Meet Dean Armstrong
Dean has collaborated with actors, directors, producers, casting directors and students of all ages in various educational forums and industry settings in both Canada and The United States. With an Honors degree in Dramatic Art and a degree in Education from Queen's University, Dean has extended his passion for teaching and performance into the Arts Community by designing and implementing workshops and techniques that have inspired, motivated and literally changed the lives of actors at all levels!
As an instructor, Dean brings 15 years of television and stage experience including 5 seasons in his critically acclaimed portrayal of Blake on Showtime's QUEER AS FOLK, as well 1 1/2 years on BROADWAY in Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical RENT. Other film and T.V. credits include: ALPHAS, WRONG TURN 4, THE LISTENER, HAVEN (E1/SYFY), SAW 3D, Host of the CBC six part mini series TRIPLE SENSATION II + INSPIRATION AND PERFORMANCE, REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA (TWISTED PICTURES), LOVE YOU TO DEATH (AKA 'TIL DEATH DO US PART) (GLOBAL/COURT TV), the role of Scotty Redfield on the PAX/PEBBLEHUT network's production DOC opposite Billy Ray Cyrus as well as appearances on RECIPE FOR A PERFECT CHRISTMAS, MISSING, 72 HOURS, THE NEW'S ROOM, EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT and TWICE IN A LIFETIME. Selected stage credits include starring roles in the Canadian Premiere of Jonathan Larson's TICK, TICK, BOOM!, KALEDOSCOPE (The Blank Theatre Los Angeles), A TRIBUTE TO BROADWAY (The West Hampton Beach Performing Arts Centre), THE GLACE BAY MINERS' MUSEUM, TWELFTH NIGHT (Magnus Theatre), THE SHOOTING STAGE (The Shaw Festival/Buddies in Badtimes), THE LAST TASMANIAN (Theatre New Brunswick), SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (Theatre Aquarius), TREASURE ISLAND (Young Peoples' Theatre), DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS (The Georgian Theatre Festival) and performances at The Rhubarb Festival and at The Second City.
As an extension of the school, Dean also serves as an ongoing acting coach for over 1000 working actors in the city of Toronto, as well as a pre-production and on set acting coach for television and feature films. Recent ventures include: BEAT THE WORLD, ICE CASTLES (SONY PICTURES), THE BEST YEARS (The N Network), PURE DESIGN (HGTV), MEDIUM RAW (BLACKWALK ENTERTAINMENT), CUPID'S CAFE (CBC), MR. FRIDAY (TEMPLE STREET PRODUCTIONS), BREAKING POINT, NATURAL WONDERS and 10 WAYS TO SAVE THE PLANET (DISCOVERY CHANNEL US/IMPOSSIBLE PICTURES UK), DA KINK IN MY HAIR (GLOBAL), the CBC pilot STUMP, HOW SHE MOVE (PARAMOUNT PICTURES), FUGITIVE PIECES (SERENDIPITY POINT FILMS), DARCY'S WILD LIFE (NBC), SAINT RALPH (ALLIANCE/ATLANTIS/AMAZE FILM + TV), THE LIFE AND HARD TIMES OF GUY TERRIFICO (DARIUS FILMS) and Showtime's QUEER AS FOLK.2009 marked the official launch of Dean's Film Production Company APPULSE FILMS. Currently awaiting release is the companies first feature VERONA, directed by Laurie Lynd (Breakfast with Scot, Murdoch Mysteries).
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