The Intensive.

The only course of its kind in Canada.

The best work is often the result of an intense and in depth period of concentrated effort. This is also the way an actor makes significant gains in his overall abilities. If you’ve acted in the theatre, for example, you know how great a distance you travel and how much you progress in a one-week rehearsal period. An acting intensive can have the same rewards.


…something about your teachings kept with me. …some of the personal barriers you somehow found. It’s been stuck with me ever since.
— Greg Hovanessian


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

About John Boylan.

John Boylan

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.


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