Adult Courses


Students will explore the fundamentals of acting through partnered scene work. Class work includes improvisation, scene analysis, character development and playing for truth. Scenes will be developed with the instructor’s guidance over the course of six weeks; some rehearsal is required outside of class time.

Pre-Requisite Course for all beginner to intermediate actors
Instructor: Aaron Coates


The fundamentals of on-camera technique are introduced through scene work and an exploration of the audition process. The actor works on new sides (scenes) each week, with the emphasis on crafting an authentic performance for the camera. This six-week class culminates in a simulated audition. Includes discussion on the business of acting and related topics.

Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting or equivalent
Instructor: Joe-Norman Shaw


“Working from the truth of yourself”
Sanford Meisner believed that “…until an actor is a more honest human being, only then is an actor ready to act”. To achieve these ends he developed his two seminal exercises, Word Repetition (active listening, impulse and truthful behaviour) and Improvisation (living truthfully under the imaginary circumstances, moment to unanticipated moment) that comprise the core of this class. Actors are encouraged to work from their truthful, spontaneous and imaginative selves. This is an exciting forum of self exploration and expression, designed for those individuals who are dedicated to evolving a deep and personal acting process.

Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting or equivalent (acceptance by interview)
Instructors: Sally Cacic


A night where you can expand your abilities by trying out different types of scenes and styles of performance. Scene study applies across all mediums, whether it’s theatre, film, or audio drama/voiceover. An actor needs to have a clear and reliable approach that mines the text and turns it into action. Each session uses different styles of material, but will always involve scene analysis, playing truthfully and spontaneously, and strengthening the key
habits you need to be a successful performer.

Contemporary Scene Study (5 weeks) – Fall Part A
Chekhov Scene Study (6 weeks) – Fall Part B
Monologues (5 weeks) – Winter Part A
Comedy Scenes (6 weeks) – Winter Part B
Scene Study with Active Analysis (5 weeks) – Spring Part A
Long-Form Improv (6 weeks) – Spring Part B

Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting or Equivalent (acceptance by interview)
Instructors: Aaron Coates


A scene study class featuring plays from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and more! We’ll look at approaching material with different English dialects, slang, and cultural norms. How do you approach a character with a different speech quality than your own? How do you personalize cultural experiences that are unfamiliar to you? This class will be about expanding your range as an actor and taking on big challenges, while working on some of the best contemporary scripts from the English-speaking theatre.

Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting
Instructor: Aaron Coates


Film is behaviour, and actors will explore advanced film technique to inspire potent human behaviour within each individual, rendering a more compelling and unique performance. The class is designed to strengthen film foundation through sophisticated scene work and refining an actor’s repertoire with nuance, subtlety and emotional life. With each term, a new focus: Fall: Insight Winter: Story & Character Arc Spring: Audition

Prerequisite: Essentials of Film & TV (acceptance by interview)
Instructor: Joe-Norman Shaw


Exploring three important Eras through each term of study, this class works best as a full-year journey, providing the actor an opportunity to play some of the greatest roles ever written for the stage. In this class the instructor takes on the role of director, leading the actor through an in-depth rehearsal process that includes the staging of challenging scenes and monologues from Classical to Contemporary. To undergo this journey is to become a member of a dynamic ensemble of actors dedicated to imbuing their work with great artistry and humanity. With each term, a new focus: Fall: Modern Era Winter: Shakespeare Spring: Contemporary

Prerequisite: Scene Study (enrolment at instructor’s discretion)
Instructor: Joe-Norman Shaw


“Don’t pick up the cues, pick up the impulses.”
An exploration of the foundation of the Meisner technique, this class will focus on The Art of Listening through Word Repetition, Understanding Emotional Preparation, The Reality of Doing through creating Public Solitude, and Working Truthfully Under the Imaginary Circumstances as well as Heightening Conflict with Hidden Agenda and creating specificity through Disability/Disorder.

Prerequisite: Essential Meisner (acceptance by interview)
Instructors: Sally Cacic


Perhaps you’re at the end of your acting classes. Maybe you’ve only taken one or two classes. Either way, you may be asking yourself “how do I actually get acting work?” The answer is much more than find an agent or wait for the phone to ring.

We will look at how you prepare yourself for the industry, what sort of work is available, practical steps to get that work, as well as strategies for auditioning well and keeping yourself at the top of your game.You’ll build up your industry knowledge and learn about the nuts and bolts of an actor’s life. We’ll cover topics such as: business principles for actors, grant-writing, industry etiquette, agents, headshots, resumes, and most importantly, how to create your own opportunities.

Prerequisites: Master Class Recommended
Instructor: Aaron Coates


In this class, actors will work together as an ensemble to create a new play. Actors will have strong input into all aspects of the writing process from conception of a controlling idea/theme to the creation of multiple story lines. The process will be a combination of improvisation and scene writing to create a producible play(s). The newly created play will go through a rehearsal process to bring all the elements and multiple storylines together into a cohesive production that is audience ready-leading to a final presentation.

Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting or Equivalent (Scene Study recommended)
Instructor: Joe-Norman Shaw


The Rogues classic is back. A group of dedicated actors rehearse a play under professional conditions, then mount the show for three public performances in the final two days of the course. As demanding and challenging as it is rewarding, the Performance Intensive is designed for anyone seeking to gain experience both on stage and in the rehearsal process, regardless if this is their first publicly-performed play or their fiftieth.

Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting or Equivalent (Scene Study recommended)
Instructor: Aaron Coates


A workshop for those interested in writing for the stage. Through a series of practical writing assignments, we will explore elements of playwriting including dialogue, character development, setting, theme, conflict and other aspects of drama. Participants will be expected to read the work of fellow writers and offer constructive feedback. Our goal is for each participant to create one substantial scene that could eventually be developed into a complete play.

Instructor: Eugene Stickland

 To register, or for more information on any of the above courses please call our Studio at 403.228.5526 or email