​​​​​​​Scene Study for Everyone
with Laurel Smith
(Artistic Producer of the Classic Theatre Festival)
Sunday, October 22nd from 10 AM to 4 PM - $95 + HST

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.

Classical Theatre Performance Workshop
with Marion Day
(Actor with credits at GCTC, the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Theatre Festival) 
Sunday, November 26th from 10 AM to 4 PM - $95 + HST



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

Sunday, December 3 from 10 AM to 4 PM - $95 + HST

​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 (2-3 min 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
​​​with Accompanist

Sunday, December 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM - $115 + HST

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!

Join us at the AC every month for a different workshop for actors of all levels, led by the region's leading directors and theatre artists! 

Laurel Smith

Ottawa's Premier Acting School for Theatre / Film & TV since 2013

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.

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.

Weekend Workshop Series - Sept-Dec 2017