Adult Training

These listings are studios, acting coaches and continuing education training programs for adults.

If you are looking for our workshops, please visit our Courses and Workshops page

If you are looking for workshops at our member theatres and partner service organizations, please visit our Workshops at Ontario Theatres listing.

If you are looking for youth training, please visit our Youth Training listing.

If you are looking for college and university training, please visit our Post-Secondary Training listing.

Choosing the right program

For over twenty-five years, the Toronto Association of Acting Studios (TAAS) has been an association of independent studios offering a wide variety of high-quality approaches to the craft of acting and theatrical skills. Here is their advice when choosing a training program:

  • Ask questions!
  • What are the teacher's credentials and qualifications?
  • What will the course include?
  • Is the emphasis on teaching or performance/studio promotion?
  • What is the cost of the course?
  • Are there any other costs (books, class notes, administration fees)?
  • What is the studio's refund policy?
  • How large is the class?
  • Is there a maximum enrolment?
  • Will you be placed in a class suitable to your skill?
  • Can you audit the class before you sign up for it?
  • Will the studio meet with you in person, answering all your questions?

Even the most highly rated studio may not be right for you. Theatre Ontario does not endorse any of the services listed.

Toronto Association of Acting Studios

Visit the Toronto Association of Acting Studios (TAAS) website at www.torontoactingstudios.com for information on their many members, or email TAAS to request a TAAS brochure.

Act II STUDIO: Theatre School & Creative Drama Centre for People 50 Plus Full range of courses in the dramatic arts for all levels. Courses in acting, playwriting, improvisation, movement, clown and Italian Comedy, Shakespeare, Performance as personal memoir, scene study. Put a little drama in your life in this nurturing, creative environment.
Bad Dog Theatre Company For over 30 years, our basic improv program has helped people from all walks of life improve their confidence, their public speaking, and their creativity. From CEOs to truck drivers, from sales people to ballet dancers, we’ve taught thousands of students the simple joy of improv as an art, business and life skill.
Rapier-Wit’s Stage Combat Classes Rapier Wit was founded in Toronto in 1991 by Daniel Levinson, an internationally-known Fight Director, Fight Instructor, and Fight Master. Rapier Wit is home to a world-class teaching staff and offers a wide range of stage combat-related services that include complete FDC certification training (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Instructor/Fight Director apprenticeships), fight choreography and direction, custom workshops, weekly drop-ins and master classes, specialized performer prep, and weapon rental and consulting. We enjoy relationship with fellow practitioners throughout the international stage combat community and are proud members of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios.
The Second City Training Centre The Second City Training Centre welcomes aspiring improvisers, energetic teenagers, business professionals, and you! Classes are held in a fun, supportive and professional environment. We offer year round classes for ages 10-100! Focuses include Improvisation, Sketch Writing, Stand Up, and Acting. We're the training ground for many of this generation's finest comedic actors, writers, and directors.
Sirius Theatrical Company The Sirius Theatrical Company (founded 1989) provides professional training in Spoken Voice and Communication Skills and Acting and Stage Performance Technique for the business community as well as for stage, film and television performers. Training is offered from beginner to professional levels. Voice training in the Linklater Method is taught by Heather Dick, Artistic Director, a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and one of only seven in Canada. Both voice and performance training is offered through group workshops and private study. One-on-one coaching is available for presentation and audition preparation. Classes and workshops are offered weekends and evenings. Private coaching and training is also available during the day.

Continuing Education Training in the Greater Toronto Area

Bravo Academy

Bravo Academy's New Music Theatre Intensive Emerging Artist Professional Program is designed to give artists and music theatre makers, ages 18+, the opportunity to foster and showcase their work. Through this two week program, Emerging Artists will develop, workshop and perform in an innovative contemporary music theatre production, led by a team of Toronto's top industry professionals. This is a great opportunity for artists to develop and challenge their music theatre skills in singing, acting and dancing, while also getting the opportunity to be a part of Masterclasses and specialized workshops with guest artists like Robert McQueen, Mitchell Marcus, and more.

No Strings Theatre

No Strings Theatre offers a Training-to-Showcase program for emerging artists keen to strengthen skills and reinvent themselves whilst cultivating and expanding their network of creative comrades and professional contacts. The No Strings Theatre Emerging Artist Program provides an opportunity for participants with prior experience and a strong interest in musical theatre performance and/or production/creation to explore and develop skills under the mentorship of experienced industry professionals.

Ovation! Performing Arts Academy York Region’s premiere training centre for youths and adults interested in the performing arts. With intimate classes, accomplished arts-industry instructors, and a dynamic and professional atmosphere, Ovation! teaches “The Art of Performance." For details visit website or call Bonnie Craig, Academy Director, at 1-877-229-ARTS.
Ryerson School of Performance Adult Summer Acting Intensives Adult Summer Acting Intensives offers multiple courses for both professional actors and for anyone.

Studio PAVAS

Studio PAVAS offers evening and weekend classes to improve students’ skills as an actor. Acting classes vary from scene study, play development, improv acting as well as Musical Theatre classes which focus on combining acting, dancing/moving and singing. All instructors are very knowledgeable professionals in their disciplines and create a welcoming environment for all students to participate. We offer private, semi-private and small group classes that rehearse in our theatre space that has a professional sound and lighting booth. PAVAS has over 15 year-end performances for art, music, drama and dance students and produces a separate Musical Theatre production yearly.

 

Continuing Education Training in Southwestern Ontario

Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance Learn backstage production skills from seasoned professionals at the Stratford Festival. We offer one-week, two-week and five-week summer courses in artistic welding, stage carpentry, scenic painting, mask- and prop-making. Fall weekend courses include: Special FX Makeup, Theatre Magic (on a shoestring budget), Wig Making, Cosplay, Artistic Welding, and Mask Making. 

THEATRE ONTARIO

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Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
(In July and August, our hours are Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm and Friday: 9 am to 1 pm)