Professional Development Programs

Supporting artists by providing mentorship and training led by skilled instructors and experienced working professionals.

Professional Development Programs

About The GYM

Theatre Aquarius’ GYM is a program developed for professional performing artists, emerging artists, theatre students, and anyone interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. Our mission is to support artists by providing regular mentorship and training led by skilled instructors and experienced working professionals. Our focus is to provide a creative space that is accessible and affordable to all artists in the community. Past sessions have included: play creation, audition technique, grant writing, self-producing, stage combat, musical theatre, text analysis, acting for the camera and playwriting. For more information please contact Luke Brown –

Acting on Camera for Film and Television

A six week course beginning April 23, 2017

Cost: $280

To Register: please fill out application form (download here) and return along with a recent photo and resume to


Join instructor Juno Rinaldi (CBC’s Workin’ Moms, Degrassi, Arrow, The Killing, Fringe, Supernatural) for a 6 week intensive course on acting for the camera. This will be the first of its kind course being offered right here in Hamilton! NO need to schelp it to Toronto for once!

With limited space, participants will get a rare chance at lots of individualized attention, feedback and support.

Participants will be required to memorize and prepare given sides each week. We will work on sides that are shooting currently in the GTA and get a feel for what you would be going out for!

In addition the intensive will cover:

  •  how to take control of your audition
  •  how to make interesting choices
  •  breaking down the scene
  •  find out what makes you unique
  •  how to prepare your sides
  •  what casting directors look for
  •  defining your process
  •  next steps

Course Dates:

Classes are 1:00 – 4:00 on the following dates

April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 28 & June 4

To Enroll:

please fill out application form (download here) and return along with a recent photo and resume to

Cost: $280

Please make all checks payable to Juno Rinaldi. Payment by E-transfer can be sent to

Professional Development Programs

Playwright’s Unit

The Aquarius Playwright’s Unit was created to foster the development of Hamilton area writers. Meeting several times a month, each writer is required to choose one project that they wish to develop over the course of the year. Members of the Unit are invited to participate in a series of public readings called Script Happens.

The current members of the unit are:

  • Jessica Anderson
  • Peter Gruner
  • Michael Kras
  • Stephen Near
  • Ryan Sero
  • Kevin Somers

While admission to the Playwrights Unit is by invitation only, we welcome contact from interested playwrights and creators –

Professional Development Programs

The Junction

The Junction is a program designed for creator/performers from various forms of performance. Meeting monthly, the goal of the Junction is to provide a creative environment for artists to showcase their work and receive constructive feedback to help move them closer to production.

For more information please email with Junction in the subject line.

Junction Members:

  • Vicktoria Adam
  • Karen Ancheta
  • Laura Ellis
  • Rose Hopkins
  • Esther Huh
  • Rex Emerson Jackson
  • Adam Lemieux
  • Ryan Sero

Program, Artists, Dates and Prices Subject to Change.  All Sales Final.  No Refunds.

Theatre Aquarius is a not-for-profit registered charity dedicated to creating outstanding, accessible, live theatre that entertains, challenges, & educates.