Claudia Jurt, Owner and Head Instructor, founded A.C.T. (Acting for Cinema & Television) in 2001. She has trained as an actor and teacher for over 20 years in cities all over the world, including, L.A., New York, London, Zurich, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, her hometown of Ottawa, and more.  Claudia has worked in various aspects of film, television and stage, not only as an actor, but also as a director, producer, and as the owner to the original Ottawa casting company, Ottawa Casting.
Some of Claudia’s film credits include, Little Death, Dedspell, Clown, Find Me, House at the End of the Street (Jennifer Lawrence), Metal Tornado, The Righteous Tithe, Une Vie Meilleure, The Maiden Danced to Death, Dark Places, The Wild Hunt, My Family’s Secret, Like Mother, Like Daughter, Maid of Honor, etc. Some of her television credits are Strangers in My Home: Thorny Rose of Texas, Reign, The Actor Who Could Not Cry, The Best Laid Plans, The Cold War Series, Hockey: A People’s History and Naked Josh.
Claudia directed the plays Specter, Women in Motion, Bench Seat and Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, successful stage productions at the ACT Studio and various short films including A Buck Ten, The Woman Outside, Detention, Alien Harvest, etc.
She has also studied classical drawing and painting at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, and her art has been purchased in North America and in Europe. Several of her pieces have been featured in restaurants in Toronto.
Although she has a wide range of experience in front of the camera and on stage, teaching continues to be one of her favorite things to do. She has trained 100’s of actors, from children to adults, from beginners to seasoned actors.
“Teaching was one of my childhood dreams. Working with actors is a constant source of inspiration for me. I love the moments where I get to witness an actor feel the immense joy of expressing him or herself publicly!”
Currently, Claudia is located in Toronto, Ontario, and travels to teach in various cities.
** To book Claudia for an intensive in your city, please email **




Corry Burke has been working in the film, television, and theatre industry for over 15 years.

With a varied formal background and a desire to help others achieve, he has been a guest instructor with ACT Ottawa for a number of years.

Having worked alongside well-known and well-respected talent, he brings the benefits of those experiences to the classroom.

In his own pursuit of the art he continues to work towards egoless, effortless, and truthful storytelling

Corry’s IMDB page




Occasionally A.C.T. hosts industry professionals from across Canada and the US to teach specialized workshops.

Special Guests have included:

Stephanie Gorin of Stephanie Gorin Casting, Toronto

Sharron Forrest of Forrest & Forrest Casting, Toronto

Nadia Ronia, Vera Miller & Rosina Bucci of Elite Casting, Montreal

Andrea Kenyon & Shawn Roberts of Kenyon Wells Casting, Montreal

Helene Rousse of Total Casting, Montreal

Bruno Rosato of Bruno Rosato Casting, Montreal

John Strasberg, NYC, Actor, Director, Teacher, Writer (son of Lee Strasberg and Paula Strasberg)

Dov Simens, Producer, Los Angeles

Kate Hurman, Accent, Dialect Coach

(The Late) Sam Chwat, NYC, Speech and Dialect Coach

Judith Thompson, Canadian Award Winning Playwright

Gail Harvey, Award Winning Director

Sheila McCarthy, Canadian Award Winning Actor and Singer