About Act One

Making Durham Region more "Dramatic" since 1995..........

The Act One School of Drama opened in Pickering in 1995. Initially known as O'Leary's School of Drama, the school's name was changed in 2004, due to the retirement of one of the original owners. In 2006, the remaining original owners, Cecilia Boudreau-Bates and Caroline Harvey, having firmly established Act One as a valuable source of quality performing arts training, at affordable prices, for the Eastern GTA, turned ownership over to the care of Mark Nathanielsz. Mark brought with him many years of theatrical experience in acting, directing, design work, production, admistration, operations and management.

Act One subscribes to the theory that acting and drama are not just for film and stage, but also "life and living". It is this philosophy that lies behind our motto "All the world is a stage". Children and adults come from across the GTA to attend the school. Act One strives to offer valuable opportunities to all - the shy individual who needs to build self-confidence; the hyperactive child who needs to work within a fun, structured environment; those wishing to seriously pursue stage or film as a career or at the community level; students looking for a positive outlet for their creative energies and last but not least, those who simply join for fun, while learning at the same time.

Act One credits most of its success to its teaching staff. All of them draw on rich and varied acting experience, are motivated by a passion for drama and have a love of teaching our next generation of young performers. They share a deep appreciation for how drama has positively affected their own lives and a desire to help others experience the same.

On behalf of Act One and it's staff, as they say on stage - "Break a leg"

Check out some of our students' work....

2017 Year end Vidoe Trailer

2017 Year End Performance Trailer

On Camera Short film project

On Camera Class Short Film Project

Summer Camp Short Film

2019 Summer Camp Short Film Project

2017 Summer camp Session Trailer

2017 Summer Camp Session Trailer

Why Drama?.....

Drama can have a positive impact in a variety of areas, not just from the perspective of a professional pursuit......

  • Drama opens the door to the creativity within each of us.
  • Drama enhances our ability to communicate and express thoughts and feelings.
  • Drama promotes better language skills, vocabulary enrichment and clearer enunciation.
  • Drama encourages our ability to think on the spot and be better storytellers.
  • Drama helps promote a stronger understanding of human behaviour.
  • Drama offers a path to greater reading and comprehension skills.
  • .....and more than anything - Drama is FUN!.

"You see things; and you say "Why?"
But I dream things that never were;
and I say, "Why not?"

George Bernard Shaw

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What Act One Has To Offer..........

Important School Events and Closure Dates
Date Event Notes
August 1, 2020 Fall Term Registration Fall Term Registration Opens. (Students registered in the Fall are automatically registered for the full year).
October 10-12, 2020 Thanksgiving School closed. No classes.
Week of
October 19th, 2020
Fall Registration Deadline
Start of 32-week classes.
After this week new student registration only possible with expressed instructor permission.
Please contact the school for more information.
If class is 32 weeks duration, it will be scheduled to start this week.
Start of Winter Term registration availability.
December 22,2020
January 1, 2021
Christmas/New Year School closed. No classes.
January 22,23,24,29,
30.31, 2021
Winter Cabaret Student Performance Event.
February 1, 2021 Start of Winter Term Winter Term classes start this week. Winter Term-only students join this week.
February 15, 2021 Family Day School is open. Classes run as scheduled.
March 15-21, 2021 March Break Week School closed. No classes.
Act One March Break Theatre Camp runs from March 15-19, 2021.
March 26-28, 2021 Weekend Of Monologues Student Performance Event.
April 2-5, 2021 Easter School closed. No classes.
May 22-24, 2021 Victoria Day School closed. No classes.
June 2021 Class year End Performances Each class will be scheduled to perform on one day in June.
July-August 2021 Theatre Summer Camps Act One runs four 2-week Theatre Summer Camp sessions for ages 5-14.