Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

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.

DAVID WARBURTON - Acting & Voice Instructor
David has enjoyed a wide and varied career in the professional theatre for over 35 years. After graduating from The Rose Bruford College in the U.K. he started out at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield for five seasons as a founding member of The Theatre in Education Team (T.I.E) as well as appearing on the main stage where he especially enjoyed performing in Traditional British Pantomime. After becoming resident in Canada in 1990 he worked with The Manitoba Theatre for Young People for 20 years as an Actor, Director, Educator and Primary Creator.  Recently he was a company member at Bard On the Beach, Vancouver, performing in Pericles and Othello. Closer to home he was a member of the resident Ensemble at The National Arts Centre appearing in Stuff Happens, Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Importance of Being Earnest. Selected credits include; The Player’s Advice to Shakespeare (New Theatre Ottawa /Edinburgh Fringe); Calendar Girls (The Grand Theatre London), August: Osage County (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) A Christmas Carol (Theatre North West).


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!         

"The most fun I've ever had in my life!" - Joy Ralph

Studio 55: The Art of Acting with Chris Ralph

Want to learn new acting skills to deepen and enrich your performances? In Studio 55: The Art of Acting, students will explore a different acting philosophy and technique each week. Discover the unique approaches of master acting teachers from the past 100 years, and then immediately apply them to your own scene work in class. Stella Adler, Konstantin Stanislavsky, Sanford Meisner, Patsy Rodenberg and more! This course is for any acting student who wants to learn more about the history of acting for the stage and gain practical techniques for a more refined performance!​

Location: AC Downtown

Thursdays, May 3rd - June 21st

8 week course

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
​$295.00 + HST

​​Studio 55: Showcase with Chris Ralph

Here's your chance to act in a play! You and your fellow Studio 55 classmates will be cast in a play and experience the rehearsal process working with a real director. With guidance from your instructor, students will rehearse for two hours each week in preparation for a Friday night Showcase for family and friends! This process will integrate props, costumes, sound effects, music and lights to create a memorable performance.

Location: AC Downtown

Tuesdays, May 8th - June 26th 

8 week course

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

*Final Performance Friday, June 29th at 7:30PM

​$295.00 + HST​​​

Studio 55: Improv with Mary Harvey 

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of improvisation, one of the most fun forms of acting around? Then sign up for our Intro to Improv Acting course! Learn the fundamentals of improv comedy, improve your storytelling skills, learn to think quickly on your feet and how to be more creative.  Through warm-up 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 introductory course is a fantastic way to change the way you think! Start where everyone starts: at the beginning.  ​

Location: AC Downtown

Wednesdays, May 2nd - June 20th

8 weeks


$295.00 + HST


CHRIS RALPH - AC Co-Founder & Executive Director

His most recent acting credits include roles in Half Life (Theatre Northwest); A Christmas Carol (NAC); Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Plosive Productions); Up to Low (Easy Street/Magnetic North Festival); Glengarry Glen Ross (Avalon Productions – Capital Critics Award for Best Production); Billy Bishop Goes to War (Plosive Productions – Capital Critics Best Actor nomination); Death and the Maiden (Plosive Productions); and The Game of Love and Chance (Odyssey Theatre). Chris is a proud member of Plosive Productions – one of Ottawa’s longest-running indie theatre companies.