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 has been an actor, director, producer and playwright for over 30 years. 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 and Vision, and was a writer on Mann to Mann (directed by Derek Diorio [Hard Rock Medicine, House of Luc], featuring Patrick McKenna). A member of ACTRA, The Canadian Actors Equity Association and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
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 in 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. John also wrote and produced multiple historical plays for Parks Canada that were performed for manyl years across Eastern Ontario, earning him the prestigious CEO Award of Excellence.
John lives in Kanata with his wife Dana and daughter Janey.
For more information visit www.johnmuggleton.ca
Dana grew up in a theatre-loving household with a drama teacher father and has always valued theatre as an important aspect of her work/life balance. Having performed in several plays in Vancouver and Ottawa, Dana was accepted
into an intensive acting course at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, U.K. Dana has a Master of Education in Counselling and is a Registered Psychotherapist (RP).
Before taking a break to raise kids, Sam was involved in community theatre and musicals, studied theatre and the University of Ottawa and trained in voice for several years. Currently she is completing a post graduate program in therapeutic recreation and hopes to soon work as a pediatric recreation therapist. Sam’s favourite credits include Annie, Just So! and HMS Pinafore. When not in the studio, Sam parents her kids, volunteers at Roger Nielson House .
Allison attended The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts (Los Angeles, California), where she spent two years studying theatre. Following graduation she was asked to join the Academy 'Company', and in collaboration with nine other actors, enjoyed a challenging and rewarding third year performing theatre. She finished her formal education at Pasadena City College, majoring in creative writing. This combination of schooling provided her with an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts, and has enabled her to strike a fine balance of working both in front of, and behind a camera.
After taking the in-person intensive acting at the prestigious Bernard Hiller studio in LA, Vanessa has appeared in productions such as The Birthday Card (Short), Unholy Night, Duty (Short), A Bittersweet Taste (Short), The Perfect Soulmate (TV Movie), Monster Pool: Chapter Two, among others. Vanessa was a regular cast member of the Avalon Studio’s Showcase Evenings and has helped instruct self tape audition workshops for Act Ottawa and The Acting Company.
During his 38 years in the entertainment industry Robert has worked as a theatre actor and director across Canada garnering many accolades and awards, among them the Ottawa Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and as a series television and feature film actor has taken him around the world, earning him more recognition, including two Gemini Award nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in the hit series North of 60.
During this time, Robert worked as a voice actor, narrating commercials for TV and radio as well as providing the voices for dozens of animated series from X-men to Sailor Moon, Rupert the Bear to Robocop.
Shaun is an Actor, Director and Educator with 30+ years of experience in professional and community theatre. He is the co-founder of the highly successful Orpheus Summer Theatre Camps and has taught acting and musical theatre at The Ottawa Children's Theatre, The Acting Company, The Ottawa Little Theatre and The Ottawa School of Speech and Drama. As an actor he has appeared in numerous productions for various companies including his award-winning role as Max in The Producers, Alan Turing in Breaking The Code and Ned Weeks in The Normal Heart. He also directed productions of Mamma Mia, Grease and Pricilla Queen of the Desert. He is an educator with the Western Quebec School Board.
Upon graduating in 2008 from Bishop’s University with a degree in theatre, Joey moved to Vancouver, joining the High Horse Theatre Company, an indie company known for producing new Canadian works. Since moving to Ottawa, Joey has worked steadily in the Ottawa theatre scene. Recent acting credits include the role of Eve in Burn at the Academy Theatre for the EODL Theatre Festival where she was awarded Best Actor. Other acting credits include Benita in Love and Human Remains (The Gladstone), Laurel in Torch Song Trilogy (TotoToo) Sylvie in Move Over Mrs. Markham (Ottawa Little Theatre) and Mary Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life (Ottawa Little Theatre). Joey is also an English teacher and stand up comedian.
Jenny is a passionate and versatile graduate of the performing arts. With a dynamic repertoire of singing, acting, and dance. She holds a Performing Arts certificate from Algonquin College and is an alumni of Canterbury High School's Dramatic Arts program. Throughout her academic years, Jenny has worked with numerous theatre companies around Ottawa, such as Orpheus Musical Theatre, ASNY, and Suzart Productions. Her captivating stage charisma and vocal dexterity effortlessly bridge theatrical and melodic roles. Jenny was also awarded the Ottawa Broadway Across Canada award for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray the Musical. She coached at the OCDSB Children's Musical Theatre Program and Suzart Productions. Jenny's passion for the performing arts extends beyond her own performances. She has a strong commitment to nurturing young talent and has dedicated her time to coaching and mentoring aspiring performers.
Mary is the former Executive Director of GNAG (Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group) and has worked at the Glebe Community Centre for over 30 years. As well as having been a summer camp instructor for all those years, she also founded GNAG Theatre in 2002 and since then has produced and choreographed several musicals including Oliver, The Sound of Music, Fiddler On The Roof, A Christmas Carol, Chitty Chitty Bang! Bang!, and Anne of Green Gables, to name a few.
Lindsay is a High School Dramatic and Media Arts teacher in Ottawa and has been teaching for close to 10 years. Lindsay also sits on the Board of Directors at the Ottawa Little Theatre and is the Program Director for Canada’s Capital Cappies- a popular High School Theatre Critic’s program. Lindsay attended the University of Ottawa (B.A.,Hons.), Nippissing University (B.Ed), and has received further accreditation from Western University in teaching the Creative and Dramatic Arts. Recent acting credits include:The Savannah Sipping Society (Linden House Theatre), A Murder Is Announced (Ottawa Little Theatre), Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (Ottawa Little Theatre), Enchanted April (Linden House Theatre). Lindsay has also directed and stage managed over the past few years.
Eleanor Crowder is a theatre innovator. Delighted to find new ways to connect with audiences, she brings the joys of theatrical exploration to your computer screen. Playwright, performer and director, she introduces students to core theatre skills virtually or in person. She has worked with young artists and adults across cultures in Ghana and the Sudan; in The Yukon, and indigenous communities of Northern Ontario; in rural eastern Ontario and the urban centres of Ottawa and Toronto.
Roy van Hooydonk
Roy has over 35 years experience as a teacher. His love of theatre led to a Bachelor of Education degree with a Drama Major at the University of Alberta. He is also an actor, director, singer/songwriter, playwright and comedian. He has been performing on stage and screen since 1965. Roy has performed in Ottawa at the Ottawa Little Theatre, Theatre Kraken, in short films and features and at musical venues around the city. One of his recent plays, It’s Just Coffee, was just produced in January, 2022 in Scottdale, PA.