STEFANO DiMATTEO - Creative Director/ Acting Coach
Originally from Toronto Ontario, began acting in Vancouver, where he studied his craft at the Lyric School for Acting while pursuing his career full time. Stefano’s first love is the stage but spends his time primarily working in Film & TV. Some of his credits include, lead + guest starring roles in ALPHAS, NIKITA, THE FIRM, FLASHPOINT, THE BOONDOCK SAINT II: ALL SAINTS DAY, THE CUTTING EDGE 3, THE LIZZIE McGUIRE MOVIE, LOST GIRL, STAR-GATE ATLANTIS and many more. He was also seen in the award winning T.V. mini-series, ACROSS THE RIVER TO MOTOR CITY, not to mention a co-starring role in George A. Romero’s most recent addition to the DEAD series SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD.
In 2008 Stefano directed/wrote and co-produced his first short film entitled: “Communication Breakdown”. A romantic comedy about the trials and tribulations of dating in the 21st century, which had its world premiere at the Canadian Film Festival, followed by a screening at the prestigious Maui Film Festival and eventually winning him a Best Short Film award at the MIFF Film Festival.
Stefano has been working with actors as a private coach for the last 12 years and is excited and eager to bring the wealth of his years of experience and knowledge to The Actors Room in Vaughan – with the hope of inspiring his students to find not only their own voice but also their own path. “Acting is not a destination, but a continuous process to discover more not only about ourselves but the world around us. It opens our eyes to doors previously closed to sight.”
Venice Film Festival
Boondocks Saints 2
MIKAYLA TODISH - Acting Coach
Mikayla was and always will be a theatre rat! She performed in many school and community theatre shows growing up and she continues to immerse herself in the world of performance.
Mikayla has gone on to study Improv and Clown at The Second City in Toronto and has performed with many improv troupes across the city. She has also developed her skill as a teacher through her Yoga Teacher Training certification. This certification allows Mikayla to teach her students mindfulness as well as play. Mikayla has a love for teaching and she is so grateful to be able to join The Actor’s Room team.
SAMANTHA CAMPBELL - Acting Coach
Samantha works on and off-screen, taking shifts as an Actor or as a Writer/Producer. She recently graduated from the film program at Toronto Metropolitan University. Her competitive background in figure skating during her youth, instilled in her the values of discipline and hard work; understanding they go hand in hand with success in the Film and TV industry. She was a student of The Actors Room a decade ago and is happy to be back in class.
RENISHA HENRY - Acting Coach
Renisha Henry is a first-generation Canadian actress hailing from Brampton Ontario. After graduating George Brown's Theatre and Performing Arts program back in 2020, Renisha has spent the past few years improving her artistry to help better her performance. With a discipline in acting, singing, and dance, Renisha has dubbed herself the Non-threatening Triple-threat of the GTA.
KIMIA KARACHI - Acting Coach
Kimia Karachi is an Iranian-Canadian actor, dancer and choreographer based in Toronto.
Kimia is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Theatre, Performance and Drama Studies program, and has worked closely as Production Coordinator and Artistic Director for Hart House Theatre’s Festival of Dance and student-led Drama Festivals.
With 20 years of dance experience, Kimia’s work as an actor focuses on using movement and physical performance techniques. Kimia is thankful to be a part of the team at The Actors Room, and to teach the next generation of actors!
LANDY CANNON - Acting Coach - (Adults)
Landy Cannon brings with him over 30 years of active film and tv experience. In his on-camera class, you'll learn what's needed on screen from his broad-reaching knowledge, experience, and relationships with key industry insiders. Learn to become the character as you're guided into deeper performances each week by one of the kindest and most generous souls around.
CHRISTY DAVIS - Creative Assistant
Christy Davis is a wizard of organization and artistry all bundled up into one. Part strategist, part administrator and part performer. Her passions range from the performing arts, to working with children, to administration and communications, to fiction writing and editing, all the way to financial management.
She is absolutely enthralled to be a part of The Actors Room, both as a student and as a team member. She is thrilled to be able to contribute her talent to its growth and to seeing young people get inspired and equipped to pursue their own dreams.
Robert Mauriel - Studio Photographer
Rob has been a friend of The Actors Room for years and his skills as a headshot photographer rival the best. Rob's experience as an actor and a long-time photographer have given him a keen eye for lighting and composition, and for bringing out fantastically dynamic results from each client. Not to mention his friendly personality puts anyone at ease.
*Rob we be offering a special rate exclusive to The Actors Room and its clients, for Headshot photography. Book Now: Avail space - See link below - for those looking to take the next step in their professional development as an actor, take advantage of this opportunity.
Cost: $350 - 2 hr session - Unlimited looks, 3 edited photos - Any number of remaining images can be purchased