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.



The way you approach the work was exactly what I needed. I have studied with many different teachers and sometimes I wonder why I didn’t find you sooner...
I really feel what I have discovered since working with you is invaluable. You have helped me trust myself again. The ideas, exercises and philosophy you inspire as you teach are the way I have always wanted to approach my acting. You have helped me to believe in that. You have helped me shift some very old narratives and guided me to free my own voice and creativity in my work. I feel I have built a new foundation within my work to grow from.
— Natalie Krill
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

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’