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: Advanced On Camera Scene Study, On-Camera Scene Study, 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)

John can be contacted at john@dirtunderneath.com



Hannah Spear – Improv Teacher

Hannah Spear is an award winning actor and improviser. Having improvised across Canada in numerous festivals including Improvaganza (Edmonton), ViiF (Vancouver), NXNE, and Just for Laughs 42, she currently resides in Toronto where she teaches and performs regularly at Bad Dog Theatre. Hannah starred in the critically acclaimed web series Versus Valerie, for which she was nominated for Best Female Performance (Web Series) at the Canadian Comedy Awards and won Best Actress in a Comedy at the International Academy of Web Television Awards. Select Film/TV credits include: How to Buy a Baby (CBC), Christmas Inc. (Hallmark), Filth City (Superchannel, LaRue Ent.). Selected theatre includes: Chloe Coverley in Arcadia (Citadel Theatre), Sugar Ducharme in Trout Stanley (Storefront Theatre), and Laura Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie (The Howland Company/Theatre Centre). Hannah’s first short film “90/91” which she wrote, produced, and starred in, is currently in post-production, set to be released Summer 2018.

Classes Taught At The Dirt: Drop-In Improv Workshops on the 1st Thursday of every month, 6:30-9:30pm, guest teaching during On-Camera film classes

Hannah can be contacted at hannahjspear@gmail.com


Cynthia Chan – Administrative Director

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Cynthia’s main roles at The Dirt include updating the website, scheduling classes and managing studio rental.   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.

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


Annie MacKay – Social Media Coordinator


Annie joined The Dirt in late 2016 and we haven’t looked back since!  She is an actor and producer and also works as the Marketing Coordinator of Studio 180 Theatre.


3 thoughts on “Our Team

  1. Christina says:

    LOVE the meaning behind the name! Completely agree and wish I lived closer so I could be a fly on the wall & witness more of John’s passion. Having gone to Bishop’s and seen his work, I can only say now as an acting teacher myself that you can only grow in the dirt with John!

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