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A well-known Canadian actor, acting coach, teacher and mentor, John Boylan was the founder of Centre for the Arts, a community arts centre which served the community from 2003 to 2010.

John is a graduate actor from The National Theatre School of Canada and film and television credits include Campton Manor, Man Seeking Woman, Michael: Tuesday Thursday, From Noon to Starry Night, Running with Violet and in 1973 Alien Thunder.

Recently John delivered Directing the Actor workshops for The Directors Guild of Canada and an acting class at Centennial College.

In addition to his ongoing classes at his studio, John has taught at Ryerson Theatre School since 2002 and for many years was a guest tutor at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London.

He delivered a Master Class to members of the acting company at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. John ran the Directing the Actor class at New York University, Graduate Film School.

He created the acting for film and television course at The Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin; taught at the Guthrie Theatre, at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, at The Actors Centre, London, and in Zimbabwe for FIA (International Actor’s Federation).

He has taught at George Brown Theatre School, York University graduate and under-graduate theatre departments and Humber College. Across Canada at Workshops in the Performing Arts, Vancouver; Moving Images Group, Halifax, National Screen Institute, Winnipeg and Queens University.  John designed and delivered workshops in the Vancouver, St. John's and Halifax CBC studios for ACTRAWORKS.

A recent mentor under the Canadian Senior Artist's Resource Network (CSARN) program and he taught the first ever on-camera class at The Yale School of Drama.