Jillian Keiley is an award-winning director from St. John’s, Newfoundland and founder of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Ms. Keiley has directed and taught across Canada and internationally. She received her BFA in Theatre from York University and was awarded Honorary Doctorates of Letters from both Memorial University and York University. She was the winner of the prestigious Siminovitch Prize for Directing in 2004 and the Canada Council’s John Hirsch Prize in 1997. Ms. Keiley assumed her role as NAC English Theatre Artistic Director in August 2012, and her productions at the NAC have included The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, A Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, Metamorphoses,Tartuffe, Oil and Water and Alice Through the Looking- Glass, which she also directed for the Stratford Festival, the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg and Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre, featuring local casts in each city. More recently, she directed Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank and As You Like It for the Stratford Festival and her productions of Tartuffe (NAC) and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Artistic Fraud) toured through Newfoundland and Labrador. Jillian’s production of Tempting Providence for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador toured internationally from 2002-2012.


Improv Workshop with Hugh Neilson

Learn how to get out of your own way and open yourself up to possibility, opportunity and The Unknown. Through the use of improvisational games you will learn the basics of improvised scene and character development. Oh, and you will have fun.

Sunday, February 25

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Studio at Arts Court

$95.00 + HST

Ensemble Storytelling Workshop with Jillian Keiley

Through several exercises participants will work to create a cohesive ensemble that works together for every moment of stage time, through music, movement, blocking, text and considering technical elements.

Sunday, March 4
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Studio at Arts Court

$95.00 + HST

​​Directing for the Theatre Workshop with Patrick Gauthier

Learn what it takes to direct a production from beginning to end from award-winning director and theatre creator Patrick Gauthier (Festival Director of the undercurrents festival and the Ottawa Fringe Festival). Participants will discover the importance of preparation and collaboration in this day-long directing intensive. Discover tips, tricks, and techniques for working with actors and designers in the rehearsal hall and the theatre!

Sunday, March 25

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Library at Arts Court

$95.00 + HST

Voiceover Workshop with Melinda Roy & Robert Bockstael

By the end of this full day workshop, students will be familiar with radio, TV, promo and commercial copy, and will have had an opportunity to try their hand at the world of animation voiceover acting! This workshop will also cover the basics of working with the microphone, setting up a home studio, in addition to technical voice tips and useful industry information. No experience required! Recorded on-site at The Acting Company.

Sunday, April 22

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Location: The Acting Company Downtown

$115.00 + HST



Musical Theatre Performance with Leah Cogan ​​and Accompanist

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.​

2018 dates to be confirmed
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: AC Downtown

$115.00 + HST

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

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

HUGH NEILSON - Instructor

Hugh started his career as a performer, improviser, director, writer and producer of theatre and comedy revue in 1984. He was also one of the founders, General Manager and Head Trainer of the Canadian Improv Games, a national tournament for high-school students that trains youth in the art of competitive improvisation. This tournament continues to train thousands of students every year. He has continued to train students  and professionals in improvisation over the years. His second career saw him writing on 15 children’s animated television series including Animal Crackers, The Busy World of Richard Scarry, Anatole and Mona the Vampire as well as providing Production Management on two Animated films. Hugh is currently the Managing Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa.


Patrick is a multiple award-winning playwright and director. He is Festival Director of the Ottawa Fringe, where he curates the undercurrents festival and produces the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Department of Theatre and holds an MFA in Directing for the Theatre from the University of British Columbia.

MELINDA ROY - Voiceover Instructor
Melinda has worked in the Canadian radio industry for over a decade and is currently part of the Bell Media team, which includes CFRA, TSN 1200, Country 94, MAJIC 100 and both local CTV stations. A Fanshawe College Radio Broadcasting graduate and Crystal award winner, she has also trained with Sears & Switzer in Toronto. Melinda's voice and production editing talents can be heard in Canada and around the world for companies like Ottawa Little Theatre, PODS, Navetti, BDO Canada and The Canadian Hunger Foundation. She has also produced sound designs for recent Ottawa plays such as Rumors (Ottawa Little Theatre, 2014), Detroit at The Gladstone (Plosive Productions, 2014), Glengarry Glen Ross at The Gladstone (Avalon Productions, 2014) and The Mousetrap (Ottawa Little Theatre 2014). Melinda is excited to be a part of The Acting Company team, and is looking forward to every silly voice each student throws her way.


Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

ROBERT BOCKSTAEL - Voiceover Instructor
​Two-time Gemini Award nominee Robert Bockstael has been an actor, director, writer and producer for more than 30 years – with over 100 film and television credits to his name, including North of 60, The Newsroom, Nero Wolfe Mysteries, and Wind at My Back. An experienced stage actor, Robert was instrumental in the formation and growth of GCTC in the early years of the company and has performed in many premieres of Canadian plays. 

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.