It is my joy and pleasure to share my passion for the craft of performing arts with my students, drawing on my professional experience as a director and playwright. I hold a BFA in theatre from York University and a specialized Bachelor of Education in the Artist in the Community Program from Queens University. My work in theatre and education has taken me across Ontario and Quebec.
I have taught extensively in schools and theatres for over a decade (including the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, the Children's Theatre of Montreal, the EMSB, Riverside School Board, Centennial Academy, Culture in Schools and Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto) and designed arts education curriculum for professional theatres to meet both the QEP and International Baccalaureate. Recently I presented as a guest speaker at Concordia University (Arts Education) and the Artful Inquiry Symposium at McGill University.
My teaching pedagogy is founded in my respect for students as young artists with unique voices, perspectives and abilities. I enjoy engaging students of all levels in the creative process and supporting their expression through performing arts.
Please get in touch to discuss my ongoing classes, individualized instruction and workshops.
Specialized theatre arts workshops:
I'm registered with the "Culture in Schools" program and available for subsidized workshops in public and private schools. For detailed information about bringing a workshop to your school please consult the Repertoire listing or contact me for details.
Audition coaching and private classes:
I offer private instruction to focus on individual development and prepare students for auditions in theatre, film and television as well as professional training programs/CEGEP.
"Julia's dedication and love of the arts was infectious to me. She made me feel like someone with great ideas and the potential to make them a reality. I trusted her as a coach for my audition into the program that I knew would change my life. Julia is a teacher that guides you to make the choices that feel most right and purposeful."
-Anthony Schuller (young professional actor and recent graduate of Dawson's Professional Theatre Program)
- "I have learned to take chances and listen to others with more sympathy. I have been emboldened by my experiences, and have grown socially and verbally."
- Melle Lowenthal (young actor and student of MTL Acting)
"I've worked with Julia for three years as an Arts Educator. I can tell you she is a wonderful teacher - an absolute professional in her field."
- Darlene St. Georges (BA. B.ED, MFA, PhD Candidate. Arts Educator and Professional Visual Artist)
"Julia Ainsworth is an excellent, very well prepared educator. Her manner is always supportive and respectful."
-Jane Gilchrist (Professional Actor and Playwright)
"Julia Ainsworth is an accomplished theatre artist and teacher. She has worked with a variety of children and adolescents including children with behavioural difficulties, low self-esteem and shyness or difficulty interacting with peers. She is an excellent teacher and adapts her classes to her students' needs. I recommend her class without hesitation."