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David Rotenberg, Artistic Director
David Rotenberg has been a master acting teacher for over 25 years. He has directed on Broadway, in major regional theatres, for television, and he has published eleven novels. The five Zhong Fong novels are under consideration by HBO; his best selling historical fiction novel, SHANGHAI, has been optioned by Darius Films; his trilogy - THE JUNCTION CHRONICLES has been optioned by Don Kurt who produced the Emmy award winning series Justified. His new series THE DREAM CHRONICLES will be out in the bookstores within the year. David has taught at York University, the National Theatre School of Canada, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the University of Cape Town, and Princeton. He regularly teaches professional classes in Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, and, more recently, in Los Angeles. He directed the first Canadian play in the People's Republic of China. The roster of his students reads like a who's-who in ranks of Canadian actors, including Tatiana Maslany, Rachel Mcadams, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon, Ennis Esmer, Patrick Adams, David Hirsh, Jonas Chernick, and Shawn Doyle . His unique techniques draw students from as far a field as Turkey, South Africa, Mexico, China, the UK, and of course, across Canada and the USA.
Marvin Hinz, Instructor
and Operating Manager, Pro Actors Lab Stratford
Marvin has worked in theatre and television for more than 25 years, and holds an MFA in Acting from York University, where he first met and studied under David Rotenberg in 1994. He continues to study and teach with David at The Professional Actors Lab, and has worked in a number of Performance Group productions under Mr. Rotenberg's direction, including DWARF, The Sins of the Father, and Franz Wedekind's Lulu. Other theatre credits include: Carl in The Tank Range Project (Meaford Arts Collective /Springworks); Harry Brock in Born Yesterday (Capital Theatre, Port Hope); The Laramie Project (Studio180/ Buddies); Victor in Private Lives (The Globe, Regina); and Joey in The Old Neighborhood (ARTWORD/ East-West, John Gordon). Film and television credits include: Impact (series); Believe Me (feature); Reign; The Firm; The Echo (feature); the CBC short "Unlocked"; CFC short "Two Brothers"; Mayday; Kevin Hill; Riding the Bus with My Sister; Street Time; Brian's Song (feature); and Nero Wolfe.
In 2008, Marvin completed a Bachelor of Education at OISE, University of Toronto, specializing in Intermediate-Senior, Literature and Theatre Studies.
In September 2013, Marvin opened his own studio PRO ACTORS LAB STRATFORD, which, like our Toronto studio, offers on-camera training and private audition coaching to professionals living in southwestern Ontario and the GTA.
Jeff Clarke, Acting Instructor
Jeff Clarke is a working actor and teacher. He received his BFA in Performance with Distinction from Concordia University, and completed his MFA in Performance from York University. He regularly appears on popular American TV series such as, Titans, Jett, Suits, 12 Monkeys, Fargo, The Expanse, The Girlfriend Experience, Cardinal, Designated Survivor, Monday Mornings, Rizzoli & Isles, Up All Night. Two and a Half Men, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Ugly Betty and more. Jeff also completed a five-episode arc as Howard Dawes on Mad Men. He has appeared in over 20 m.o.w.'s for CBS, Lifetime, A&E, Hallmark, and Disney, as well as more than 70 national commercials in Canada and the U.S. combined. Feature films include Chicago, Clear Blue, Coconut Hero, Downsizing, Seven In Heaven, and Giant Little Ones. Jeff has taught extensively in LA and Toronto, running workshops on audition technique, commercial acting, and on-camera scene study.
He is currently based in Toronto with his wife and son.
Laurel Paetz, Voice Instructor
Over the course of her thirty-year acting career, Laurel has worked in film, television, radio and theatre. Film and TV credits include Wild Iris, Captive, Arrival II, The Lives of Girls and Women, Whiskers, Street Legal and Sisters, which garnered Laurel a Gemini Award nomination. In theatre, Laurel has had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s finest directors both at major regional companies, and at smaller grassroots theatres. She has originated roles in over two dozen new Canadian plays, many of those during the ten years she spent at the Blyth Festival, during her tenure at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg, and while a member of the resident ensemble at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary. Laurel has also appeared onstage at The Arts Club, The Belfry, Citadel Theatre, Globe Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Manitoba Theatre for Young Audiences, Factory Theatre, YPT, Thousand Island Playhouse, and the Piggery, among others.
In addition to her acting career, Laurel has taught voice, speech and dialects at Humber College, Ryerson U, Dalhousie U, and the University of Toronto. She has coached dialects for Soulpepper and Tarragon theatres and was a dialogue coach on the series, Heroes Reborn. She also currently teaches at York University, the Toronto Film School and coaches privately.
Andrea Runge, Acting Instructor
Andrea is a professional actor and teacher based in Toronto. She first met and studied with David Rotenberg at Pennsylvania State University, and then went on to study at The Professional Actors Lab.
Theatre credits include four seasons at the Stratford Festival - selected roles: Rosalind in As You Like It, Viola in Twelfth Night, Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, and Minnie Fay in The Matchmaker. She has also worked at the Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, the Segal Centre, Theatre Aquarius, the Vancouver Playhouse, Globe Theatre, Thousand Island's Playhouse, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, and Pennsylvania Centre Stage. Some film and television credits include Designated Survivor, Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, Spliced, and Corner Gas.
She has a Master of Fine Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Regina. She is an acting instructor for various film and theatre schools across Toronto and the GTA, and has taught courses and workshops at several universities in Canada and the US.
Bruce Clayton, Associate Artistic Director
and Artistic Director of Western Pro Actors Lab (BC)
Bruce has acted professionally for over thirty years and has preformed from coast to coast-to-coast, from Vancouver to Halifax to the Artic Circle. He has also performed in numerous cities through out the United States. He has acted for the Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Co., Mirvish Productions, Live Entertainment, Shakespeare Plus and the Vancouver Opera in such shows as Les Miserables, Kean, Broadway Bound, Show Boat, Little Night Music, Zoo Story, Dwarf, You Can’t Take It with You, Jacques Brel, Tom Foolery, and Tom Jones. Bruce has been seen as guest leads in such TV series as: Traders, Due South, Hoop Life, Earth Final Conflict, Total Recall, FX: The Series, and Star Hunter. His Films include: Haven, Torso, Butter Box Babies, No Further Questions, Sirens and Rubber.
Bruce has taught at George Brown College, Sheridan College, University of Toronto Erindale campus and Equity Showcase Theatre (EST). He is also well known as a coach and has many clients in or on series and films currently shooting across Canada and in the United States. Bruce was David Alpay acting coach for Atom Egoyan’s film Ararat (2002). Bruce has been fortunate to have studied with a variety of great Teachers: Carol Rosenfelt, William Hickey, Kurt Reis, and David Rotenberg to name a few.
Rae Ellen Bodie, Voice Instructor
Rae Ellen has been acting and coaching professionally for over twenty years. She received her MFA-Acting and a Diploma in Voice and Speech from York University, has been a Voice and Acting instructor at York University and the University of Calgary, was an Associate Instructor at the National Voice Intensive, and has served as Voice/Acting Coach on numerous Calgary and Toronto stage productions. Rae Ellen also works as a Dialogue/Acting Coach in film and TV, recently coaching series' leads Matt Long, Lorraine Bruce and Isiah Whitlock, Jr. on the ABC series Lucky 7; Jay Ryan on Beauty and The Beast for CBS, and Megan Follows, Alan Van Sprang and Rossif Sutherland on Reign, also for CBS. Other Dialogue Coach credits include: XIII: The Series for Showcase, Transporter for HBO, and Frenemies for Disney. When not on-set or at the Lab, Rae Ellen is the Voice Mentor for the CFC’s Actor Conservatory and offers private voice/acting coaching in her home studio space.
Rae Ellen’s Toronto film and TV acting credits include recurring roles on “Queer as Folk” and “This is Wonderland”, and in the feature film Tkaronto. Selected stage credits includes the critically acclaimed “Bluebeard” at the 2008 Fringe; The Old Neighbourhood for East/West Theatre Company; “Lemon Water” for the Summerworks Festival, and DWARF for Equity Showcase Theatre, under the direction of David Rotenberg. A John Hirsch Director's Award nominee, Rae Ellen’s directing credits include the Dora Award nominated production of Jason Long's Offensive Foulsfor Hustle n' Bustle Theatre Co. and MTYP, Celia McBride's Anatomy of a Broken Love Affair for Vintage Productions at Summerworks (Best Director - NOW Magazine), and Brad Hampton’s The Picture Of Happiness, which she co-created and produced with Brad Hampton and Patti Loach. Rae Ellen’s teaching is based in the Linklater method of Voice training, her studies with her Master Teachers, and, primarily, the trial-and-error of her acting, coaching and directing experience.
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