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

Derek Price - Film & TV Program Producer
​​Derek Price is a filmmaker from Ottawa who has worked on several feature film and television productions. At the 2014 Digi60 Filmmakers' Festival he won the Best Directing Award for his short film, "All That Remains." His films have screened both nationally and internationally at festivals in the UK, France, USA and Canada. A perpetual student of film, Derek is a freelance director, director of photography, editor, DMT/DIT, assistant director, photographer and musician.

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Teen Improv (Ages 13 +)
​​Instructor: Laura Hall

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. 

Laura Hall has been a member of numerous improv troupes and has been teaching improv for about 5 years. She is hilarious, supportive and a superb teacher! 


Teen Accent Toolkit (Ages 13+)
with Chris Ralph

This 6 week course is intended for both performers and for curious language explorers who are looking to learn different accents - for fun! In addition to being introduced to various general accents, such as British, Cockney, Canadian vs. General American, New York, Irish, Southern US -- Chris will help you to develop your 'ear' to create characters, while offering up practical and friendly coaching. This will be a fun and practical workshop - with lots of laughs!


The Short Film Project (Ages 13+)
​Instructors: Robert Bockstael & Derek Price

This immersive course is a microcosm of a real working set. Students will experience the process of making a short film on location over the course of a weekend. Through this process, participants will get experience in characterization, and script interpretation, as well the hands-on technical aspects of working with lighting, operating sound and much more. Students will also receive a digital copy of their film. 


Laura Hall

Teen Improv Instructor

Laura is a performer, writer and producer who has appeared on stages and screens across Canada. She is a trained improviser and comedian, but don’t ask her to be funny. It doesn’t work that way. As a quiet, shy kid, she fell in love with improv, when (to her surprise), she was cast on her high school team and consequently learned and trained with the Canadian Improv Games. And she has never looked back. Since then, she has trained with improvisers across Canada and the U.S. and has been teaching and coaching for many years. Laura recently launched a YouTube series, The Adventures of Blip Blork - a largely improvised and highly silly show.

​​Being on Camera (Ages 13 +)
Instructors: Robert Bockstael & Derek Price

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.


 * For AGES  13 & UNDER check out  The Ottawa Children's Theatre

Allison Graham - Teen 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 finished her formal education at Pasadena City College, majoring in creative writing and an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts.  In addition to an extensive list of Feature Film & Television credits, other credits include '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 Film Acting Workshop (Ages 13 +)
​​Instructor: Allison Graham

Our fun and practical 4-week course focuses on developing the skills needed to create believable characters on film. In this course, students will be explore practical elements of acting for TV and Film. Participants will act in numerous filmed exercises and scenes. Building exciting characters will be key!

4-week course begins:

Tuesdays, June 6 - 27 / 4:30 - 6:30 PM - $215

On Camera Scene Study (Ages 13 +)
​Instructor: Derek Price

This class is for actors who want to build on the skills they have learned from their 'Being on Camera' experience. In this hands-on course, students will work on advanced scene work, and learn nuanced approaches to acting for the camera. Whether students aim to jump directly into the Ottawa film scene, apply to film schools, or find an agent, they will receive expert guidance from coach and filmmaker Derek Price to help them achieve their goal.


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. Robert is a much sought-after acting and voice instructor at universities and studios across the country.