Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

LEAH COGAN - Musical Theatre Instructor

Leah Cogan is a trained actor and musician who has worked in performance, facilitation and arts education for over 13 years. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University, received Musical Theatre training at Sheridan College, and is winner of CBC’s Canada’s Triple Sensation (2009). A nationally recognized talent, Leah has worked in New York City, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Ottawa, and Providence.

Leah now works as a performance coach in the Ottawa area, offering classes, workshops and one-on-one performance coaching in educational, community and corporate settings. Her work combines a focus in physical storytelling, emotional authenticity, trust building, and arts literacy, with the goal of inspiring vocal, physical and imaginative freedom in her students.   


Fun, social & challenging! This program explores acting, improv, scene study & writing, while focusing on content that is relevant and of interest to adults ages 55+. The afternoon classes offer excellent training in stage craft, and are also a great way to meet new people and have fun! Whether you’re returning to the stage to brush up on skills or fulfilling a lifelong dream of studying theatre, we’re here to tell you it’s really never too late!         

Studio 55: Musical Theatre with Leah Cogan

Musical theatre for EVERYONE!

​Join Leah Cogan for a 8-week exploration of how song and acting can enhance storytelling and add new colors to our actor's palette. Students will learn how to use their voices in dynamic ways, both in song and speech, based on the principles of speech level singing. All voice types welcome! Students will also learn how to move seemlessly from speech to song. It will be a riotous time of full-hearted singing and fun dancing. ZERO experience required!

Location: AC Downtown

Mondays, April 29th - June 24th

8 - Week Course

​1:00PM - 3:00PM

$295.00 + HST

Studio 55: Improv Showcase with Mary Harvey

Learn the fundamentals of improv comedy, improve your storytelling skills, learn to think quickly on your feet and how to be more creative. Through exercises, games and basic short-form scene-work, you will learn how to be more spontaneous, fun and creative in a professional, supportive atmosphere. Whether you want to add more fun and spontaneity to your life or you want to improve your acting skills, our course is a fantastic way to change the way you think!

Location: AC Downtown
Wednesdays, May 8th - June 26th

Performance: June 28th
8-Week Course
1:00PM - 3:00PM
$295.00 +HST​​​​

Studio 55: Showcase with Chris Ralph

The Studio 55 class that ends with a performance! One of our most popular courses, the AC's Showcase course offers participants an opportunity to develop a practical process for acting --- through preparation, rehearsal and right up to the performance. This 8 week course is an excellent opportunity to build upon your existing skills. Participants will work on a one-act play or scene showcase throughout the 8 week course and perform it for an invited audience of family and friends.

Location: AC Downtown

Thursdays, May 9th - June 27th

1:00PM - 3:00PM

8-Week Course

295.00 + HST


CHRIS RALPH - AC Co-Founder & Executive Director

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.