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SELF-TAPES AND COACHING

MEET YOUR COACHES

TORONTO BASED COACHES

Available for in-studio and virtual coaching.

AAS Resident Coaches are available every day of the week, IN-STUDIO and ONLINE.  Our coaches are specialists with all age groups, levels, and genres to ensure the most effective and 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!

Dean Armstrong

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

AAS Toronto Executive Studio Director and Lead 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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Susanna Fournier

AAS Toronto Artistic Director Susanna Fournier 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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Amos Crawley

AAS Toronto Head Resident Coach 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

AAS LA Artistic Director 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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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 + TV for over 15 years. 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 on one with many reputable actors in the Industry, 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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Sara Mitich

Sara Mitich 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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Laura Nordin

Laura Nordin 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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