Train your body, voice, imagination and mind for truthful & natural acting in theatre and film.
Receive Individual Attention
1. Audition Coaching
Work on auditions for theatre, film, or to get into schools. Or improve for self-tapes by working on sides from Miriam’s large collection.
2. Role Coaching
Many famous actors have their go-to coach. If you’re already booked, explore your character and script fully. Miriam has worked with actors to bring their best to the set on the day.
3. Dream Role Coaching – In-Depth Exploration of a ‘Wheelhouse’ Role
Character exploration of monologues and/or scenes from one screen-play or play. This could be ‘Hamlet’ to a role in a current series or film. The role will be chosen so that, while they are within the your ‘wheelhouse’, they stretch your abilities.
4. Accent Reduction or Dialect
Work with Miriam on improving your North American pronunciation or on a specific dialect.
Miriam offers coaching for $100/hour (+hst) CAD or a package of 4 hours for $380.00 (+hst) CAD.
Sera Lys McArthur (Actor: Monkey Beach and Pretty Hard Cases, Burden of Proof, First Encounter, Outlander, Magic Madeleines, Friends From College, Robbery, Arctic Air) Miriam is my go-to acting coach for all my auditions and callbacks. She is also extremely helpful in assisting me to breakdown scripts of lead roles which I have already booked. She helps me key in to aspects and elements I might have missed, which in turn allows me to reach a deeper level in my work. Her coaching is both artistic and technical. As a director, she has an excellent eye and ear for details. After working with Miriam, I always feel much more prepared and confident about my work.
Aidan Wojtak-Hissong (Actor: Are You There God?, It’s Me Margaret, I Am Not Okay with This, Falling Water) “I would highly recommend Miriam if you need an acting coach who will bring out the best in you, particularly when faced with difficult auditions where you’re struggling to connect with the material. She has taken scenes from scripts that have been difficult for me to relate to and she has made the scenes more real for me. Miriam has also helped me with improvisation, particularly for my role on ‘Are You There God It’s Me Margaret’ where the ability to improvise scenes was a key part of my final audition. Miriam’s a great coach and if I want to feel like I’m well-prepared for an audition or a role, all I need to do is call her for help.”
Siam Yu (Actor: I Declare War, The Yard) “Miriam’s exercises and techniques have fundamentally shifted the quality of my auditions. … Not only has my enjoyment in the process risen, but the speed of the character coming alive off the page has doubled as well. Miriam’s coaching has also gained significant results: I credit our work together as the reason I was accepted into the acting program at the National Theatre School of Canada. …”
Kiley May (Actor: The D Cut, Coroner, It Chapter Two, Woman Dress) I wasn’t sure how practical online Zoom acting classes would be, but Miriam’s coaching still really comes through and can guide and pull out fantastic work for me.”
Nic Grimes (Actor: The Christmas Spirit, Future Man, V-War, Killjoys) “Miriam is a brilliant teacher! Her teaching approach provides you with the precise tools to continually improve as an actor and set yourself up for future success. … not only am I a stronger actor but I can’t begin to explain how truly free, present and confident I am during auditions and when I’m on set!”
CONNECT WITH MIRIAM
Miriam has years of experience coaching actors online for auditions and roles in series and for film, or theatre auditions. She also has extensive experience as a Dialect and Accent-Reduction Coach. Her clients have included actors auditioning or booked on such films and series as: 11-22-63, Burden of Truth, Future Man.
ABOUT THE IAS TECHNIQUE
Her IAS technique intensifies an actor’s on-camera presence. It consists of acting exercises integrating Stanislavski, Meisner, Adler, Hagen and Strasberg – often making use of Michael Shurtleff’s vocabulary. This involves learning how to use an integration of all of the different techniques taught by great teachers of the past century – and apply them to the constraints of the screen.
Actors learn on-camera techniques; they make use of the story and character; they use those details and combine them with personal connections. They also learn Miriam’s techniques of how to maintain connections while doing a reading – be it ‘cold’ or ‘prepped’. Ultimately, we actors are required to master the logic of the written scene with human practical connections. This connection creates reality-moment-to-moment eye movement onscreen – with or without a script in our hands.
We see this type of acting throughout the great series and films; but learning, understanding, and practicing how to truly be believable – without a ‘façade’ of naturalism – remains key.
Over 12 weeks in a group, we cover exercises drawn from far-ranging sources: relaxation, vocal, physical and sensory techniques, emotional connectivity, text analysis, auditioning, monologue and scene study for theatre and film.
In all of Miriam’s classes, special attention is paid to techniques for on-camera acting. Cold reads, monologues and scenes are filmed on HD video cameras. Students must supply their own disks and take it home at the end of the session.
Actors have found that studying with Miriam over a year or two builds their technique and forces them to take risks more effectively than going from teacher to teacher. Because of the depth of training offered, working with Miriam leads towards a highly skilled and intuitive acting style in theatre, television, and film. Actors need to gain the freedom, the information, and the knowledge to explore the many choices available to them in order to become better actors as a result. All of Miriam’s acting classes are held in her downtown studio in Toronto.