We believe that acting classes are not just for those who want to become actors, either as a hobby or professionally. People take acting classes for a variety of reasons, such as trying something new, gaining confidence for work or in their personal lives, or to simply have fun and meet new people. It's important to remember that acting can be a part of one's life without having to make it their entire career. It's all about balance.
At our studios, our goal is to enrich people's lives through creativity, expression, and performance. Our instructors are experienced actors and directors who bring their love of theatre and teaching to each class. We strive to bring joy and authenticity to the process of acting, and aim to help those who are serious about acting, as well as those who simply want to explore their creative selves and have fun. We believe that when you love doing something, good things happen. We are excited to offer a space for individuals to explore their creativity, and hope to be a part of the journey towards discovering their passion for acting.
We are here to help you fall in love with acting; who knows where it might lead you?
John is an award winning actor, director, producer and playwright with over 30 years experience. Past acting credits include David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (Best Production 2015 Capital Critics Awards), Speed-The-Plow (Outstanding Male Actor nomination Prix Rideau Awards, Best Actor nomination Capital Critics Circle Awards), and The Extremely Short New Play Festival 2017 to name a few. On television John has appeared in shows such as Mayday, Starhunter, Treehouse TV, YTV and Vision TV, and was a writer on Mann to Mann (directed by Derek Diorio [Hard Rock Medicine, House of Luc], featuring Patrick McKenna). John is a member of ACTRA, The Canadian Actors Equity Association and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. John is also a recipient of the Audrey Ashley Life Time Acheivement Award for his dedication to the Ottawa theatre community.
As a playwright, John's first full length play, Burn, was nominated for Best New Play of 2017 by the Ottawa Capital Critics Circle and has since been produced across Canada, the U.S. the U.K. and Australia. In 2022 Burn played to sold out audiences and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's biggest theatre festival, and was shortlisted for the Carol Tambor Best at Fringe Award. In fall of 2022, Burn was awarded the Best Production and People's Choice Award at the EODL Theatre Festival. John's second full length play, An Act of Grace, was performed at the Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival in November 2018 and was awarded Best Production, Best Ensemble, The People's Choice Award and an adjudicator's award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting. An Act of Gace has been produced in Ottawa, Saskatechewan, The U.K. John also wrote and produced multiple historical plays for Parks Canada that were performed for many years across Eastern Ontario, earning him the prestigious Parks Canada CEO Award of Excellence. John's one-act comedy Cross-Talk was awarded Best Ensemble at the 2023 EODL One-Act Play Theatre Festival.
John lives in Kanata with his wife Dana and daughter Janey.
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"That's what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules."
- Gerardine Clark