THE 2017 - 2018 YEAR

Fall Classes Start - September 12th, 14th & 15th 2017
Holiday Break - December 18th 2017 to January 8th 2018 (3 weeks off)
Winter Classes Return - January 9th, 11th & 12th 2018
Spring Break 2018 - March 5th to March 19th (2 weeks off)
Spring Classes Return - March 20th, 22nd and 23rd 2018
Last Week of Classes & Registration - June 12th, 14th & 15th 2018
* Happy Halloween! Class is not scheduled for Tuesday, October 31st.
* Good Friday. Musical Theatre is not scheduled for March 30th 2018.

CAMPS 2018
ACTV Summer Camp 2018
Week One: July 23rd to July 27th - 9am to 4pm
Week Two: August 7th to August 10th - 9am to 4pm

ADULT WORKSHOPS - 3 Hour Workshops once per month - $60 plus HST
DATES for 2017 - 2018 (Saturdays 3pm to 6pm): Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Apr. 7, May 5 & June 9

PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS - 45 minutes - $80.00 plus HST
This service is provided for parents and adult actors looking for some professional guidance regarding the industry.

DEMO PACKAGE - 4 one hour private sessions plus DVD copy - $475.00 plus HST
We will work with the actor for 4 x one hour on-camera private sessions. Demos are used for agency submissions and film/television auditions.
- 4 one hour private sessions plus editing
- Two contrasting pieces
- One DVD copy of the demo

Acting Technique For Children

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waiting list.

Acting Technique for Kids is a fun weekly class which provides a creative environment where young actors can safely explore character development and scene study. Actors will train in a variety of acting techniques which will be applied to live performance and on-camera studies. Voice, movement, dialects, mask and storyboarding are utilized throughout the year and the actors have fun collaborating on their presentations. Actors will have a wonderful time while they work on the technical aspect of performing as they form the crew, select props, stage scenes and grow in confidence! Guest directors and actors visit the students often and the classes are kept to a small number to ensure that each actor has a chance to shine! All of the Acting Technique classes are led by Artistic Directors Zoe Heath and Jake Simons.

8 to 12 years - $880.00 plus HST
Tuesday - 5:30pm to 7pm

Thursday-5:30pm to 7pm

Acting Technique For Teens

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waiting list.

Acting Technique for Teens is a fast paced creative environment for the young actor who is looking to train at an industry level. Actors will study a variety of techniques which will be applied to their live performances and on-camera studies. Each actor will grow in confidence as they explore their passion for acting by writing scripts, directing, setting scenes, improvising and developing character. This teen class is fun and disciplined all at the same time. Guest directors will make special appearances throughout the year. All Acting Technique classes are led by Artistic Directors Zoe Heath and Jake Simons.

13 to 18 years - $960.00 plus HST
Tuesday - 7pm to 9pm

Thursday-7pm to 9pm

Musical Theatre For Kids

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waiting list.

The Musical Theatre classes are perfect for the performer who loves to do it all! The Acting Center offers a true triple threat class where students will study singing, acting and dancing. Participants will learn and perform both traditional and contemporary Musical Theatre styles. They will also have a ton of fun working on an original music video where they will help write, record, choreograph and film their collaboration. Classes are led by Artistic Director Jake Simons who has performed in Musicals across Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years.

7 to 11 years - $880.00 plus HST
Friday - 5:00pm to 6:15pm

Musical Theatre For Teens

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waiting list.

This class is designed for the older Musical Theatre Performer. Performers will sing, act and dance in this fast paced and exciting class. Performers will participate in the writing, recording and filming of an original music video as well as rehearse and perform pieces from classical and contemporary musical theatre. Each class is led by Artistic Director Jake Simons who has performed in Musicals across Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years.
*All levels of experience are welcome!

12 and Up - $960.00 plus HST
Friday - 6:15pm to 7:45pm


Ages: 8 to 12 years

ACTV Summer Campers go on an energetic artistic journey through improv, voice work, movement, script writing, mask development and filming. All of the Actors will participate in the shooting of their short stories and sketches and will receive their very own DVD copy to bring home to their family. They will create and paint their own neutral masks which they will use to stage a performance piece with their peers. Each day is filled with laughter and friendship as we celebrate the creative process of the performing arts! Chapman's ice-cream will be served on Wednesday and a complimentary pizza party along with drinks and fresh fruit will be served on the Friday. The actors will celebrate with their very own special screening following the pizza party on the last day. Every Actor will receive an Acting Center t-shirt on the first day of camp! Complimentary early drop-off and late pick-up are available by request (8:30am/4:30pm).

Duration: Week One
July 23rd to July 27th 2018 - 9am to 4pm
Tuition: $265.00 + HST

Duration: Week Two (Monday is a Civic Holiday. This is a four day camp.)
August 7th to August 10th 2018 - 9am to 4pm
Tuition: $215.00 + HST


See what our parents have to say.

I would highly recommend The Acting Center

I would highly recommend The Acting Center to anyone whose child is interested in performing, musical theatre, or who is just looking for a fun and creative outlet. Center Directors Zoe Heath and Jake Simons, both very talented professional actors in their own right, are the heart and soul of the center. They generously share their talent and experience and have created a learning environment that is supportive, respectful, dynamic and, above all, fun. My daughter enjoys The Acting Center so much that we drive in from out of town so she can attend their programs!

As a parent, it is a wonderful thing to see!

Zoe and Jake provide a safe, inclusive environment where my kids have been able to learn new skills, and explore their creative side. After my 13 yr old son has spent time under your tutelage; he is engaged, inspired and animated. As a parent, it is a wonderful thing to see! My daughter is gaining confidence in herself; both while having a chance to show her silly side and while learning to explore and convey deeper emotions.

After a fantastic year of growth and fun

My son, Tristan Culbert began Acting Technique classes at the Acting Center as a reserved, 10 year old. After the first class and meeting Zoe, we knew it was a really special place and his love of acting began that very night. After a fantastic year of growth and fun with Zoe, he moved into the Musical Theatre class and challenged himself with a completely different set of skills. With the enthusiasm and support of Jake, he really came out of his shell in music and dance. All of these classes stirred something in Tristan that gave him the confidence, skills and desire to become a professional film actor. He has since performed in multiple tv shows, movies, and short films and we continue to turn to Zoe and Jake for industry advice and acting/audition coaching. They are such a generous, talented, and fun couple, and we feel so fortunate that The Acting Center is a part of this exciting journey that my son is on.

About Us

More information on our school.

Founded in 2011, The Acting Center is a premier studio offering performance classes in film, television and stage. Children, teen and adult classes study technique in a safe and fun environment. From the Beginner looking to bolster confidence through public speech and performance to the Professional looking to hone their auditions skills, there is something for everyone at The Acting Center!

Artistic Directors

Zoe Heath

Zoe has been a professional actor for over 25 years. She has acted in theatre and film across Canada and in the United States. From the Yukon Territories to New York, she has been blessed to work with some of the most talented actors and directors in the industry. Zoe has performed onstage at The National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Stage West (Ontario and Alberta), Quest Theatre, Azimuth Theatre and Shakespeare in the Park. Zoe has been seen in many mini-series, movies of the week and feature films. She has worked alongside such greats, such as Anne Bancroft, Natasha Richardson, Jennifer Connelly, Tony Shalhoub, Judy Davis, Marsha Mason, Hugh Laurie, Kevin Nealon and many others. She has had the great privilege to be directed by such talent as Walter Salles, Darren Lynn Bousman, Robert Allan Ackerman, John Gray and Helen Shaver (to name a few). She continued that love of acting with her work in casting animation for many years with Planet Voice. Zoe is a proud recipient of Best Actress for The Alberta Motion Picture Awards.

Zoe has been directing and teaching young actors for over ten years. The Acting Center is a dream come true, as she is able to share her passion for acting with others. She is also a very proud Mother of two and is married to Jake Simons.

Jake Simons

Jake Simons has over 25 years of performing experience has been teaching for 15 years. He has 25 theatre credits, 40 film and TV credits and has shot over 40 TV commercials. Some highlights include: a two year run of Dirty Dancing at The Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto where he played the lead character Johnny Castle; Johnny Cash in the Ring of Fire at the Charlottetown Festival; The Fonz in the Canadian premiere of Happy Days the Musical (Stage West); Riff in West Side Story at Stratford; Song and Dance at Theatre Calgary; Hoopz (a Disney produced play about The Harlem Globetrotters in New York); three Pantomimes at the Elgin; recurring roles on the TV series Degrassi and Metropia; a supporting role playing Cuba Gooding Jr.s' cop partner in the feature film Sacrifice and the role of the Dad in American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight.

He is a trained dancer having studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and modern dance. As a dancer and choreographer he toured with several Juno-nominated Canadian pop singers, performed on the NHL Awards and was a member of the Inaugural Toronto Raptors Dance Pack.

When not acting he enjoys singing, playing guitar and saxophone in his band. Raised in Kitchener, Jake studied General Arts at The University of Western Ontario and graduated from the Randolph School of Performing Arts in Toronto.

Registration & Policy

Refund Policies

Refunds will be granted up to the first class of the term. A $25 administration fee is charged on all refunds. No refunds or credits are given for missed classes, late registrations or classes cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather.

Payment and Fees

Fees quoted are for a September to June year unless otherwise stated, such as camps, workshops and demos. Registration is on a first-come, first serve basis. HST will be charged in addition to tuition fees.

Waiting List

In the event that a course is full, please contact the office to have your name put on the waiting list at 519-546-6961. The waiting list will be called only if space becomes available. Please check the website frequently for changes or updates to the status of the course.

Absence and Lateness

Please contact office at 519-546-6961 if the student will be absent from class. Please be sure to arrive on time to avoid disrupting the class.

Minimum Enrolment

We reserve the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrolment. In the event of cancellation, full refunds will be provided.

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Guelph Youth Music Centre 75 Cardigan St, Guelph, ON N1H 3Z7