because professional actors understand that expressive, creative and exciting acting is impossible without physical awareness. Movement class is NOT dance. Movement class is NOT some artsy-fartsy thing that artsy-fartsy actors do. It is a series of fun and interesting exercises to help you to develop interesting characters (different from yourself), correct your body habits and finally, you will learn how to behave on stage just like your imagination wants you to do! If you want to be a better actor – you need this course
Location: AC Downtown
Tuesdays, March 19th - May 7th
8 Week Course
6:30PM - 8:00PM
$295.00 + HST
LAURIE FYFFE - Storytelling Instructor
Laurie Fyffe is a playwright, actor, dramaturge, and Artistic Director of Evolution Theatre. Acting credits include, Ava Wolfe in the Counterpoint Players production of Darrah Teitel’s Corpus, and France Brooke in The Secret Life of Emily/Frances, 2015 Fringe. Laurie’s plays have been produced at the Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Blyth Festival, and Theatre Kingston. Her ten-minute play In Kabul premiered at New Theatre of Ottawa’s 2012 Short Play Festival and was subsequently produced at InspiraTo in Toronto, and the Short & Sweet Festival in Sydney, Australia. From 2014 to 2017, Laurie was Managing Artistic Director of Ottawa StoryTellers (OST), where she adapted James Bartleman’s Raisin Wine (2014), and co-wrote A Winter Tale: The Journey of the Blind Harper. Laurie directed Evolution Theatre’s The Home Show produced at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe. In March 2018, Laurie’s play Mirage: The Arabian Adventure of Gertrude Bell was read as part of Alumnae Theatre’s New Ideas Festival, and Being Helen received a workshop and reading at the 2018 Ergo Pink Festival, Toronto. Laurie has her MA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa, 2010, and teaches Scriptwriting for Actors at Algonquin College, School of Media Design.
EMERGING CREATOR'S UNIT with Catherine Ballachey
The Emerging Creators Unit is BACK! That’s right - beginning in February, the Acting Co. will be once again hosting the Emerging Creators Unit. As in past years, our goal is to nurture new writers and foster the creation of theatre in Ottawa. New this year – due to gracious support from the City of Ottawa - we’re thrilled to be able to offer a workshop budget for all projects involved in the unit.
Six artists or collective of artists who define themselves as "emerging" (we're flexible on the definition) will have the opportunity to develop a new project with the guidance of session coordinator and dramaturg, Catherine Ballachey, and Assistant Dramaturg, Matt Hertendy.
The six artists will meet six times between January and April to work with the dramaturgical team and to operate as a support group, supplying feedback on each other's work. This is a great opportunity for Fringe Festival creators or artists producing independently to receive FREE dramaturgical help.
The work will culminate in a reading with actors and an outside director, which will be open to the public. This will be an excellent chance to hear your work read out loud with fresh eyes and perspectives.
There is no cost to participate in this project. In fact, each project will be provided with a workshop budget. However, participants must be present for all 6 sessions and the final workshop.
Sundays, February 17th - April 28th* (Every second week)
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Readings: Sunday, May 5th
CHRIS RALPH - AC Co-Founder & Acting Instructor
Recent acting credits include roles in The Virgin Trial (GCTC); Up to Low (NAC); Half Life (Theatre Northwest); A Christmas Carol (NAC); Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Plosive Productions); The Amorous Servant (Odyssey); Glengarry Glen Ross (Avalon Productions – Capital Critics Award for Best Production); Billy Bishop Goes to War (Plosive Productions – Capital Critics Best Actor nomination); The Game of Love and Death (Odyssey); and Death and the Maiden (Plosive Productions). Chris has taught Voice and Acting at York University and the University of Ottawa. He is a proud member of Plosive Productions – one of Ottawa’s longest-running theatre companies. Chris also serves as a Board Member for the Ottawa Little Theatre. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and has an MFA Theatre from York University.
Back by popular demand!
STORYTELLING with Laurie Fyffe
Do you want to entertain with a personal story? Do you want to bring an intriguing ancestor to life? Storytelling is the oldest art form, and it is the newest. Your story may begin with a faded photograph, a diary, or long ago letters. Or, it may begin with a recent life-altering experience. But where do you begin to tell the tale, and how do you shape a narrative to keep your listeners engaged. In this six-week course, participants will complete exercises designed to help them remember and re-create stories that engage the listener with suspense, conflict, and emotional impact. Come to discover, come to tell, and come to listen.
Location: AC Downtown
This class will be offered at a later date.
Ottawa's Premier Acting School
for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013
MITCHEL ROSE - Movement Instructor
Mitchel Rose is a multi-award-winning theatre creator, director, performer, teacher and co- artistic director of Aplombusrhombus Collective based in Ottawa, Canada. A four-time Prix Rideau Award nominee, Mitchel trained at the University of Ottawa and the Ottawa Theatre School before studying at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. Since then, he has performed and created new work across Europe and Canada, including The Nose in Northern Ireland with Bruiser Theatre Company and Hunger at the Brighton Fringe with The Ice Cream Van. With Aplombusrhombus, Mitchel was co-creator and director of their inaugural production Cardinal (co-winning the 2016 Ottawa Fringe Emerging Artist Award) as well as the Director of 2017’s Prix Rideau Award nominated Ethel. As a teacher, Mitchel has taught movement and devised theatre through MASC with Skeleton Key Theatre and at the University of Ottawa and he is in the process of completing his 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Pure Yoga. When not working in devised theatre, Mitchel can be found rolling around in the grass looking for bugs with his niece and nephews.
ALLISON GRAHAM - Acting Instructor
Allison Graham is a respected member of ACTRA and WGC. She is a graduate The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles, California). She holds an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts from Pasadena City College. In addition to an extensive list of Feature Film & TV credits, Allison has also appeared in 'Da Vinci's Inquest', 'The Line', 'Being Erica', 'The Ron James Show', 'Stargate: Atlantis', 'Rumours', 'The Best Laid Plans', 'Doc', 'Trailer Park Boys', 'Deadfall', among many others.