Welcome to The Centre For The Arts

John Boylan is a Toronto-based teacher, acting coach, mentor, actor and founder of Toronto’s Centre for the Arts. He offers a number of acting classes focused on acting for camera as well as private coaching and mentoring.

Tips & Thoughts

Go in, in character?

Go in, in character?The casting directors have seen everything. Never forget that. Enter the casting room how it best suits you. In character, or not, it doesn’t matter. Maybe you work best always ‘in character.’ Then, after the audition is finished (Read More)

The reader.

The reader.“If only the reader would play the scene with me I’d do better auditions!” A reader is there to facilitate the audition. They aren’t there to play a scene with you. Scene partners are your fellow actors (Read More)

“I’m not making my agent any money.”

“I’m not making my agent any money.”If you’re auditioning then you’re earning them money. The agents most important business relationship is with the casting directors. By submitting good actors to the casting director that lets the casting director have a good session. A (Read More)


Repetition.Sir Alex Ferguson, football coach, says: “Prominent in the category of principles that are as important to me now as they were 30 years ago is the certainty that good coaching relies on repetition. Forget all (Read More)

Stay with one teacher.

Stay with one teacher. Pinchas Zukerman, the conductor, violinist, teacher says that if you find a good teacher—stay with them. I fully support that idea. Learning from different teachers is a fine idea but jumping from class to class to see (Read More)

Asking questions.

Asking questions.When preparing a scene you should ask questions. The answers aren’t the point; the point is the asking of the questions and getting your mind active. The questions will stimulate your imagination and that is one (Read More)

Audition Room

Audition RoomActors enter the audition room and are greeted by the person behind the camera saying, “stand on the mark”. Try not to get diverted and take that greeting literally by putting each foot equally on (Read More)

“Lost track.”

“Lost track.”In the meditation hall when the Master asked the Head Monk why he rang the wrong bell the monk answered, “Lost track.” That’s all he said. The Head Monk is a master teacher himself and knows what (Read More)

Actors are loved.

Actors are loved. Actors are loved by the people. This doesn’t mean knowing movie stars. Actors are part of art and culture and, as such, play a key role in the life of the society. Over the years people have (Read More)

"Do You Like Your Agent?"

You want to have a good business relationship with your agent. “Do you like…?” is a question posed about friends, family and acquaintances. The working relationship with an agent should be based on mutual benefit, straightforwardness, formality, (Read More)