Actor’s Intensive

Now entering its 10th year, the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Actor’s Intensive is a multi-week course that takes a back-to-basics approach to tune up the mature actor’s instrument with voice, movement, and acting training from working pros. This course culminates in a showcase of participants for an invited audience including directors from the community.

The class structure mirrors conservatory programs and provides practice that is frequent and focused. You’ll work three days a week (15 hours per week), for 75 hours of instruction over five weeks—enough time to polish off any rust and get galvanized for lasting change.

This is both a process and a product class. The acting training will incorporate voice and body work and examine the decision-making process that goes into crafting a performance. You will also integrate the process back into the product as you work on scenes and monologues, both classic and contemporary, to be presented at the showcase.

Please contact the Education & Outreach Associate, Hila Graf, at or 604.687.5315, ext. 250.

Program Dates
April 2–May 6, 2019

Deadline to apply
February 21, 2019

Class Schedule
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30–10:30 PM, and Sundays, 2–10 PM. Classes are held at either the BMO Theatre Centre (Olympic Village) or the Granville Island Stage.

Cost (includes GST)
Equity members: $640
Non-Equity members: $799

Other Details

  • Students are expected to attend all classes
  • Class size is limited to 12 students
  • Total number of instruction hours: 75
  • Students will showcase material for an audience that will include directors from the community

The Actor’s Intensive supports each actor in a different way, including:

  1. As a bootcamp. These actors want a place to work out for the duration of the program and get into prime acting shape.
  2. As a systems re-boot. These actors want to diversify their learning, add to their skill toolbox and get re-inspired by filling in some gaps in their training.
  3. Becoming part of an acting community. You will find theatre friends, future collaborators, and project ideas here by reintroducing yourself and enhancing your presence in the acting community.

All of our classes are taught by working professionals, award-winning actors and veterans of the Arts Club Theatre Company. Past faculty includes Alison Matthews, Jo Leslie, Wendy Gorling, Christine Hackman, Bill Pozzobon, and many others.

Dean Paul Gibson/Program Director and Instructor
Dean is the Program Director for the annual Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, Instructor with the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Training, Bard Studio, Guest Instructor at Studio 58 Professional Theatre Training and Capilano University.

Dean is an award-winning theatre practitioner with 30 years of experience. His passion for performance, language and its intent has served to make him a trusted and sought-after theatre artist in a number of roles including: Director, Actor, Instructor, Workshop-Leader, Adjudicator, and Coach. His extended experience as a successful director over sixty productions has allowed him to further enrich his skills and create opportunities to connect with people and their stories.

As an actor, Dean’s credits include: Otto in The Shoplifters for the Arts Club, David (and others) in The Full Light of Day for Electric Company, Tom Sergeant in Skylight for Theatre Calgary, Warwick in Saint Joan for the Arts Club, Andrew Undershaft in Major Barbara for an A.C.T/TC co-production, The Bartender in Tosca Café—another A.C.T/ TC co-pro, Patrick Flanagan in Jitters at the Belfry, Falstaff for Bard on the Beach, Vigil and The Drowsy Chaperone for Theatre Calgary, Little Mercy’s First Murder and The Family Way for Touchstone Theatre, the Ruby Slippers Theatre and Pi Theatre coproduction of Shopping and F**king, the original ‘Tailor’ in The Overcoat at Vancouver Playhouse, where he also performed in Romeo and Juliet, The Dead Reckoning, The Music Man, Little Voice, Stones in His Pockets, Humble Boy (also at Tarragon Theatre and the National Arts Centre), and A Christmas Carol and Problem Child (Green Thumb Theatre).

Scott Bellis/Head Instructor
Scott is best known as a founding company member and Artistic Associate at Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, where he has played many roles including Hamlet, Henry the Fifth, and King John in over 40 productions there since 1990. His directing credits include Twelfth Night (Carousel Theatre), The Piano Teacher (remount, Arts Club), Red Birds (Solo Collective) The Black Bonspiel of Wullie MacCrimmon (Persephone Theatre), Richard III, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Studio 58) and Antony and Cleopatra, Comedy of Errors, and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bard on the Beach).

He has performed across the country, and with most theatre companies in Vancouver, including the Arts Club (The Matchmaker, Good People, Pride and Prejudice, The Philanderer, Educating Rita, Avenue Q, Cyrano), Ruby Slippers Productions (The Leisure Society, Winners, The Cat Who Ate Her Husband, Hotel Bethlehem), and Patrick Street Productions (Bat Boy: The Musical). Scott has been nominated for 20 Jessie Richardson awards, receiving four, and currently serves as Council President for Canadian Actors' Equity Association.

Scott has also taught acting for the Banff/Citadel Academy and Studio 58 at Langara College. He is excited at the prospect of another great series of classes here at the Arts Club and looks forward to sharing his personal knowledge and experience with those who have a passion for live performance.

Jillian Fargey/Guest Instructor
Jillian is a graduate of Studio 58 and has worked across the country in theatre, film, television and radio. Jillian has been nominated for 8 Jessie Awards, having received one for Best Actress, was awarded a Leo for Best Supporting Actress, along with 3 other Leo nominations, and received a Genie nomination, as well as being the recipient of the Best Actress award at the Ourense international film festivals for her work in the Canadian film Protection.

Veena Sood/Guest Instructor
Veena Sood is an award-winning actress, known for her versatility in theatre, film, television, improv comedy, and emceeing. By age 16, she was a drama student at the University of Calgary, where she studied with master improv teacher Keith Johnstone. She co-founded Calgary's Loose Moose Theatre Company, best known for their development of the world renowned Theatresports. Veena also co-artistic directed Keith Johnstone’s improv format The Life Game, for which she co-produced 10 episodes for CBC.

You can see Veena in numerous television and film productions such as Riverdale, Salvation, The X-Files, Corner Gas Animated, The Indian Detective, as well as the recent film Welcome To Marwen. In 2017 Veena was honored by UBCP/ACTRA with The Lorena Gale Woman Of Distinction Award, and in 2014 UBCP/ACTRA also awarded Veena the Sam Payne Award for her contributions in humanity, artistic integrity, and encouragement of new talent. Veena is a 3-time Jessie Richardson nominee/winner for her theatre work, as well as a Leo Award nominee/winner for her television work over the years.

Tuesday, April 2, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Thursday, April 4, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the Granville Island Stage
Sunday, April 7, 2–10 PM, at the Granville Island Stage

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Thursday, April 11, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Sunday, April 14, 2–10 PM, at the Granville Island Stage

Tuesday, April 16, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Thursday, April 18, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Sunday, April 21, 2–10 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Thursday, April 25, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Sunday, April 28, 2–10 PM, at the Granville Island Stage

Tuesday, April 30, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Thursday, May 2, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre
Monday, May 6, 10 AM–5 PM, at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

Monday, May 6, 7–10 PM, at the Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30–10:30 PM, at the BMO Theatre Centre


  • Minimum age: 25
  • Significant training and/or experience in acting and performing (preferably both), experience can be recent or not
  • Non equity actors are encouraged to apply
  • *Must be able to attend full-day rehearsal and showcase on Monday, May 6, 2019

To apply:

  • Submit a one-page cover letter that clearly states why you think you would be a good candidate for the class AND a 1-page resume summarizing your performing experience and training
  • Please include your contact information and whether or not you are an Equity Member.
  • A headshot is recommended but not required


The deadline to receive your application is February 21, 2019

Once we receive your application we will schedule an audition on March 3, 2019. You will be invited to present a monologue of no more than 3 minutes. This monologue should be from an established play from either the classical or contemporary canon with at least 1 professional production to its credit.

Successful candidates will be notified by March 8, 2019. To secure your spot, we need to receive a non-refundable deposit of $350 by March 19, 2019. The remainder of the tuition is due March 26.

If, for some reason, you have to drop out of the class between April 2–May 6 and we can fill your spot with another student, your tuition, less the deposit, will be refunded to you. If we cannot fill the spot, you will forfeit the entire amount.

Failure to make the deposit or pay the remainder of the tuition by the due dates will result in a loss of your spot in the class.

Highlights of past participants:

"The Actor’s Intensive was a great boost to my career. In the year after I took the course, I booked two Arts Club shows, produced and acted in my own show and received a Jessie nomination. I got to meet great people and got to revisit and refocus my skills and technique as a performer and that is never a waste of time. Do it!! Fas a Bealac!!"
Ashley O’Connell, class of 2010 (The Graduate, Blood Brothers, Spamalot)

"The Actor’s Intensive meant a lot to me. Offering such a high calibre training opportunity with some of Vancouver’s finest is a testament to the Arts Club’s community devotion. The supportive, liberating atmosphere created by the instructors, combined with their wealth of knowledge, has sharpened my skills and greatly improved my process in a very short period of time"
Sebastien Archibald, class of 2012 (Clybourne Park)

"The Arts Club Intensive is such a stellar opportunity to work with and learn from leading industry professionals. I believe that this course is an absolute must for all actors who want to hone their skills and rediscover a passion for their work"
Lara Rose Tansey, class of 2014