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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

Stillness

Stillness.

It’s the opposite of motion. One must always consider opposites. One can’t consider ‘yes’ if one hasn’t considered ‘no’. As actors we
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Work is precious

Work is precious.

It’s difficult to build something up and easy to knock it down. Just as human beings are the most precious thing
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Bendistis, 39, (front) andClarkson, walk an interior beam on the 47th floor.

Clearing your mind.

Actors, high steel workers and surgeons all need to clear their mind to do their work. When they begin work they
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I think they liked it

“I think they liked it.”

When the audition ends and they say ‘good job, great’ or ‘perfect’ with thumbs up it doesn’t mean you got
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Follow

Follow.

When you’re playing a scene think if you want to lead—‘drive the scene’—stay with your partner –‘equal’—or follow. To follow is
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Lying

Lying.

The ruling elite are good a lying. Every 10 yr. old schoolboy knows that. Actors must be good at it too. There’s
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Pick a page

Pick a page, any page.

There are many wonderful books on acting. Stanislavski’s four books, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Keith Johnstone’s Impro and others like Uta
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Fend For Yourself

Fend for yourself.

It’s odd to think that actors have to fend for themselves. All the work we participate in is done collectively. Plays,
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blackwall

To the black wall.

Seeing a black wall at the end of your audition really is dead-end. It’s best if your audition is part of
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eyes

Eyelines in auditions.

You have multiple characters in your scenes for your audition. What to do? We never need to do anything to ‘show’ the
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Testimonials

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Byron McKim, Director
Byron McKim, Director
I just want to say how much I enjoyed the DGC Workshop with John Boylan’s style and the actors he had at the workshop, they were wonderful. I hope the DGC continue to provide similar workshops in the future.
Marie-Claire Marcotte
Marie-Claire Marcotte
I just read your tips and thoughts. Bravo, they're great - they encourage one to consider...without overwhelming. Your voice really comes out in them as well. Looking forward to reading more! 
Carlie Baxter
Carlie Baxter
I always recommend your class.  I sign a bunch of comics, and sketch/stand up performers and they need to learn to tone it down and act in the box. So your class is a great match.
Heli Kennedy
Heli Kennedy
I feel more on my voice this year than last and I owe that, in part, to your intensive last year. You quickly created an environment where everyone checked their egos at the door and felt safe to explore as themselves. The intensive process really allowed me to progress.
 John Cleland
 John Cleland
I think a lot of what I know about acting for the camera, I learned from you so, for what it’s worth, thank you. I have always pointed people to your course because, to me, you were one of the only teachers in this town who really got how to talk to actors.
Kaleigh Gorka
Kaleigh Gorka
Thank you John, I really appreciate your words of encouragement. So much of auditioning and booking jobs is out of our control so I find that if I can at least get in the room, do the work, and let myself be proud of it I'm not only improving as a professional but I'm preserving some of my sanity as well.... right??
Jake Epstein
Jake Epstein
You can't know how much your emails and words have meant. It's going well. It's been a real lesson in giving onstage. Hanging in. I might try to bug you one more time next week if you're around. Talking to you really helped last week.

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