​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Classical Theatre Performance Workshop
with Marion Day 

Do you have a classical monologue he would like to freshen up? Are you curious about speaking Shakespeare for the first or the umpteenth time? Do you like classical text and want to try a new approach? All these are good reasons to show up and play (dates and times). You can use this day as an introduction, rehearsal or as a work-out; I'll meet you where you are. No crazy vocal acrobatics -- you'll be using your own voice, your own accent, my goal is to hope you find the enjoyment and unpredictability of playing within the structure of the text, and to give you some tools and ideas that will let you keep playing on your own.

Perfect for those auditioning for post-secondary performance schools and upcoming summer stock auditions!

Workshop participants are asked to select and bring one Shakespeare monologue of interest to them (a classical monologue that is not Shakespeare is also acceptable) to the workshop. Participants are encouraged to be familiar with the piece. They may wish to memorize it in advance (or at least 30 seconds of the piece) or be comfortable enough to bring their eyes up off the page while reading. Should you require assistance with selecting a classical monologue, please call The Acting Company at (613) 744-5353 or e-mail


The Art of the Audition 
with Eric Coates (Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company

​For the community or professional actor who is either unfamiliar with auditions, or wants to improve their auditioning skills, this workshop aims to make sense of the theatre world's greatest mystery. There is no such thing as a standard audition. This workshop will help you get out of your own way and make the best use of your time in any audition situation. The workshop will use a mock audition situation to let participants experience an audition from both sides of the table.  Other topics include: Landing auditions; Pre-audition preparation; Selecting material; Responding to direction during the audition;

How to use your time in the room most effectively; Audition etiquette: what to expect and how to respond assertively

and Managing your own expectations.

Participants are asked to prepare to a Canadian monologue of their choice (approx. 2 minutes in length). A short scene for a mock audition will also be distributed.



Musical Theatre Performance Workshop
with Leah Cogan (International Musical Theatre Performer, Winner of CBC's Triple Sensation
​​​and Accompanist

To be re-scheduled for Spring 2018...

Come learn the fundamentals of authentic storytelling through dynamic exploration of voice, music, movement, speech, text analysis, and emotional narrative. The workshop will contain group work and individual workshop time, to develop both in collaborative play and solo presentation. There will be live accompaniment as well as time to explore/discuss audition techniques specific to Musical Theatre. Come as you are, and prepare for some surprising, silly and insightful work. All levels of skill, areas of interest, and degrees of comfort welcome!

Participants are asked to prepare a short song from the musical theatre cannon that prioritizes storytelling ability over vocal range. They will need to bring a copy of their sheet music (double-sided, hole-punched, and placed in a binder) for the accompanist. Those interested are also welcome to bring a second contrasting piece (this is optional). Songs should be memorized, for maximum workshop benefit.​

Marion Day is an actor from Kingston Ontario who worked for years at the Stratford Festival, the Blyth Festival, and most recently completed a season at the Shaw Festival. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. You may have seen her in Ottawa at GCTC in Janet Wilson Meets the Queen, Generous, 1979, and The Boy in the Moon. She is an apprentice teacher of LearningMethods (a problem-solving methodology applicable to performance) and facilitates joyous group singing with Shout Sister Choirs in London and Stratford.


Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

ERIC COATES - Instructor

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. For GCTC he has most recently directed 1979, in co-production with the Shaw Festival. Also for GCTC, he has directed Butcher, Generous, Best Brothers, This is War, and The Boy in the Moon. He was the Artistic Director of the Blyth Festival for ten seasons, from 2003 through 2012. Directing credits include numerous productions with the Blyth Festival and projects with Theatre Calgary, Drayton Entertainment, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Lighthouse Festival and CBC Radio. As an actor he has worked in theatre, television and film since 1986, including four seasons with the Stratford Festival, seventeen productions with the Blyth Festival, and productions in regional theatres in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and New York. Eric served as the President of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) for six years and continues to work on PACT’s board of directors as Past President.

LEAH COGAN - Instructor

Leah Cogan is a trained actor and musician who has worked in performance, facilitation and arts education for over 13 years. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University, received Musical Theatre training at Sheridan College, and is winner of CBC’s Canada’s Triple Sensation (2009). A nationally recognized talent, Leah has worked in New York City, Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Ottawa, and Providence. Leah now works as a performance coach in the Ottawa area, offering classes, workshops and one-on-one performance sessions in educational, community and corporate settings. She teaches Acting Skills, Musical Theatre Performance, and Presentation Skills to anyone with a passion for storytelling and a penchant for play. Her work combines a focus in physical storytelling, emotional authenticity, trust building, and arts literacy, with the goal of inspiring vocal, physical and imaginative freedom in her students.

Join us every month for a different workshop for actors of all levels... 

led by the region's leading directors and theatre artists!