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"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 theatre artist 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 actress 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."

- Jessica Bleuer (M.A., M.Ed., CCC, Registered Drama Therapist & Psychotherapist)

"I learned to fool around, show my creative side and not be serious at all times. I enjoyed the collective creation & improv. We laughed a lot." 

-K.B (Student, 15 years old)

"I learned how to imagine living life as a different person". 

-F.S. (Student, 13 years old)

"This was my first time trying drama. I started out as a shy actress and finished as a confident actress. I learned to be confident in myself and give as many ideas as I can."

-P.A (Student, 12 years old) ​

​​​ Julia Ainsworth

Coaching a young actor in the 2016 Open Studio. Photo by Kinga Michalska.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

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Professional training for children and teens to develop creativity, self expression and skills in performing arts.

​Des cours de théâtre en anglais...un excellent moyen pour vos enfants d’apprendre à s’exprimer dans cette langue avec aisance et fluidité dans un contexte vivant et créatif!

*roleplaying* character creation  *improvisation *movement (mime, tableau, mask) * vocal expression *playmaking * scene study * acting technique* stagecraft * ensemble work  *storytelling


​-​Professional level instruction
-Small group size (12 students maximum)

-Original creation

​-Open studio in the fall for invited audience
-Final production in the spring performed  for  a public audience  (*this year at the
Centaur Theatre, Montreal's premiere Anglophone Theatre Venue as part of the Saturday Morning Children's Series Program)

Transferable skills:

​-Self confidence and self expression


​-Focus and concentration



-Collaboration and teamwork


*2017-2018 session runs September -May
Children ages 8-12 

Saturdays 10 am-12 noon 

​Fall session runs September 16th, 2017 - December 16thWinter session runs January 13th - May 12th, 2018 

​(*Classes extended by 30 minutes for winter session)

Studios Accento 6889 Blvd St. Laurent (2nd floor)

Metro Beaubien or De Castelnau

Tuition fee : $ 1200 for the year

Payable in two equal installments (cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card - online or in person)

*Program currently full. Enrollment for 2018-2019 coming soon! 


Ages: 13-16

April 19 - May 24th, 2018  (6 weeks)

​Thursday evenings 6:30-8:00pm

Tuition fee: $180

Studio location: Studio Equilibre en movement

​1208 ave Van Horne  (metro Outremont)


Ages: 8-12 

July 2nd - 13th, 2018 (10 days) 9am-4 pm 

Fee: $275 per week

Studio location: 1208 ave Van Horne (metro Outremont)

Register now to reserve your place!Contact Julia  to discuss program details.