Ottawa's Premier Acting School

for Theatre / Film / TV since 2013

Megan Carty - Acting Instructor 
Megan has worked across Canada as an actor, physical theatre artist, and puppeteer. She fell in love with live performance while attending the Canterbury Arts Drama Program, and then went on to train at Studio 58 in Vancouver as well as One Yellow Rabbit in Calgary. She is the artistic director of multi-award winning local theatre company Cart Before the Horse, whose mandate is to use theatre as a powerful outlet to explore topics we are otherwise afraid to talk about. The only thing Megan loves as much as performing is teaching. With ten years experience as a figure skating coach and five years as a drama educator, Megan is thrilled to be joining the Acting Company team this year! There is no better feeling in the world to her than sparking a theatrical passion in others and seeing them learn how to create, collaborate, and open up onstage. 

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.

Stand Up Comedy for Teens with Heather Hurst

​No special talent is required – just the willingness to tell a funny story! Students will learn how write and tell jokes, and play comic characters on stage. At the end of the course, parents and friends are invited to a special comedy revue featuring our teen comics and their new material!

Students will:
1. Learn to express themselves with more confidence.
2. Receive encouragement to express themselves.3. Observe the world more closely and see the funny side of life.
3. Realize how to make humour a part of their daily lives.

Guaranteed Fun and Laughter!

Location: AC Downtown

Wednesdays, January 9th - February 27th

4:30PM - 6:00PM
​8-Week Course 

​$295 + HST

FALL 2018 ​YOUTH COURSES - ages 13 to 17 years old

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Actor's Process (Youth) with Chris Ralph

This 8-week course, led by professional actor and AC Executive Director Chris Ralph, goes to the roots of acting and gives each young actor the tools needed to develop a process that they can apply to auditions, on stage or on set. Using imaginative exercises, students will learn how to break the process of acting down into manageable components. This new course will be both fun and challenging!

Location: AC Downtown

​Mondays, January 7th - February 25th

4:30PM - 6:00PM

8-Week Course

​$295 + HST


On Camera Scene Study with Allison Graham & Sean Weekes

Picking up right where Being On Camera leaves off: ​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. 

Location: AC: Downtown

Saturdays, January 5th - February 9th

2:30PM - 4:30PM

6-Week Course

$315.00 + HST

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.

ACE: Acting, Creating, Ensemble with Megan Carty

Fresh off the success of starring in the NAC’s recent production of Up to Low and this summer’s critically acclaimed Cymbeline – acting phenom Megan Carty will teach students how to create original theatre as a collective - helping young actors ace whatever theatre throws at them! In addition to honing their individual acting skills in scene work and monologues, students will have the opportunity to write and perform in their own scripts that they write together. This course will also focus on physical storytelling, choral work, poetry and team improv – all important areas of study that make actors well rounded and respected members of a theatre ensemble. 

​Location: AC Downtown

Saturdays, January 26th - March 2nd

10:00AM - 12:00PM

6-Week Course

$265.00 + HST