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

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​​Being on Camera (Ages 13 +)
Instructor: Allison Graham

This is our introductory Acting for TV & Film course. In this course, students will be explore all the practical elements of acting for TV and Film. Participants will act in numerous filmed exercises, practice audition technique, learn about what to expect on a set.

Saturdays, September 9 - October 21 / 10 AM to 12 PM

(no class Oct. 7)

​​​​​​​Teen Acting Workshop (Ages 13 +)
​​Instructor: Allison Graham

Have fun and make new friends in our popular and practical 8-week course, which focuses on developing the skills needed to create believable characters onstage. Through a combination of ensemble work, scene work, monologue study and audition preparation, students are exposed to a variety of theatre styles and acting techniques. Students will learn to create characters, explore emotional access and intention, experience text on a new level - and build confidence for performance (and everyday life!)

8-week course begins
Wednesdays, September 6 - October 25 / 4:30 - 6:00 PM - $295 + HST

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.  

Mike Kosowan - Improv Instructor
Mike is an actor, playwright, clown, improvist and a University of Ottawa theatre graduate. He currently works with Eddie May Murder Mysteries, Orbital Talent’s Busker Birthdays, Crystal Basement, and teaches advanced improv at the Ottawa Acting Company. He has performed in multiple Fringe Festivals in Ottawa, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Edmonton as well as the Magnetic North Festival, and Montreal and Ottawa Improv Festivals. He is the Winner of the 13th Annual Youth Infringement Festival, as a playwright for "Trapped in a Vox" (2011). And also teaches workshops, magic and juggles constantly and has an angry bird named Jake.

Chris Ralph - Acting Instructor
Chris is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Acting Company. He is also a busy professional actor. 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).

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YOUTH Courses / FALL 2017

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.

Teen Improv (Ages 13 +)
​​ Instructor: Mike Kosowan

Designed for teens, this improv course teaches students ​to follow their impulses, accept offers, explore character, relationship and scene dynamics through fun and challenging warm up exercises, classic improv games, scene building, and improvised group stories. 

6-week course begins:

Thursdays, September 7 - October 12 / 4:30 - 6:00 PM - $265 + HST

Teen Musical Theatre (Ages 13 +)
​​ Instructor: Leah Cogan

Musical Theatre combines 3 artistic disciplines – singing, dancing and acting – into one exciting course. Students will get the opportunity to perform with specifically chosen material from Broadway shows, 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.

8-week course begins:

Saturdays, September 9 - November 4 / 10 am to Noon - $315 + HST
* This course includes a second instructor (accompanist).

Teen Accent Toolkit (Ages 13+)
Instructor: Chris Ralph

Do you have a kid at home who loves doing an accents? Led by Chris Ralph, AC Executive Director and Accent Coach - this fun and practical course will introduce students to various accents, including British, Cockney, New York, Irish, Southern US, Scottish and others! Chris will help students develop an 'ear' to create characters, while offering up practical and friendly coaching. This is a fun and practical course - with lots of laughs!

6-week course begins: 

Tuesdays, September 5 - October 10 / 4:30 - 6:00 PM - $265 + HST