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



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.


One thought 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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