FACULTY

we are working actors

Our Faculty of over 30 instructors are all actors working regularly in the industry today. This ensures the competitive relevance of all training at our studio.

Dean Armstrong

Studio Founder and Director, Dean is an actor and coach for performers in film + television. Some of his clients include Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Perry Mattfeld (Shameless, In The Dark), Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana), Devon Bostick (The 100), Kaitlyn Leeb (Shadowhunters), Marshall Williams (Glee), Kevin O’Leary (Shark Tank), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (The Bold and the Beautiful) and Daytime Emmy winner, Brittany Allen (All My Children).

Dean maintains an active commitment to the support and development of aspiring and established talent across North America with services in Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York.


Dean also serves as a screen test advisor, pre-production and on-set acting coach for various networks and feature film production companies including HBO, SHOWTIME, HULU, NBC, DISNEY, BET, SHAFTESBURY, DISCOVERY, PARAMOUNT, and ALLIANCE ATLANTIS.  Dean’s collaboration, in this capacity, has not only influenced the critical acclaim of many stars, but his direction has also served as the basis for casting and the subsequent development of national and international talent.

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.

Sara Mitich

is Head Resident Coach and an 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. 

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.

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.

Jesse Griffith

Jesse is an Instructor, classically trained actor with a BFA from Ryerson Theatre School and most recently, a Casting Director. In 2018, Jesse opened Jesse Griffiths Casting (JGC) with the goal of combining his passion for the arts, knowledge of local talent and the desire to develop and nurture the next generation of artists.

Jenny Pudavick

 is a Resident Coach and Instructor for film and television at Armstrong Acting Studios. Combing the technical understanding of the script, making bold text choices and aiding the actors to access organic emotional moments.

Kaitlyn Leeb

is known to audiences for her recurring roles in CBC’s Heartland and ABC Shadowhunters. Her many other television credits include lead roles in Lifetime’s The Hazing Secret, recurring roles in BET’s Single Ladies, SyFy/Space’s Bitten, City TV’s Seed, Rogue and Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Sarah Gnocato

is a Resident Coach and Instructor that specializes in working with our young actors at the studio. An alumni of Second City and AAS, she brings her infectious energy and experience to every class.

Karen Glave

AAS instructor Karen Glave is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School, has over 20 years experience as a professional actor, and over 70 credits in film and television. 

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.

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.

Sharon McFarlane

Sharon holds Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Alberta and has over 20 years of experience acting in front of the camera and on stage.

Maggie Huculak

Maggie has 35 years experience acting and teaching, with lead roles at Stratford, Shaw, Necessary Angel, Tarragon, Soulpepper and the Globe.  She’s the co-author of Mein (Dora Award) and The Betrayal (Chalmer’s Award) and is a six-time Dora nominee.

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. 

Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is an actor and writer – she has 10+ years of experience in front of the camera as well as in theatre and has been recognized internationally for her writing. She splits her time between Toronto and Los Angeles.

Harmon Walsh

Harmon started acting at the age of 12 and has been seen on stage and in film and television throughout North America since. A graduate of AADA and the CFC Conservatory, he was most recently seen in Rising Suns, Incorporated, and Murdoch Mysteries.

Brittany Allen

Brittany Allen is a Daytime Emmy Award winning actress known for her versatility on camera. She has nearly 20 years experience of working in film and television in front of the camera, as well as behind the scenes as a writer.

Sarah Fisher

After training regularly with Dean Armstrong Sarah quickly landed a lead role in Degrassi. She has been working regularly ever since and is delighted to now have the opportunity to give back to emerging new talent at the studio what it has given her.

Anna Hopkins

Anna Hopkins is an actor and writer who splits her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. She studied Communication & Cultural Studies (Concordia University), Cinema & Communications (Dawson College), and Feature Screenwriting (UCLA extension). Anna has worked extensively in film and television as an actor and is starting to make her mark as a screenwriter.

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.

Jacob Blair

Jacob is a graduate of Studio 58's conservatory program, with over 15 years experience in theatre, film, and television. Jacob most recently played the leading role of 'William Pinkerton' on the series The Pinkertons which can be seen on Netflix. 

Carly Street

Carly is a graduate of Nation Theatre School and an award-winning actress, with numerous appearances at the Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre and other stages across Canada, the US, and on Broadway. You can also catch Carly on tv + film screens across Canada.

Joanne Boreham

Joanne has been a casting and voice director for over 20 years. She has cast numerous award nominated/winning series and features including the comedy hit Spun Out and Naturally, Sadie.  She looks forward to joining the AAS team.

Caroline Palmer

Caroline is an actress and the Director of Partnerships and Development at AAS. She oversees actor development at the studio including the workshop series, and prepares actors for agent submissions. She has trained at AAS for over 5 years and loves working with emerging talent to help them launch their own careers.

Joanne Boreham

Joanne has been a casting and voice director for over 20 years. She has cast numerous award nominated/winning series and features including the comedy hit Spun Out and Naturally, Sadie.  She looks forward to joining the AAS team.

Caroline Palmer

Caroline is an actress and the Director of Partnerships and Development at AAS. She oversees actor development at the studio including the workshop series, and prepares actors for agent submissions. She has trained at AAS for over 5 years and loves working with emerging talent to help them launch their own careers.

Zachary Bennett

Zachary has been acting for over 30 years and has a wealth of on set and industry experience. With a laundry list of television and film credits including Maudie and Designated Survivor - we're delighted to have Zachary join the AAS team.

Tara Samuel

 Tara graduated from George Brown's Performing Arts' programme in 1997 and continued on to a successful acting career. Appearing in stage productions across Canada and the US, she moved on to work on 5 seasons on the acclaimed 'Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye program'. Tara also works as a writer, co-producer, producer and director.
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