Oct 13, 2022

By Christine Ross

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An acting school geared to older adults with the goal of redefining healthy aging and lifelong learning is back to in-person classes. It’s lights, camera, action for the 50 plus-set at a course offered at Toronto’s Metropolitan University.

Always wanted to perform on stage, write a play, or learn more about the art of theatre? Toronto’s Chang School of continuing education’s act II Studio program has you covered.

“Our goal is to awaken creativity in the 50-plus and to reignite the joy of learning that has not been present in a while,” says Clara McBride, the studio’s Theatre Arts Coordinator. “Some members have been with us for 15 to 20 years who are in their 70’s and even early 80’s, we have groups of students in their 60’s and even younger but there’s a whole range which makes for a rich intergenerational group.

New instructor George F. Walker is a familiar face to many. He’s had a 50 year career in acting, theatre, TV, direction. He’s going into his new role with an open mind.

“I want them to ask me a lot of questions, and I’ll answer them as honestly as I can,” says Walker. “I believe that a lot of actors want to act, but they may also like to write or direct so instead of forcing something on them, I’m just there to respond to what their needs are.”

For more information on the program, visit Act II Studio Chang School of Continuing Education

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