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.

Schedule: Saturdays 1:30-5:30pm|6 weeks
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.

Schedule: Saturdays 10:00am-1:30pm|6 weeks (offered Tuesdays 6:30-10:00pm in the spring)
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 and (Non-Comedic) Improvisation 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.

Schedule: Tuesdays 6:30pm-10:00pm|11 weeks
Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting of equivalent (acceptance by interview only)
Instructor: Stacie Harrison


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

Schedule: Mondays 12:00-3:30pm|11 weeks & Wednesdays 6:30-10:00pm|11 weeks
Prerequisite: Essentials of Film & TV (acceptance by interview only)
Instructor: Joe-Norman Shaw


The evolution of a scene from first read to performance. Employing scene analysis, character development, conflict and behaviour, actors engage in an in-depth rehearsal process working towards a final performance. Intermediate to Advanced scene-work is drawn from demanding scripted material to challenge the actor. With each term, a new focus: Fall: Modern Era Winter: Contemporary Spring: Contemporary

Schedule: Wednesdays 6:30-10:00pm|11 weeks
Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting or Equivalent (enrollment at instructor’s discretion)
Instructor: Stacie Harrison


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

Schedule: Mondays 6:30-10:00pm|11 weeks
Prerequisite: Scene Study (enrollment 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.

Schedule: Thursdays 6:30-10:00pm|11 weeks
Prerequisite: Meisner Technique (acceptance by interview only)
Instructor: Stacie Harrison


Movement: Finding freedom and the spirit of play: by first identifying current movement patterns the actor works towards transforming their body into a more effective and supple instrument of expression. Utilizing the principles and exercises of Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier, John Wright, and Anne Bogart, students will learn to work from impulse, integrate physical tools, and strengthen their presence in performance. As well as the core exercises, the class may include Neutral Mask, Greek Tragedy, Clown, and Bouffon.

Schedule: Saturdays 10:00-11:30am|11 weeks
Instructor: Aaron Coates

Voice: Finding an organic connection to breath and voice; in this class the actor is encouraged to open the body to breath and sound, freeing the voice and discovering the truth of the moment. A well trained voice brings more range and emotional depth to the actor’s performance for both stage and film.

Schedule: Saturdays 11:30am-1:30pm|11 weeks
Instructor: Stacie Harrison



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.

Schedule: First 2 weeks of July
Prerequisite: Essentials of Acting or Equivalent (Scene Study recommended)
Instructor: Joe-Norman Shaw

 For information on any of the above courses please call our Studio Coordinator at 403.228.5526 or email