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.



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.
— Jake Epstein
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.
— John Cleland

Definitions.

Definitions is the title of new written work I’m publishing along with Tips & Thoughts. These publications give expression in writing to what is done in my classes.

Definitions was proposed by Camille Stopps as she was thinking on some recent discussion we had in a Mentor session. It hit her that there are key ideas in our work manifested in certain words and that to look at the actual definition of those key words was important -- especially in this day of disinformation.

Following the definition will be a short note explaining how this idea comes up in our work.

All definitions will be taken from the Oxford English Dictionary.

Let’s begin our Definitions publications with the word definitions itself:

An exact statement or description of the nature, scope, or meaning of something.
‘our definition of what constitutes poetry’