Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013


A showcase featuring your short play

See your play come to life!


John has been an actor,director and playwright for over over 25 years. Recent acting credits include David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (Best Production 2015 Capital Critics Awards), Speed-The-Plow (Outstanding Male Actor nomination Prix Rideau Awards, Best Actor Nomination Capital Critics Circle Awards), and The Extremely Short New Play Festival. John was commissioned by Parks Canada in 2004 towrite and direct a series of plays celebrating Canadian history and folklore: Spirits Rising, Shadows of the Fort, The Islands, Ghosts of the Rideau and Sir John, were performed across Eastern Ontario over an eight year period. For television, John was a writer on Showcase’s Mann to Mann, directed by Derek Diorio (Hard Rock Medicine, House of Luc) and featured Patrick McKenna. John recently wrote the full length play Burn, which ran for 13 sold out snows at the Avalon Studio, and will be performed at the Gladstone in August and in Vancouver in January of 2018. A member of ACTRA, The Canadian Actors Equity Association and the Playwrights Guild of Canada, John is a the co-founder of the Ottawa Acting Company and a recipient of the Audrey Ashley Award for longstanding dedication to the Ottawa theatre community.

Each participant will be immersed in the world of writing for live performance! Learn how to make your characters come alive, write believable dialogue and structure your scenes for maximum impact, all to develop a short play that will be performed as a staged reading in the Avalon Studio. Whether you’ve never written anything before or you’re experienced in another kind of writing, this course offers guidance in character development, play structure, setting, dialogue and formatting.  You’ll work on directing techniques, how to boost creativity and confidence, and above all have fun in this exciting group class!

Actors for the showcase will be provided by The Acting Company.

8 week course begins Wednesdays, July 5 - August 23 / 7:00 - 9:00 PM - $295

* The Showcase will take place during the last class on August 23 at 7:30 PM 


Do you have any questions with regards to this course? If so,contact the instructor