​The AC offers weekend workshops throughout the summer to highlight specific skills and expertise ​in a variety of performance related subjects! 

Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

SUMMER WEEKEND WORKSHOP SERIES

​​​​​Stage Fright: Face the Freeze
with Mary Harvey and Chris Ralph

You’d be surprised how many accomplished performers suffer from some degree of fear and anxiety before or during a performance or audition. This isn’t the kind of workshop where we put you on the spot and throw you into the deep end. We will address the issue of stage fright in an intelligent, practical and thoughtful manner. We will share experiences and learn methods to become more confident as performers/communicators – and learn how to lessen anticipatory anxiety. This workshop is about finding practical solutions to performance anxiety and empowering your mind set.

Mary Harvey is an expert improv instructor (Second City alumna) and professional communications/presentation coach and Chris Ralph is a voice/acting coach and a professional actor who knows all too well what Stage Fright feels like.
 

Sunday, July 22nd 
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Acting Company Downtown     
​$95 + HST


​​Acting on Camera
with Allison Graham & Sean Weekes

 Have you ever wanted to act on film & TV? This introductory workshop teaches students the foundations of acting for film and television. Practical experience will be gained by practicing audition technique, learning what to expect on a set, and participating in numerous on camera exercises. Receiving coaching from professional film / television actor Allison Graham and camera operator / film editor Sean Weekes.


Sunday, July 29th
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Acting Company Downtown
$115 + HST​​


​​Writing Workshop for Teens (14-18) 
with Matt Hertendy


So you want to write plays? That’s great! In this fun, interactive and collaborative class  will learn how a play comes together, through a series of writing exercises aimed at providing participants with a firm grasp of the fundamentals of playwriting. This workshop will help young writers tap into their unique writing voice, create compelling characters and learn from contemporary examples you won’t find in the typical high school classroom.

Matt Hertendy, is an award winning, internationally produced playwright, Artistic Director of New Theatre of Ottawa and co-founder of Two Kind Boys. This session will leave participants energized and ready to write, with the tools and confidence ready to begin writing for the stage.

Sunday, August 12th
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Acting Company Downtown
$95 + HST



​​Acting the Fight
with Charles Douglas and Chris Ralph

Combat is the essence of many great scenes. Sometimes charactesr spar with word - and sometimes something a little a more physical is required. In this one day workshop, participants will work on scenes from contemporary theatre which require some degree of stage fighting. It may be something as simple as one character (pretending) to slap another – and sometimes it will require a more complex choreographed sequence of actions. No experience is required. Workshop participants will be taught a range of basic techniques and how to portray stage violence safely and authentically. The actions will be synchronized with actual scenes. The workshop will be fun and instructional – and fit for actors of all skill levels. 

Charles Douglas is a fully certified Advanced Actor Combatant (full distinction) with the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. He regularly fight directs professional Canadian productions. Charles is also an extremely accomplished actor with recent credits across the country (NAC; Charlottetown Festival; Neptune Theatre; Two Planks; Shakespeare by the Sea). Chris Ralph is the AC’s co-Founder and has over fifteen years of professional acting experience. 


Sunday, August 12th
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Acting Company Downtown
$95 + HST​


​​Scene Study Masterclass 

with Laurel Smith


This workshop focuses on three elements of acting, including the creation of character, intention, and play analysis. Through the intensive study of scenes, students will learn how to get inside a play and its characters, with an opportunity for feedback from both the Workshop Instructor and fellow workshop participants.

Laurel is a theatre director, playwright and producer with an MA in Drama (The Drama Centre, University of Toronto), a BA in music and opera performance (Wilfrid Laurier University), and an MBA in Arts and Media Administration (York University.) From 1999 to 2009, Laurel was Artistic Producer of Burning Passions Theatre. Currently Laurel is Artistic Producer of the Classic Theatre Festival in Perth, Ontario, the Ottawa Valley's only professional theatre company, founded in 2010, presenting the classic hits of Broadway and the London stage during the summer months. Laurel is a frequent adjudicator throughout Ontario, as well as being a member of Canadian Actors' Equity Association, a Theatre Ontario Talent Bank Member, and an Associate Member of PGC.

Sunday, August 26th
10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Acting Company Downtown
$95 + HST