Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

​​​​​​​​​​Studio 55: The Director 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
Tuesdays, January 8th - February 26th
8-Week Course
1:00PM - 3:00PM
$295.00 +HST​​​​

Studio 55: Showcase with Kate Smith 

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, January 10th - February 28th
Performance: March 2nd @ 7:30PM

8-Week Course

1:00PM - 3:00PM
$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.


KATE SMITH - Acting Instructor

Kate Smith has been working in Canadian theatre for 15 years and is Artistic Director of Skeleton Key Theatre. A trained actor and singer (Dalhousie University Acting Program), Kate has performed across Canada and has twice been nominated for a Prix Rideau Award for Outstanding Female Performance. Her latest play, Swan River, was nominated for a 2018 Prix Rideau Award for Best New Creation. Her work with Skeleton Key has been presented at the Ottawa International Children's Festival, the Shenkman Arts Centre (on Petrie Island), 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. She and collaborator Will Somers received the Outstanding Ensemble Award at the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival for Smith & Somers' original dark musical comedy HOOTENANNY!. Kate previously served as Artistic Director of Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences, and The Acting Company, Ottawa’s largest recreational performance school.


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!