Act One's team of instructors and camp counsellors combines a unique and positive blend of maturity and youth with a wide spectrum of experience in film, television and stage performance, production, writing and education. Many have been with the school for years. What all share is a passion for and commitment to drama and performance, along with a love of teaching. This special mix is what allows Act One to preserve its long-standing reputation as a positive and supportive learning environment for young performers.

What Act One's staff never lose sight of is our focus on helping our students disover drama, in all its forms, and how in return, it can help our students learn about themselves. Our goal is to aid students in opening up their future opportunities, whether they be through pursuit of professional performance careers, applying the skills towards other occupations or just pursuing theatre for personal enjoyment and fullfilment. The staff's success at staying true to these principles is most evident in the large number of students who have been with the school for numerous years.

It has always been and will continue to be an honour and a priviledge, to be given the opportunity and responsibility for helping a student discover what acting and drama can mean to them.

Mark Nathanielsz

Owner / Artistic Director

Mark brings with him over thirty years of theatrical experience comprising over eighty productions as actor or director, with more than another forty in design or production capacities. Possessing a career highlighted by variety, his love has been theatre and its tremendous power of communication and discovery when creativity mixes with commitment and "reality" springs from the written page of a script.

Nicole Fairbairn

Instructor
Stage Theatre

Nicole has over thirty years experience as an actor. She has performed in over fifty plays and has extensive experience working in film and television, commercials and independent productions. She is also an accomplished voice actor with many professional credits.

Steve Hobbs

Instructor
Improvisation

Steve's a Toronto-based comedian and entertainer (improviser/writer/actor), trained extensively in improvisation through Second City and the Impatient Theatre Co. He's been a returning featured player at international comedy festivals (the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, New York's Del Close Marathon, etc.) with several different groups.

Marissa Blagrove

Instructor
Early Years/Stage Theatre

Starting at the age of 12, Marissa has been involved in the Arts Industry mainly interested in Theater. Throughout the years she has experience with live theater, Improv Comedy, Film and touring. Marissa loves travelling, going on big adventures, camping, trying new things and cooking!

Chris MacCallum

Instructor
Musical Theatre

Chris is a graduate of Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, where he trained in their triple threat Musical Theatre program. Originally from Regina, he has performed with Saskatchewan Express for several seasons doing 9 tours with the company.

Kieran Kennedy

Instructor
Musical Theatre

Bio coming soon.......

Roxanne Browne

Instructor
Acting On Camera

Roxanne is a British performer, now based in Toronto. Trained initially in England, she later continued her performance ducation in Paris, France, where she graduated from Ecole Jacques Lecoq.

Michelle Morrow

Instructor
Vocal Program

Michelle grew up performing in community theatre. She went on to Queen’s University where she studied voice as well as percussion. While at Queen’s, Michelle was a vocal coach for both opera and musical theatre, along with playing in pit bands and orchestras.

Leslie Durward

Instructor
Stage Theatre

Leslie is a Toronto-based theatre/film artist who graduated from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, specializing in acting and directing, with a French Language Minor.

Chris MacCallum

Camp Director

In additon to being one of the school's Musical Theatre instructors, Chris is excited to be back for his second year as Camp Director for the Theatre Summer camps. a graduate of Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, where he trained in their triple threat Musical Theatre program. Originally from Regina, he has performed with Saskatchewan Express for several seasons doing 9 tours with the company.

Marissa Blagrove

Camp Counsellor

Coming soon........

Jade Davidson

Camp Counsellor

Coming soon.......

Grace Irwin

Camp Counsellor

Coming soon........

Not applicable for 2020

Camp Counsellor

Coming soon........

TBA

Film Director

Coming soon........

Steve Hobbs

Improvisation
Workshops

Steve's full bio can be found above in the Classes section, as in addition to teaching Improv at the summer camp sessions, Steve also run't the school's regular Improvisation progrma. This marks Steve's fourth year presenting Improv workshops for the older campers.

Counsellors-In-Training

(CITs)

Coming soon.....

TBA (Jan 2021)

Camp Director

Information to be posted in December 2020.

TBA (Jan 2021)

Camp Counsellor

Information to be posted in December 2020.

TBA (Jan 2021)

Camp Counsellor

Information to be posted in December 2020.

TBA (Jan 2021)

Camp Counsellor

Information to be posted in December 2020.

Counsellors-In-Training (TBA 2021)

(CITs)

Information to be posted in December 2020.