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 continued to be 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 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.
Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning Evening and Weekend classes taught by experienced professionals mirror the quality of our full-time programs. Entry level acting classes lead to more advanced scene study and on-camera classes. All classes take place at our historic Lakeshore Campus (Kipling & Lakeshore), readily accessible by TTC.
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.
Sears & Switzer Acting Classes Acting Fundamentals (4 evenings) - Television Commerical Weekend (weekend) - Focus on Film (6 evenings) - Audition Skills (Weekend) - VOICEover OVERview (Weekend) - Scene Study in Performance (6 evenings) - Advancing the Camera Relationship (6 evenings).
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 Private one-on-one coaching for auditions, a weekly Actors’ Gym for experienced actors to hone skills and ongoing training in Linklater Voice technique, acting technique, comedy, scene study, and audition technique.  All course are taught by experienced Artist Educators who are also working professionals.  Classes and workshops are offered weekends and evenings.

Continuing Education Training in the Greater Toronto Area

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.

One Person Show Workshops

You know the power of comedy. You have a comedic voice. Now you need a show. Work with Anne Marie Scheffler, the queen of the solo shows, to create your very own one person show that will change the world. These workshops are perfect for actors who want to move their career forward. Also a great place for creative minds to turn their story into a show or play. Learn about the business of comedy shows, festivals, professional theatre seasons, and content creation.

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.
Singing Studio of Douglas Rice

Students of Douglas perform regularly in European Festivals, Opera Houses, and Concerts. As well, they also appear in Musicals on main stages in Europe & North America. Douglas has many students performing in NYC, Australia, Berlin, Mainz, Hamburg, Giessen, Toronto, Stockholm, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and other cities throughout the artistic world. They appear in Opera, Concert and Musical Theater productions.

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. 


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