TORONTO BASED COACHES

Available for in-studio and virtual coaching

AAS Resident Coaches are available everyday of the week online via Zoom and in-studio for audition preparation and self-tapes. We have coaches that are specialists with all age groups, levels, and genres to ensure the most effective + competitive auditions. Looking for an on set coach for your production? Our coaches are sought after by production giants including Netflix, Disney, Hulu, and more!

MEET YOUR COACHES

Dean Armstrong

Studio Founder and Director, Dean is an actor, on-set and pre-production coach with over 20 years launching and developing international stars.

Salvatore Antonio

AAS Artistic Director and Advanced-level Instructor, Salvatore Antonio graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada (where he also taught Acting for Camera). In addition to his 20+ year acting career, he is also an award-winning published and produced writer.
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Sara Mitich

is Head Resident Coach and Instructor at Armstrong Acting Studios where she continually inspires and guides her students and private coaching clients to recognize that to be an effective and magnetic actor, one has to do the work first. 
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Amos Crawley

Amos Crawley has been a professional actor since he was 4 years old. He has over 150 film, television, radio and theatre credits. He has been an instructor at Armstrong since 2010, where he has taught several age groups and levels.
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Lara Jean Chorostecki

Lara Jean Chorostecki is an actress and coach with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Known for her versatility and craft, her career has explored nearly every genre both in front of the camera and on stage. She is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory (Stratford) and holds a Masters in Classical Acting.
 
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Susanna Fournier

Susanna is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Alongside her acting career in theatre, tv, and film, Susanna's script writing is supported by Canada's leading institutions. She also works with production companies during the casting and script development process. 
 
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Sarah Gnocato

Head Youth Resident Coach and Director of Youth Division Sarah Gnocato is Toronto's most sought after youth coach. Sarah is an alumni of Second City and AAS. Sarah has coached clients who successfully booked their auditions for series regular, lead, supporting, and large principal roles in film + tv projects that include Nickelodeon, Hulu, Netflix, Disney, CBC, YTV, FX, and more! Sarah is also sought after by network giants to coach youth on set.
 
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Robbie Kay 

Robbie Kay has worked in film & television for over 15 years, starting at a young age in Prague. He has experience with every theatrical medium in a wide range of environments, having shot in England, USA, Canada, Italy, Greece, Czechia and Belgium to name a few. Projects like Pirates of the Caribbean, Once Upon a Time and Heroes Reborn round out an impressive resumé. Robbie has worked one to one with many reputable actors in the industry from ages 16 to 65, frequently resulting in bookings. He has the ability to elevate any performance and unlock material, identifying exactly what work needs to be done.
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Steven McCarthy

Steven McCarthy is an acclaimed actor, theatre director, filmmaker, and musician. He holds two diplomas from Montreal's prestigious National Theatre School of Canada. In 2015 his first short film was named to TIFF's top ten films of the year. He won a CSA in 2018 for Best Guest in a Dramatic Series.
 
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Laura Nordin

Laura holds a BFA in Acting from the University of British Columbia and her MFA from the esteemed American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre School. She is a co-founder of Filmcoop, a not-for-profit mentorship program for professional filmmakers in Toronto.
 
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Andrea Runge

Andrea has been working as a professional actor and teacher for over 15 years, playing leads at theatres including Stratford, Tarragon, Segal Centre, and Canadian Stage. She received an MFA from Pennsylvania State University, and a BFA from the University of Regina.
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