The Creative Studio Lab

Professional Training

The Creative Studio is an arts lab that supports the development of diverse emerging artists. We believe that artists need to explore, communicate, think critically and collaborate, while developing their own creativity. At the Creative Studio, emerging artists are empowered with the skills and tools they need to tell their own stories through what ever art form they use. We extend the boundaries of performance and creation in a process driven lab, through discovery and exploration using innovative techniques. We are in the business or creating future creators – all are welcome here!

The Creative Studio Lab is a Kick Start Arts Project. At Kick Start Arts our mission is to use the arts to empower students, youth and adults to express themselves through the creative process, and in so doing engage diverse communities in thought and collaboration. We utilize a co-creation process between professional artists, and participants, combining their experiences and perspectives with our expertise in the art form. We are a registered not-for-profit organization.

Online Sessions
with our Master Teachers


Monologue Master Class – Instructor: Edward Daranyi

Working with Master Director and Acting Coach Edward Daranyi work through the step-by-step process of choosing monologues that are right for you, deconstructing the text, creating simple blocking, exploring the difference between stage and film monologues, and ongoing practice with expert feedback. Whether you want to keep sharp, hone your skill, or challenge yourself, this supportive, fun and creative environment is one you shouldn’t miss.
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm EST
Dates: May 4 – June 8 (no class May 18).
Where: Zoom
Max Capacity: 12 people
Age: All Ages (minimum 16)
Cost: $200 (plus HST)

Send us an email to ask about new sessions.

Visual Art

Altered Books – Instructor: Jess De Vittoris

This is an intensely creative and flexible artistic practice which allows people at all artistic levels to experience success. Each session will walk you through a hands-on exploration of creative, playful visual arts techniques, aimed at exploring the theme you have chosen.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3pm-4:15pm EST
Dates: May 5 – June 4.
Where: Zoom
Max Capacity: 12 people
Age: All Ages (minimum 16)
Cost: $200 (plus HST)

Please register right away to guarantee your spot.

Send us an email to ask about new sessions.


Writing in the Time of Quarantine – Instructor: Paula Wing

Looking for ways to jump start your writing? This class will coax your inner creator to life. Through guided creative exercises, discussion and sharing work, writers new and old will stretch their writing muscles and generate new work in a fun and supportive virtual environment. Paula Wing – accomplished writer and Master Teacher is not to be missed.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays 2pm-3:15pm EST
Dates: May 4 – June 8 (no class May 18)
Where: Zoom
Max Capacity: 12 people
Age: All ages (minimum 16)
Cost: $200 (plus HST)

Send us an email to ask about new sessions.

Audition Prep – Directors Available: Thomas Olajide · Sheena Robertson


All ages
Work with a director on audition preparation for theatre, television and film roles.
Fee: $70/session

One hour blocks, booked through email to

Face To Face Courses

We are eager to return to collaborating face-to-face, as soon as we can! When we can safely do so, we will. Stay tuned – we have exciting plans brewing!

Introduction to Acting – Instructor: Edward Daranyi

Recommended Ages: 12-16
Thursdays 4-5:15pm

This beginner level class will introduce participants to the basics of character creation through the use of theatre games and exercises, improvisation, movement and text analysis. This course aims to introduce participants to the principles of theatre and film performance, and industry expectations. You will have fun and will learn how to challenge yourself, in a safe space where taking risks is the key.

A public sharing of work will happen at the end of the course.

Send us an email to express your interest.

Advanced Acting – Instructor: Edward Daranyi

Ages: Adult (17+)
Thursdays 5:15-6:30pm

This advanced acting course is specifically designed to combine collective knowledge about the art of acting, and raise the level of each participant’s competency in the art form. Through the use of rehearsal exercises and practical workshops in voice, movement, character study, and immediacy, each participant will learn the skills that will enable them to create realistic three dimensional characters for the stage and screen. This course will be demanding; as are the demands of the industry, you will not only learn the techniques, but also how to apply them to any piece of text you come across – giving you every opportunity to thrive in this industry.

A public sharing of work will happen at the end of the course.

Send us an email to express your interest.

Course Details


  • Course Fee: $475
  • Registration: $25
  • Production: $100
  • TOTAL: $600 + HST

5% Sibling discount offered


Rosedale United Church
Clark Hall, 2nd Floor
159 Roxborough Drive, Toronto, ON M4W 1X7
Side entrance