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After three and a half years at 101 Niagara, the Dirt Underneath Actors' Space will have a new home in the East End come September 2017. Our next round of classes will begin the week of September 11, at 636 Pape Avenue. Registration is now open, and we welcome prospective students to audit a class while our summer term is still in session (no cost).

Next chances to audit on-camera scene study, taught by John Gordon (see our calendar for the most up-to-date information):

Tuesday, August 8 - 11AM-2PM
Tuesday, August 8 - 6PM-9PM
Thursday, August 10 - 6:30PM-9:30PM

Monday, August 14 - 6PM-9PM
Tuesday, August 15 - 11AM-2PM
Thursday, August 17 - 6:30PM-9:30PM

For more dates and times, visit our website. The final class of the summer session will be held on Monday, August 28, 6PM-9PM. If you are interested in auditing or have any questions, please contact John at

ABOUT THE DIRT (Artistic Director: John Gordon)
Actors need a place to practice, not to search for the cure. First and foremost, acting is embarrassing. It’s way better when it is. We need a space to break patterns and habits, to stop worrying about whether it’s polished enough, to develop new points of view, to know not just know what the characters want, but why they deserve to get it. I believe breath connects us to emotional and physical impulses and that cannot be emphasized enough. I believe in comprehensive script analysis and working moment to moment to achieve visceral objectives. In front of the camera and onstage at The Dirt, this pursuit is not sacred and is full of silliness and joy.

TESTIMONIAL (Pippa Johnstone, Actor)
"The Dirt is a safe place to fail, flail, mess up and try again. John has set up a studio environment were I always feel I can take a risk or try something new, because I have the support of my incredible classmates. The Dirt attracts artists who are open-hearted, genuinely curious and hard working, and that made me want to work just as hard to rise to the challenge every week. Every week I leave the Dirt refreshed, hopeful and inspired."

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