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: World Theatre with Kate Smith & David Warburton

​​​​​​​​​​​​Following the success of our O Canada! course, this NEW course takes students on a trip around the world, as they explore a different International play and playwright each week! Students will learn about the week’s featured playwright, then focus on one of their most well-known works, and get up on their feet acting in scenes from the play. A fun and fantastic way to get a taste of all that World theatre has to offer!

Location: AC Downtown

​Thursdays, March 8 - April 26

8 week course

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$295.00 + HST

​​Studio 55: Showcase with John Muggleton

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

Wednesdays, March 7 - April 25* 

8 week course

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

*Final Performance on Friday, April 27 at 7:30PM

​$295.00 + HST​​​

Studio 55: Shakespeare with Kate Smith & David Warburton

An opportunity to learn the ‘Clues to Acting Shakespeare’ and continue your study of classical acting! This course is open to students who have previous experience working with Shakespearean text or previous acting experience and a passion for Shakespeare. Kate & David will teach you to lift the words off the page and revel in portraying characters navigating love, betrayal, tragedy and mayhem. Tread the boards performing the works of one of the world's greatest playwrights!

Location: AC Downtown

Tuesdays, March 6 - April 24

8 weeks

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$295.00 + HST

Studio 55: O Canada! with Chris Ralph & Kate Smith
Canadian plays, eh? This course takes students on a trip ‘from sea to shining sea’ as they explore a different Canadian play and playwright each week! Students will learn about the week’s featured playwright, then focus on one of their most well-known works, and get up on their feet acting in scenes from the play. A fun and fantastic way to get a taste of all that Canadian theatre has to offer!

Please note: This course will not be offered for the Winter 2 Session (March - April 2018).

Studio 55: Storytelling & Song with Leah Cogan & Accompanist
Do you love music and singing? Have you noticed your voice has changed over the years? Take a musical voyage back in time with experienced Musical Theatre instructor Leah Cogan (winner of CBC’s television program Triple Sensation). Students will work with Leah and an accompanist each week exploring classic songs and jazz standards from the 1940s and beyond, learning how to tell stories through music, and embracing and harnessing the natural vocal changes that everyone experiences over time.

Please note: This course will not be offered for the Winter 2 Session (March - April 2018).

KATE SMITH - AC Artistic Director & Acting Instructor

Kate is Co-Artistic Director of Skeleton Key Theatre, an Ottawa-based independent theatre company that focuses on immersive theatrical experiences. Skeleton Key's work has been presented at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the In The Soil Festival (St. Catharines), the undercurrents festival, the Fresh Meat Festival, and all iterations of site-specific theatrical event subDevision. Past acting credits include: Outside Mullingar and Romantic Poetry (Prix Rideau Award nomination, Black Sheep Theatre) , A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Iron, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The 39 Steps (Prix Rideau Award nomination, SevenThirty Productions), Airport Security and Snapshot (Gruppo Rubato), Richard III in Bouffon (A Company of Fools), Top Girls (Third Wall Theatre), as well as The Rideau Project: The Rhyme of the Nicholas Street Gaol (MNTF), among others. Kate recently won an Outstanding Ensemble Performance Award for HOOTENANNY!, a dark musical comedy that she co-wrote and performs with actor Will Somers (Smith & Somers). 


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. 

LEAH COGAN - Acting Instructor

Leah is a trained actor and musician who has worked in performance, facilitation and arts education for over 13 years. An alumna of Sheridan Institute in Musical Theatre Performance and Brown University in Theatre Arts, as well as the winner of CBC’s Triple Sensation (2009), Leah has carved a unique approach to performance coaching that combines movement, voice and speech training, trust building, and arts literacy. A nationally recognized talent, Leah has worked as an actor, coach and facilitator in Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Ottawa, Providence, Manhattan (off-Broadway) and Brooklyn.  She has now returned to Ottawa (her hometown) to raise her family, and to take part in the creative growth happening in our capital city.