Testimonials

Over the past 30 years, these actors, directors, teachers, hosts, and screenwriters were all directed, coached, or trained by Miriam Laurence:

Jim Allodi, Chemika Bennett-Heath, Semi Chellas, Warren Chow, Christina Cole, Raven Dauda, Lolita Davidovich, Robin Dunne, Michael Eisner, Samantha Gudstadt, Martha Ferguson, Sheri Godda, Joris Jarsky, Carol Kane, Natalie Krill, Michèle Lonsdale SmithMichael Luckett, Jacqueline McClintock, Trent McMullen, Tatiana Maslany, George McKay, Andy McQueen, Leah Miller, Sofia Milos, Michelle Nolden, Paul Popowich, Gina Phillips, Deborah Odell, Liisa Repo-Martel, Alex Rice, Roland Rothchild, Joseph Scoren, Abigail Spencer, Jessica Steen, Amy Stewart, Brandi Mari Ward, Daniel Webber, Chandra West, Liz West, Rochelle Wilson, James Wotherspoon, Susie Yankou, and Richard Zeppieri

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Joris Jarsky (Actor: Saw V, Foolproof | Dora, ACTRA and CSA nominations) “When I look back at my career it is glaringly obvious that I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t studied with Miriam Laurence. When I met Miriam I was a lost young man with not a lot going for me. Taking her classes not only gave me my foundation of craft but it pointed me in the direction to which I so badly wanted to go: to be a working actor. We all want results from our time in class and there is no doubt in my mind that the time I spent in Miriam’s class has continued to give me the results I desire over and over again. Her generosity, kind heart and laser beam intuition have been one of the greatest gifts I have received from a teacher in my career. Before I met Miriam I had auditioned for George Brown twice and had not gotten in. Six months after studying with Miriam I was accepted into The National Theatre School of Canada. To me her greatest skill is that she pushes you towards your unique talent and gives you the skills you need to fully express it. Basically she’s a Fire Starter; she helps you light the fire and gives you what you need to stoke that fire for years to come.”

Martha Ferguson  (Actor and Director: Queer as Folk, Slings and Arrows | Screenwriter and Director: The Wet Season “Miriam’s class created the space for me to take risks and follow my instincts as an actor truthfully and sensorially, getting me ‘out of my head’ and bringing my work to life in an entirely original way. Miriam’s listening, clarity and razor sharp observations makes her one of Toronto’s best teachers.”

Semi Chellas  (Screenwriter and Co-Producer: Mad Men | Screenwriter, Co-Creator & Executive Producer: The Eleventh Hour | Screenwriter: Rookie Blue, Being Erica, Picture Claire, The Life Before This | Actor: Twitch City, The Life Before This) “Working with Miriam inspired me in my writing by exploring the layers that occur under and around the spoken word. The work in her class integrated the physical, the emotional and the dramatic in a way that led to some of the most interesting and original moments between actors that I’ve seen.

Tianna Nori  (Actor: Clean Break, Dual Suspects) I know I have said it again and again. But thank you! I have never met a coach who has as much passion and dedication to coaching and teaching their students as you!You Care – and this is rare. If you look at my resume, I have a ton of coaching and I can honestly say that I am so thankful to have met you and had the opportunity to be a part of your class. I am excited to continue in the fall with you!

Wesley Connor  (Actor: Queer as Folk, External Affairs, The Jane Show) I would highly recommend Miriam’s class to any actor, whether a beginner or a professional, looking to sharpen his or her skills. Her unique teaching technique, the Integrated Acting System, is the most effective method I have encountered. For the beginning actor, Miriam is encouraging and slowly guides you. I have seen remarkable transformations in new actors within a matter of weeks. The beginner comes out of Miriam’s class as a much more effective actor and with a strong sense of confidence. For the more experienced actor, Miriam pushes you to explore and test your own personal boundaries. She provides a perfect platform in which to try new things and discover new aspects of your instrument. As a working actor, I feel Miriam’s classes have provided me with the skills needed to get the audition and be the best actor I can be.

Heather Laura Gray  (Actor: The Score, Dead Like Me, The Lizzie McGuire Movie) “Drawing from a large assortment of information for the actor, ranging from method to instinct, Miriam Laurence is a great teacher. I’ve thoughly enjoyed the structure of the class that allows the actor to work on what’s needed for them specifically.

Raven Dauda  (Actor: The Bridge, ‘Da Kink in My Hair, Paradise Falls, The Eleventh Hour, The Newsroom, Bulletproof Monk, Mutant X) “Miriam is an amazing acting instructor and coach. Taking her classes was one of the best things I did for my craft and my career. I still see Miriam whenever I get cast in challenging roles. She is a wonderful coach and her guidance and insights are a priceless gift for any actor.”

Trent McMullen  (Actor: Small Town Murder Songs, The Elizabeth Smart Story, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Twice in a Lifetime, Earth: Final Conflict, Nikita, Last Night, PSI Factor) Miriam Laurence immediately recognized any strengths I might have and completely ignored them. With tenderness and passion she pushed me to confront my weaknesses. The result, I feel, has allowed me to create much fuller, more complex and, most importantly, very personalized characters. I always use her relaxation exercises for auditions and to go to the places inside myself that are so essential when doing a job. I will continue to go back and study with her for years to come.”

Linda McKenney  (Production Assistant: The Perfect Man, Dawn of the Dead, The Pentagon Papers | Actor: Mohandas & Bette: A Love Story) Miriam helped me to develop a routine to further myself in the craft of acting something tangible that requires technique and discipline. Miriam has been indispensable for my growth as an actor. Her Integrated Acting System works for me and I recommend it highly for anyone wishing to study acting.”

Deborah Odell  (Actor: Lost Girl, Alphas, Nikita, Time Bomb, M.V.P., The Dead Zone, Queer as Folk, Mutant X, Relic Hunter, PSI Factor) Miriam Laurence is a compassionate, gifted and dedicated teacher. By combining her extraordinary intuition with an extensive and varied knowledge of the acting craft, Miriam is able to create in her class a safe and nurturing environment in which the actor who wishes to dig deep can excel. She connects with her students on an individual level, bringing to light both their particular gifts and specific challenges. Miriam’s class provided me with a forum in which to get acquainted with myself on an emotional level in my work I was able to make my most intense and authentic connection to my emotions as an actor in Miriam Laurence’s class. For any actor who wishes to become more present in their work, I strongly recommend Miriam Laurence’s class.”

Roland Rothchild  (Actor: Repo Men, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, The Pentagon Papers, Soul Food, Woo) Anyone, whether professional or just starting out would do well to seek our Miriam’s instruction. Miriam promotes truth, integrity, and a specific approach to acting. This level of training is extremely rare. When I work with Miriam I am challenged to use myself thoroughly, encouraged to be truthful, and instructed on how to bespecific in executing directions without compromise. She possesses passion for her work, a profound intuition, and an acute ability to recognize and solve the blocks and acting problems that her students sometimes face. Miriam offers the actor a clear, constructive approach and you’ll be give the rare opportunity to combine all your knowledge and talents to make this art form your own.”

Joseph Scoren (Actor: Almost America, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Mutant X, Queer as Folk, Nikita, Due South) After two years of intensive study in New York, Miriam Laurence’s classes helped me to balance and hone my skills. As all respected actors of merit acknowledge, finding a superb teacher can make a huge difference in nailing an audition and sustaining a career.”

Paulette Sinclair  (Actor: Cosmopolis, Dan for Mayor, The West Wing, The Shakespeare Comedy Show | Editor: ModraMiriam quietly speaks little challenges to the actor and “presto” the scene takes on a whole, new, compelling dimension. Her wonderful layering technique has brought new depths of richness to my acting. I am particularly grateful to her for rekindling my sense of joy and playfulness.”

Brandi Ward  (Actor: XIII: The Series, Lost Girl, Guns, The Border, The Dresden Files, ReGenesis, Mutant X, Blues Brothers 2000) The combination of Miriam’s vast knowledge base, insight and support, created awonderful environment for growth and learning.”

Richard Zeppieri  (Actor: The Listener, Suits, Covert Affairs, The Kennedys, The Bridge, Murdoch Mysteries, Puppets Who Kill, Earth: Final Conflict, Soul Food, Nikita) One of Canada’s foremost acting teachers, Ms. Laurence’s clear and no nonsense approach to the art of acting will benefit everyone, from the novice starting out to the seasoned pro needing to refocus his or her skills.”

Warren Chow  (Actor: Cosmopolis, Rookie Blue, Connor Undercover, Mayday, Warehouse 13, The Listener) Miriam is one of Toronto’s best acting coaches. Her dedication, knowledge, and attentiveness to the craft and her students are paralleled by few. Her unobtrusive approach and profound perspectives on the craft has given me the tools and techniques that I utilize consistently to help me center and play from a place of spontaneous truth. Miriam has helped shape my work so that I am able to live moment to moment. Miriam’s techniques and approach can only make an actor’s work better. Her ability to teach the actor to breathe properly, to be aware yet to not hold on, and to voice the moments that occur are just a few things that is unique to her.
Without Miriam, my understanding and respect for the craft of acting would not be as it is today. She has taught me how to be continually curious towards my work in that each character I play has their own life and story and the discovery of this life and story is the respect that must be dedicated to each character.”

Michael Luckett  (Actor: The Basement, The Firm, Mystic, Red: Werewolf Hunter, F2: Forensic Factor, MaydayMiriam is the coach whom taught me how to simply exist within a scene and in front of the camera. She introduced me to THE MOST IMPORTANT exercises and strategies that I use continually in my preparation for roles and auditions, which keep me out of my head and truly free me up to spontaneity and rooted passion within a scene. I’ve worked with many studios and coaches in Toronto, and Miriam’s approach and beliefs around acting, in my experience, are the most in line with allowing myself to be, not controlling or arbitrarily designing actions in a scene, and opening myself up to all the freeing possibilities that can exist in the moment.”