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New Ideas Festival 2022

Master Classes for Actors & Directors

Saturday, May 28, June 4, 11/10am-1pm EDT
​​In Person

​From conceptualization to rehearsal, this course is an examination/lecture/discussion of the directing process.  The focus is on the director’s process of reading the script and analyzing. A “how-to-go” from first reading’s gut impression, to recognizing the play you should be directing, to analysis of scripts from the Greeks through Shakespeare to the new Canadian play, to illuminating the thinking of the director and the way to engage and create with fellow theatre artists.

Accessible venue: main floor of the Alumnae Theatre. ​

For 40 some years, Mr. Rose has been a distinguished director in Canadian theatre.  Recently retired as Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre, Canada’s leading new play theatre, he was previously the Founding Artistic Director of the highly regarded Necessary Angel Theatre, plus the Director of the Stratford Festival’s Young Company and Associate Director of the Canadian Stage Company.  Awards include 5 Toronto Dora awards for Direction, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Direction and Bitef Festival’s (Belgrade) Audience Choice Award. Mr. Rose received the prestigious Walter Carsen Prize and City of Toronto Mayor’s Award for career achievements plus an Honourary Doctorate from Thorneloe University, Sudbury.  He has directed nearly 200 productions across Canada and internationally in Los Angeles (his production of Tamara ran 10 years), New York’s Off Broadway (Tamara ran 3 years) and London’s West End and in the mediums of opera and film.

ACTING/Acting’s Chaos inside Acting’s Order
​Saturday, April 16, 23, 30/10am-1pm EDT
​In Person

We will explore acting’s contradictions: how to find a character’s chaotic condition inside and the theatre’s need for order.
Our lines have been pre-written, yet somehow it’s better if their delivery appears spontaneous. Our bodies have been blocked, yet somehow it’s better if our actions appear random.
Guess what? The solution, for the most part, is just listening. And listening is hard because you can’t act it.
So we will explore.

The classes will take place in the Studio Theatre, which is up 3 flights of stairs.

R.H. has appeared in film and theatre across Canada, as Matthew Cuthbert in
Anne With An E, in the movie Chloe directed by Atom Egoyan, as Marshall McLuhan in The Message by Jason Sherman and This Was The World by Ellie Moon. As well as being an advocate for the arts, R.H. has worked on many history/arts projects. For the First World War Centenary, he built The World Remembers-Le Monde Se Souvient, an international commemoration exhibit now installed at the Canadian War Museum He is a Member of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.

A passcode is required to register for R.H. Thomson’s Master Class.
To obtain a passcode, email
If you are not an ATC member,
please include your CV and a cover letter.
​Member discount tickets are sold out.

Saturday, May 7, 14, 21/1pm – 4pm EDT
​​In Person

Canada’s first certified teacher of The Chubbuck Technique will journey you from script to a living breathing, dynamic character using a script analysis technique developed by acting coach to the stars, Ivana Chubbuck. With scenes from stage and screen, participants learn to leverage their own psychology and behaviour to parallel the emotional journey of the character infusing the character with a strong determination to move through obstacles and ‘WIN’ the scene​.

Accessible venue: main floor of the Alumnae Theatre. ​​

Ingrid Hart was born and raised in Toronto, Canada to Afro-Jamaican parents. She began her career in front of the camera as a fashion model and later studied theatre at New York City’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Perhaps best known for her lead role on Global Television’s improvisational drama Train 48, Ingrid has more than 20 years of acting experience and has appeared in films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Saw IV and television series such as NBC’s Kojak and CBC’s Being Erica. In addition to her own private coaching practice, Ingrid teaches Camera Acting at Toronto Film School. More information on acting classes and workshops is available at

Applicants must first send a CV and cover letter to
This requirement is waived for ATC members


Before joining the Alumnae, Ellen Green taught Dramatic Arts and Film and directed musicals and comedies, including favourites Into the Woods and Noises Off.  Now, producing, directing, assistant directing, and taking responsibility for training and development keep Ellen happily busy. Ellen is very pleased to offer members three outstanding Master Classes as part of the creatively reimagined New Ideas Festival this spring.

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