acting coach

John Beale is a teacher and award-winning actor based in Toronto. He is a graduate of the Philippe Gaulier International Theatre School in Paris. He has trained, performed and taught extensively as a company member at the internationally acclaimed Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.
As part of the faculty at Seneca at York University, Humber College, and Randolph College for the Performing Arts he teaches acting, scene study, improv and clown. He is a master clown teacher and has been holding publicly offered performance workshops and coaching actors since 2005.



with John Beale

Clown Fundamentals

Sundays 5-8

10 sessions

March 1st to May 3rd to be continued as soon as possible. Stay tuned.

Cost $600 plus HST

20% discount for returning students and union members

Payment plans and starving artist discounts available

Presence Workshop Stratford - Outdoors!

September 5th and 6th, 2020

9-11:30 each morning

Cost: $150 + HST

(50% pandemic discount)
Pre-registration and payment is required as space will be limited to 14 people.





Drop-ins continue year round every Tuesday 7:00-9:00 hosted by John Beale and special guests. Open to all levels. Participate or just watch. Message ahead to let us know you’re coming. Stick around afterward for our open mic 4 clowns 9-10! 

WHEN: Tuesdays 7:00-9:00

WHERE: Sweet Action Theatre, 180 Shaw St (Artscape Youngplace).

COST: $10/session

For anyone who has gone through any clown training this is a way to continue the practice on a weekly basis and a means to develop your clown/audience relationship. All levels are welcome.



 This work helps us get unstuck. It teaches us to listen, to re-discover play, not to push too much or shy away but to let go and be attuned to the moment - to find our open, sensitive, vulnerable, human and ridiculous quality. For performers and non-performers. 

"With this work people have to find a way of being beautiful and surprising...and by beautiful I mean being in the grip of pleasure or freedom.”

Philippe Gaulier

We are more interesting than we think. We tend to present a polished veneer or a character we think people would like to see -both do us a disservice. With this training we learn about our deeply human and ridiculously funny side. Our idiot twin. The belly laugh from the audience is about the witnessing of something true and human and irresistible. Clear the debris. Step out of your cocoon and discover your beautiful ridiculousness.


"Dear John, When you did study in my school in Paris I did recognize you as a great actor. When I saw your show I recognized a great writer, poet and actor. But I knew it already. Thanks for your show, your friend, Philippe Gaulier”

Past Participants:

"Your workshop knocked a lot of stuff loose for me in a good way. Very grateful."

"John's workshop and his delivery were brilliant. Being able to play spontaneously allowed me to be at my best creatively. It gave me the opportunity to be "present", feel, let my ego go and unearth some amazing ideas."

"John Beale is a skilled and engaging facilitator. His workshop gave me new confidence in myself. I was brought back to life and discovered a more creative me. I laughed often and harder than I have in a long time. It was a very rewarding experience.”

“Seemed as if whatever plug had fallen out inside my soul was reconnected.”

“Thanks for guiding me through one of the most terrifying and exhilarating moments in my adult life. I very much appreciated your guidance during the last two days, and have certainly found some new perspectives that I would want to pursue further.”

”Thanks a bunch for your stellar workshop. I kind of feel like if I had come to a zen meditation workshop I wouldn't have made nearly the progress towards accepting the present moment as I did with you and the crew. I think i might have a closer understanding of what the Taoist mean by "non-doing" now. Thanks!

“What a stupendous weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed the work, managing to stay pretty loose (vulnerable) as we leapt from one challenging task to another. I do feel I made some real headway in discovering "who I am" i.e. my essence. I surprised myself! Again, thank you for a most exhilarating experience.



please send request via email

John helps you do what is needed most - the acting techniques and tricks to solve problems. Alternative approaches to the material are developed should you be asked in the audition to deliver the work differently.

Actors on stage

"Dear John, When you did study in my school in Paris I did recognize you as a great actor. When I saw your show I recognized a great writer, poet and actor. But I knew it already. Thanks for your show,

Philippe Gaulier



145 Caledonia Street, Stratford, ON, N5A 5W7


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