Classes + Coaching

“Working with John over the years, both privately and in class, has been (as John would put it) “a blast”. His approach to a scene or character is always with a sense of curiosity, and humour, using his knowledge of life and work to lend empathy and insight. He has both deepened and brought a sense of ease to my work and how I approach it. I believe learning comes through doing; coaching with John provides the forum to explore a scene a variety of ways, providing me with options, layers, and the readiness I need to go into any audition or set feeling prepared and ready to play.”  -Natalie Brown/actor (The Strain, Cracked, Sophie)



Private Coaching with John Gordon
$80 + hst/hour



On-Camera Scene Study Class w/ John Gordon

$475 (includes hst) – 6 classes  [*early bird pricing $425, students must be paid in full by e-transfer 2 weeks before the session starts]

What am I responsible for bringing to my acting and what do I leave to inspiration? These questions never end, they are different for every actor on every day and it’s a teacher’s job to help an actor with these questions as they prepare to be on set, on stage or in the audition room. In these classes, actors will learn their strengths and what they need to work on in front of the camera. Points of emphasis will be: seeking out visceral objectives; the belief that an objective is attainable; finding compelling obstacles through both character and in-depth script analysis; and learning to be comfortable being uncomfortable while working in front of the camera through breath and physical awareness  on existing film and television scripts.

This is a class for working film and television and theatre actors.  Maximum number of students: 10


MASTER CLASS On-Camera Scene Study Class w/ John Gordon

$475 (includes hst) – 6 classes [*early bird pricing $425, students must be paid in full by e-transfer 2 weeks before the session starts]

This is a class for actors who are working regularly in film and television and theatre or who have studied with John for at least two terms.  Maximum number of students: 10


On-Camera Scene Study (The Cycle) w/ Shaun McComb

$400 (includes hst) – 6 classes  [*early bird pricing $350, students must be paid in full by e-transfer 2 weeks before the session starts]

The Cycle: This on-camera scene study is inspired by John Gordon’s amalgam of acting concepts. Much like John’s classes, a new scene is worked each week and shot with a two camera set-up. In addition, a different weekly theme is introduced, a particular tool to keep in mind for that week’s scene study. The aim is not to transform the Dirt’s ideas into a finite system, but to cycle through the concepts, exploring their usefulness. 

Shaun remains a student of John’s, in the advanced stream, and his developments as an actor are transparent and continue to be examined throughout the work done in The Cycle. Therefore the concepts that are discussed, tried on, thrown out, and practiced are done collaboratively. While in practice, ideas such as “good/bad’ and “success/failure” are effectively replaced with risk and fun. 

Maximum number of students: 10


Special Workshops:

Coaching + Mindfulness Workshop: Energy Mapping w/ Cynthia Chan 

$100 – 2.5 hour workshop on Monday March 2, 6:30-9pm  [early bird pricing $80/Feb 24]


Do you overcommit and then get overwhelmed with your schedule? Or do you have trouble figuring out the best time to start new projects?

This 2.5 hour Coaching + Mindfulness workshop will give you specific tools to plan your schedule to avoid energy depletion and to work more efficiently. Learning how to work with a visual Energy Map will help you navigate unexpected life stressors as well as help with decision making.

Maximum number of students: 10



3 thoughts on “Classes + Coaching

  1. Tracy Rankin says:

    Hi John, remember me?
    Itook your class a few years back. Last week I was working in a TIP film and chatted with an actor who told me that you are now teaching on your own now.
    I would love to apply for a class in the new year as well as audit one if possible. I’ve had to take a step back from acting for a few years as I’ve been in school but miss it too much!

    • Cynthia Chan says:

      Hi Tracy. Thanks for your message. Yes – you are welcome to audit a class in the next session beginning Nov. 11 – please check out the Audit page for more info and our schedule. The early bird deadline for Jan/Feb 2020 Session 1 is December 27. If you want to send John a message directly, you can reach him at – let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers, Cynthia (admin for The Dirt)

    • John Gordon says:

      Hi Tracy, of course I remember you! Feel free to come audit. There’s 5 classes remaining in the term, this week and next.

      Hope you’re well!

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