What is The Actors' Room

The Actors’ Room ~ Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The Actors’ Room is exactly that, a physical space and safe environment for the actor to ‘work out’, to practice, to refine, strengthen, and stretch their craft.

Referencing the teachings of Uta Hagen, Sandford Meisner and Carol Rosenfeld the actors are supported as they lift the text off the page and go beyond the obvious, offering something fresh, revealing and above all three dimensional.

To achieve this you must delve beneath the surface, and work out what is driving your character in a scene. Why are you saying and doing what the text says you are saying and doing.

Coaching you in this Room is the job of John MacLaren. He began his career in 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia studying at the now prominent Capilano University and the William Davis Centre. He became an integral part of the theatre and film community of Vancouver, working in dramatic TV series, feature films as well as national Canadian and American commercials while also acting and directing for stage. In the mid 90’s he was hired as the Associate Artistic Director of The Vancouver Playhouse (the ‘A’ theatre for British Columbia). He has twice been a member of the Hagen Teacher’s Lab at HB Studios in NYC and has worked closely with Carol Rosenfeld, past Director of the Hagen Institute, both as student and later as her assistant during her Master Workshops in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. John is a guest instructor at the Southern Institute of Technology Film Production Department in New Zealand.

John was the lead actor in the Canadian film STROKE selected for the Un Certain Regard portion of the Festival de Cannes and has appeared in a number of award winning films, most recently as Judge Roland Tate in CAPOTE IMDB Profile