Julian is a veteran teacher of improv at Hart House. He learned from the Canadian Improv Games, the Impatient Theatre Company, Second City and various teachers and schools in the States including the Improv Olympic and the Upright Citizens Brigade. He performs sketch and improv regularly with his nationally critically acclaimed group Sex T Rex. Most recently he directs and experiments with partially improvised web series, including Wheelhouse produced by Weekenders’ Presents. His goal is to understand good improvisation and make the skills accessible and useable for everyone.
Julian teaches Improv: Introduction to 5 Skills, Improv Level 2: Long Form Games and Structure and Improv for Play and Stress Release
“[I developed] a greater ability to listen and honour other people in what they do. A greater freedom in playing, experimenting, and listening with trust.”
“I’m confident in different areas of my life and learned more about the importance of humour and fun.”
“I have learned so much about my personal self and personal creativity.”
One of the most sought after acting instructors in Toronto, Kevin has worked with thousands of artists over the years and is currently the director of the acclaimed Equity Showcase Theatre, and is the founding artistic director of the Creative Classes at Hart House. Kevin also teaches regularly for Equity Showcase Theatre, The Actors Tutorial and co-ordinates and teaches within a unique arts program at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. Other teaching highlights include York University, The Ryerson Theatre School, The Canadian College of Dance, The National Ballet of Canada, Young Peoples Theatre, The George Randolph Studio Dance Theatre, Leah Posluns Theatre School and The University of New Brunswick.
Kevin has produced and directed a variety of productions and has held the position of Artistic Director for two Ontario Summer Theatres. He is a founding member of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios where he has also served as president.
Kevin teaches Art of Acting: Finding Personal Liberation & Authenticity; In Search of the Actor Within; The Organics of Acting for the Camera: An Introduction and Freedom from Self-Consciousness
“As I looked back on 2014, your acting class was one of the best things I did for myself, personally and professionally. I find myself referring back to my notes again and again, reminders and tools for being more self-aware and thoughtful, connecting with more of my real self. Ironic how learning to be natural and more of myself came through acting, I would never have thought it.”
“I’ve already started to consciously employ my awareness of my goals, into the words I choose, or how I transition. I’ve been learning how to better be true to each moment – ranging from causal interactions to academic and work-related situations.”
“I took The Organics of Acting for the Camera: An Introduction class at Hart House over the Summer. I just wanted to thank you for the advice and experience I gained from you! This class helped me to recognize what type of actor I am, what types of roles I could see myself playing, and allowed me to accept and acknowledge my passion for acting. Since then I have been cast as a lead in a web series, titled The March Family Letters! In addition, this course has given me more confidence to audition for other projects and continue my training.”
A writer, director, and stage/screen/voice actor, Allan is one of the more sought after and respected clowns working in Toronto today. He studied improv at The Second City, bouffon and the Pochinko method of clown through mask with The Theatre Resource Centre’s Sue Morrison, and has an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University. He is a Theatresports and Bad Dog Theatre Company alumnus and continues to be a fixture in the Toronto comedy scene.
For the past 13 years, Allan has acted as the fan-favourite zombie clown, Jean-Paul Mullet. Mullet regularly performs in the Toronto Festival of Clowns and Lunacy Cabaret, and recently headlined at The People’s Improv Theatre in NYC to a packed house. Television credits include Zoink’d (YTV), Ed the Sock’s This Movie Sucks (CHCH), and Ed & Red’s Night Party (CityTV/G4), where he was a regular guest star. The tragicomedy Mullet’s Make-a-Play premiered in the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival to rave reviews. Currently, he produces and hosts the hit Mullet’s Night Show, a live cabaret done in the style of a late night television talk show. Follow Mullet online at www.memullet.com
Allan teaches Clown: An Introduction
“Listening and curiosity: life.”
“Failure can sometimes be more enjoyable than success as there’s often more to discover in it.”
“You learn with fun. I never felt like I wasn’t doing well. These classes were a warm place to come and work.”
“It taught me how to be absolutely present and boosted my confidence.”