INTRO TO STUDIO 55 with Chris Ralph

2 for 1 - Bring a Friend! 

Calling all Studio 55ers: present and future! 
This March we are offering an INTRO TO STUDIO 55 Class! Whether you are a current member of Studio 55 who wants to get a friend involved, or two folks who want to see what the program is all about - this class is for you! 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!  

Location: AC Downtown

Tuesdays, March 12th - April 16th

​6 Week Course

$265 + HST


Studio 55: Improv 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, March 6th - April 24th
8-Week Course
1:00PM - 3:00PM
$295.00 +HST​​​​


Studio 55: Showcase with Rebecca Benson


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, March 7th - April 25th
Performance: April 27th @ 7:30PM

8-Week Course

1:00PM - 3:00PM
$295.00 +HST
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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.

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

DESIGNED FOR OTTAWA'S 55+ CROWD

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 AFTERNOON COURSES - Adults ages 55+

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. www.skeletonkeytheatre.com