Our Team

John Gordon – Artistic Director 


I taught and studied at the Professional Actors Lab for 9 years. At Equity Showcase, I trained for 5 and taught for 2 years. As a young man I trained at Bishop’s University and Studio 58 in Vancouver. I direct, act and continue to study in Toronto. ‘But why is it called The Dirt Underneath Actors’ Space?’ Actors need a place to practice. To dig in the dirt.

Classes Taught at The Dirt: On Camera Scene Study, On-Camera Scene Study (Master Class), Advanced Theatre Scene Study, Weekend Audition Intensive

“More than any teacher I have ever worked with, John recognizes that good acting comes from being true to yourself not to some idea of who you need to be. In my work, he has encouraged a level of self-exploration that I have found not only beneficial to my acting career, but also to the way I see the world. I am without question a more open and generous actor than I was only a year ago and I have John’s continued guidance to thank for that.” -James Graham/actor (Co-Founder of The Howland Company, NSFW, 52 Pick-Up, New Jerusalem)


Contact: john@dirtunderneath.com


Shaun McComb – Acting Instructor

Shaun is a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance. He completed the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training at the Stratford Festival under principal David Latham. Shaun had a short stint in the MFA program at York University and is now currently completing his MA at the University of Guelph where he is also teaching acting. Along the way Shaun also studied privately with a variety of on-camera coaches including John Gordon. Shaun splits his time between Toronto and Guelph, where he grew up.

Classes Taught at The Dirt: On-Camera Scene Study

Contact:  shaun@dirtunderneath.com


Cynthia Chan – Administrative Director + Instructor of Coaching/Mindfulness Workshops

Cynthia’s main roles at The Dirt include updating the website, scheduling classes and managing studio rental as well as facilitating Coaching + Mindfulness Workshops.   In between working at The Dirt, she can be found at King West Chiropractic where she has worked as a chiropractor, co-owning the clinic since 1999 and working as a life coach.

Administrative questions can be emailed to: info@dirtunderneath.com


Britt MacLennan – Social Media Coordinator

Britt is a Toronto actor who has been a student at The Dirt since 2017. She started her career in NYC with a small theatre group after studying at The Barrow Group and Atlantic Theatre Company. Since moving back to Canada in 2016, Britt’s enjoyed learning, growing, and working as an actor. She loves being a part of The Dirt community and is excited to be a part of the team.

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