Acting Workshop with Allison Graham
Students will focus on ensemble work, scene work, monologue study and audition preparation. Students will learn to create characters, explore acting intention, experience text on a new level & build confidence for performance and everyday life!

Location: AC West End

Thursdays, May 3rd - June 21st

8 week course

6:30PM - 8:00 PM

$295.00 + HST

Location: AC Downtown

Sundays, May 6th - June 24th

8 week course

3:00PM - 4:30PM

$295.00 + HST

Accent Toolkit with Chris Ralph
Do you want to add to your Actor’s ‘Toolkit?’ Do you have a school play or audition coming up? Do you want to feel comfortable playing a character with an accent or dialect? ​This 6-week course is intended for youth performers who are looking to expand their repertoire of accents and dialects. In addition to being introduced to various general dialects - such as RP (Received Pronunciation or ‘Queen’s English’), Cockney, Canadian vs. General American, New York, Irish, Southern U.S. - Chris will help you to develop your 'ear' to create characters, while offering up practical and friendly coaching. A fun and practical workshop for teens who want to build on their acting skills ​in a safe environment and meet new people!​​​​​​​​​​

Location: AC Downtown
​Tuesdays, May 1st - June 5th

6 week course
4:30PM - 6:30 PM

$265.00 + HST

Auditioning for Stage & Theatre Programs with Chris Ralph
This course is specifically designed for students 16 years and older preparing to audition for post-secondary Stage and Theatre Programs. National Theatre School of Canada alumnus Chris Ralph (part of the 2017-2018 acting company at the National Arts Centre) will help students prepare for their auditions by assisting with selecting material, staging and directing audition pieces, creating an acting résumé, and addressing etiquette and practical questions about the audition process. Achieve your goals and gain confidence by preparing with a successful industry professional!

This course will be offered at a later date.

Advanced On Camerawith Allison Graham & Sean Weekes

​Learn how to write, perform, and direct your own original scene in this brand new course led by Allison Graham (Actor/Writer) and Sean Weekes (Filmmaker)! Get the skills you need to create an original scene on camera: Get hands-on experience collaborating in the ‘writer’s room,’ storyboarding your scene, getting into character, and setting up and lighting each shot before calling ‘action!’ Students will gain experience of how a crew collaborates on a working set. At the end of this six-week course students will take home their own scenes for use in demo reels, their own portfolios, and to show family and friends! (This course includes professional editing.)

Location: AC Downtown

Sundays, May 6th - June 10th

6 week course


$325.00 + HST

Being on Camera with Allison Graham & Sean Weekes
Have you ever wanted to act on film & TV? This introductory course 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, as well as receiving an introduction to the business of acting. Receive in-class coaching from experienced professional film / television actor Allison Graham and camera operator / film editor Sean Weekes.

Location: AC Downtown

Sundays, May 6th - June 10th

6 week course

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

$325.00 + HST

*Please note: There is no class on Sunday, April 1.

Creating Characterwith Taylor Efford NEW!

This fun, high energy course will give students new tools to develop characters that they can apply to theatre and film! Beginning with an exploration of ‘stock characters’ as found in the Italian theatre form Commedia dell’Arte, and then moving to the method of character creation known as the Laban Effort Actions, students will develop vocal and physical character traits far from their own. They will have the opportunity to put into practice these newly developed characters in scene work, delivering truthful and often hilarious performances!


Location: AC Downtown

Mondays, April 30th - June 25th*
8 week course
$295.00 + HST
No class on May 21st, Victoria Day

Improv with Mike Kosowan

Have you ever wanted to learn the art of improvisation, one of the most fun forms of acting around? Then sign up for our Intro to Improv Acting course with improv veteran Mike Kosowan. Learn the fundamentals of improv comedy, improve your storytelling skills, learn to think quickly on your feet and how to be more creative.  Through warm-up 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 introductory course is a fantastic way to change the way you think! Start where everyone starts: at the beginning.  ​

Location: AC Downtown

​Thursdays, May 3rd - June 7th

​6 week course


​$265.00 + HST

Musical Theatre with Leah Cogan & Accompanist
Building on the artistic disciplines - singing, dancing and acting - this course offers students the opportunity to perform, with an emphasis on skill building through performance. These classes are designed for both the beginner and experienced young actor. Fun and challenging exercises hone the student's singing, acting and dance skills. Using live musical accompaniment, students also gain valuable insight into what to expect when auditioning for musicals throughout our community.​​​

Location: AC Downtown

​Saturdays, April 7th - May 12th

​6 week course

$295.00 + HST​

Perfect for the voiceover beginner and those with acting experience. Join AC instructor and Bell Canada radio producer Melinda Roy and Voice Actor Robert Bockstael - and learn how to play with your voice on the microphone. You will practice on real studio equipment. We will work on commercials, Animation/Video Games and you learn all about the local Voiceover scene and how to audition!

​This course will be offered at a later late.

MIKE KOSOWAN - Improv Instructor
​Mike is an actor, playwright, clown, juggler, magician, and improvist. He currently works with Orbital Talent, Busker Birthdays, Odyssey Theatre’s Lazzi Lazzi, Eddie May Murder Mysteries and with Ottawa's top improv troupes GRIMprov and Crystal Basement. He is a co-founder of the University of Ottawa English Improv Club and has been a professional improviser for seven years. He has performed in multiple Fringe Festivals in Ottawa, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Edmonton. As well as performing at the Magnetic North Festival and the Montreal and Ottawa Improv Festivals. Some recent credits include: GRIMprov Presents (GRIMprov), Show Biz’ is Murder (Eddy May), Crackers (Tale Wagging Theatre), The Last God Damned Performance Piece (Black Sheep Theatre), and YICHUD Seclusion(Convergence Theatre). He is also the Winner of the 13 Annual Youth Infringement Festival as a playwright for Trapped in a Vox (2011). ​

ALLISON GRAHAM - Acting Instructor

Allison Graham is a respected member of ACTRA and WGC. She is a graduate The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles, California). She holds an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts from Pasadena City CollegeIn addition to an extensive list of Feature Film & TV credits, Allison has also appeared in 'Da Vinci's Inquest', 'The Line', 'Being Erica', 'The Ron James Show', 'Stargate: Atlantis', 'Rumours', 'The Best Laid Plans', 'Doc', 'Trailer Park Boys', 'Deadfall', among many others.

LEAH COGAN - Musical Theatre Instructor
Leah Cogan is a trained actor and musician who has worked in performance, facilitation and arts education for over 13 years. An alumna of Sheridan Institute in Musical Theatre Performance and Brown University in Theatre Arts, as well as the winner of CBC’s Triple Sensation (2009), Leah has carved a unique approach to performance coaching that combines movement, voice and speech training, trust building, and arts literacy. A nationally recognized talent, Leah has worked as an actor, coach and facilitator in Toronto, Halifax, Calgary, Ottawa, Providence, Manhattan (off-Broadway) and Brooklyn.  

Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

CHRIS RALPH​ - AC Co-Founder & Managing Director
A National Theatre School graduate, his most recent acting credits include roles in Half Life (Theatre Northwest); A Christmas Carol (NAC); Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Plosive Productions); Up to Low (Easy Street/Magnetic North Festival); Glengarry Glen Ross (Avalon Productions – Capital Critics Award for Best Production); Billy Bishop Goes to War (Plosive Productions – Capital Critics Best Actor nomination); Death and the Maiden (Plosive Productions); and The Game of Love and Chance (Odyssey Theatre). Chris is a proud member of Plosive Productions – one of Ottawa’s longest-running indie theatre companies.

SEAN WEEKES - Camera Operator & Film Editor

Sean grew up in Kemptville, Ontario, and has been in love with Film as long as he can remember. He is an Independent Filmmaker who spent most of his formative years watching and shooting films of his own with family and friends. Sean is a graduate of the Film Studies program at Carleton University and is an experienced First and Second Assistant Camera Operator.

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.

ROBERT BOCKSTAEL - Film & TV Program Director

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. 

​YOUTH COURSES - ages 13 to 17 years old