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This program is not offered for the 2024/2025 academic cycle. Applicants may wish to consider our Acting for Stage and Screen diploma program.

Acting for Film and Television

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Program Code: 10351
Credential: Diploma
Start Dates: N/A
Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Acting for Film and Television diploma program covers the full spectrum of training needed to succeed as a screen actor: acting, voice, movement, improvisation, screenwriting and script analysis. You’ll learn what it takes to express yourself through the art and craft of screen acting, gain on-camera confidence, and learn how to shine at auditions. When you graduate, you’ll have a solid understanding of the craft and industry – its history, protocols and professional standards.

Our program has one of the most comprehensive curricula in Canada and is taught by respected professional actors. Workshop simulations, screen demos, voice-over demos and our spring motion picture showcase provide you with unequalled opportunities to experience the world of screen acting. You will review and discuss your work with some of the acting world’s most recognizable faces, as well as with key industry personnel.

The Humber Advantage

Students go on a number of field trips during their time in the program to experience many different studio environments and work with highly specialized technologies. Students also work with professional voice actors in a recording studio to produce a demo reel of audio work.

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We stopped by the premiere of After Lola to talk to graduates of the Acting for Film and Television program who starred in the film.

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Humber's Acting for Film & Television program has a regular lineup of incredible guest speakers, including actors, directors, and casting directors. Below are a just a few of our recent guest speakers.

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JC McKenzie

J.C. MacKenzie is a Canadian actor. He plays Skip Fontaine in the hit HBO series Vinyl and is known for his role as Arnold Spivak in ABC's Murder One, Reagan "Normal" Ronald in Fox's Dark Angel, and Ludlow in the film The Aviator.

See all his credits on his IMDB page.

Clarke Johnson

Clarke Johnson

Clarke Johnson is an American actor and director who has worked in both television and film. He is best known for Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), S.W.A.T. (2003) and The Sentinel (2006). 

See all his credits on his IMDB pagePhoto credit: Petr Novák, Wikipedia

Gordon Pinsent

Gordon Pinsent 

Gordon Pinsent is a Canadian actor, screenwriter, director and playwright. He is known for his roles in Away from Her, The Rowdyman, John and the Missus, A Gift to Last, Due South, The Red Green Show and Quentin Durgens, M.P.

See all his credits on his IMDB pagePhoto credit: christopherharte, Wikimedia

Larissa Mair

Larissa Mair

Larissa Mair has been involved in the arts for over 20 years. Larissa began as a casting assistant and associate, working her way up through the business until 2010, when she opened her own casting company; Larissa Mair Casting & Associates.

See all her credits on her IMDB page.

Don McBrearty

Don McBrearty

Don McBrearty is a Canadian film director. In 2003 he directed the made-for-television drama Sex and the Single Mom. He is known for his work on The Arrow (1997), The Interrogation of Michael Crowe (2002), Terry (2005), and Chasing Freedom (2004).

See all his credits on his IMDB page.

Viv Moore

Faculty Spotlight: Viv Moore

"I teach what I practice in my process work and my choreography."

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Maria Ricossa

Faculty Spotlight: Maria Ricossa

"I've always enjoyed the investigation of human behavior: why people do what they do, their struggles their wants and needs. I look for this when I’m photographing in the street, and this is also the core of what acting is."

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Alex Bird

Alex Bird

"I’ll always be indebted to the faculty and to John Bourgeois... when someone believes in you, it means the world. You never forget that."

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Alino Giraldi

Alino Giraldi

"It's amazing to see how much story can be told just with breathing and your eyes."

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Allison Dawn Doiron

Allison Dawn Doiron

"I really enjoyed my time at Humber. I found the teachers to be professional and very helpful."

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Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson

"Nothing is more valuable than good training and your network of people."

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Brock Morgan

Brock Morgan

"This program prepared me for the reality of working as a film and television Actor."

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Carlos Felipe Martinez

Carlos Felipe Martinez

"I can say that our faculty’s strong emphasis on being professional, doing our homework (character work) and being prepared for the shoot has proven to be fundamental." 

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Charlotte Hegele

Charlotte Hegele

"There is a good reason Humber's AFTV program attracts the highest quality instructors."

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Danielle Watling

Danielle Watling

"The Acting for Film and Television program at Humber is the best experience a young actor looking for training could have."

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Dwain Murphy

Dwain Murphy

"The teachers at Humber were wonderful with their ability to shape and mould young up-and-coming actors such as myself. They gave us the best tools for making a splash in the acting world."

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Evan Marsh

Evan Marsh

"My time at Humber was priceless. The AFTV program was so full of different teaching techniques that I couldn't possibly list all the ways it prepared me for this industry."

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Farid Yazdani

Farid Yazdani

"I’m proud of booking a role that would normally be cast as a Caucasian. Major props to Suits for being inclusive."

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Hannah Hogan

Hannah Hogan

"At Humber, I learned that the best way to succeed in acting is to reach out to the peers and colleagues in your community for help and support. It’s something I continue to do today."

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Hubert Tran

Hubert Tran

"I would recommend this program for any aspiring actor..."

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Lovell Adams-Gray

Lovell Adams-Gray

"Nothing is more valuable than good training and your network of people."

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Michelle McLeod

Michelle McLeod

"Humber Acting for Film and Television provides a great tool kit to those who are passionate about acting." 

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Richard Young

Richard Young

Richard Young is a South Asian-Canadian actor/screenwriter. His screen acting credits include Taken (NBC), Jett (Cinemax), Endlings (Hulu-CBC), Kim's Convenience (CBC), Incorporated (SyFy) and The Strain (FX).

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Sara La Selva

Sara La Selva

"Community is unbelievably important to me both in my artistic practice and my experience as a person in the world." 

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Sara La Selva

Sid Sawant

"When you come to the conclusion that the only thing you can do is make movies, buckle up, because it’s one heck of ride."

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Tiffany Davidson 

“I didn’t even apply for the audition – honestly, I didn’t even know they were looking for that role!”

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And they all just happen to feature Humber grads

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Alessia Miscio

Alessia Miscio

Alessia graduated from Humber College in 2021. She sings soprano and alto and is a self taught Ukulele player.

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Yuliia Radchuk

Yuliia graduated from Humber College in 2021. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian, and plays the piano and bandura.

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Emily Murray

Emily Murray

Emily graduated from Humber College in 2021. She is fluent in French and skilled dancer.

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Fabiana Mena

Fabiana graduated from Humber College in 2021. She is fluent in Spanish and skilled in stage combat.

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Gabriel Doctor

Gabriel graduated from Humber College in 2021. He is a skilled athlete in hockey, basketball, baseball, and golf.

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David Teoh

David Teoh

David graduated from Humber College in 2021 and is skilled in stunt work, martial arts and stage combat.

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Madison Holder 

Madison graduated from Humber College in 2021. She is an award winning Mezzo Soprano singer and has experience working with seniors and children.

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Estiven Olaya-Pachon

Estiven Olaya-Pachon

Estiven graduated from Humber College in 2021 and is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Frankie Pringle 

Frankie graduated from Humber College in 2021. She is skilled in makeup and SFX.

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Ana Da Costa

Ana Da Costa

Ana graduated from Humber College in 2021. She is fluent in Portuguese and has a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo.

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Matthew Francis

Matthew graduated from Humber College in 2021. He is a skilled voice actor and is a Bass/Tenor singer.

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Paloma Bertossi 

Paloma graduated from Humber College in 2021 and is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and conversational in Italian and German.

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Shivika Sharma

Shivika graduated from Humber College in 2021 and is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi. 

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Stephanie McKibbon 

Stephanie graduated from Humber College in 2021 and is skilled in swimming, skating and gymnastics. 

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Timothy Van Le  

Timothy graduated from Humber College in 2021 and is skilled in improv and stage combat.

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William A. Longley 

William graduated from Humber College in 2021. He is a skilled juggler, balloonist and is trained in combat.

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Taylor Gignac 

Taylor graduated from Humber College in 2021. He is CPR certified and can speak in British and Southern American Dialect.

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Expert Faculty

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John Bourgeois

In a career spanning more than thirty years, John has been a busy screen and stage actor. He has appeared in leading roles on Toronto’s mainstages, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Off-Broadway as well as at numerous North American regional theatres such as Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre. He has had a long standing artistic relationship with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. In 2018, he won the Best Actor award there for his performance as Eric in Stephen Karam’s The Humans, a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer prize and winner of a Tony for best new play. As a teacher, he has taught and directed students at several colleges and universities across Canada and since 2005, has been the director of Humber College’s screen acting program. In 2016, Humber recognised him with the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

On screen, he is much in demand as a character actor. He has been a series regular (KUNG FU, THE CITY, LITTLE MEN, CARTER) and has acted with a compendium of notable film and stage actors. His imdb page lists more than one hundred and twenty screen appearances. Highlights include the Peabody award-winning film, “THE INTERROGATION OF MICHAEL CROWE” as well as the Genie award winner for the indie film “THE DANE”. Recent appearances include FX’s Mrs. America, and the upcoming Netflix series Jupiters’ Legacy. This fall, he will appear as CIA Director John Brennan in the CBS mini-series The Green Room opposite Jeff Daniels. Raised bilingual in Montreal, John has also acted in french on stage and in the hit Quebec series “L”OR”. In addition, he has performed in several international commercials, radio dramas and appeared in the comedy digital series SAVE ME for CBC Gem.

In 1998, John produced and directed the short feature film Jimmy Pacheco which received nominations for Best Comedy at the Yorktown and Mill Valley Film Festivals. He wrote and performed the one man drama Tansey’s Brag ( subsequently taped for Bravo television and CBC radio) as well as Walking on Crimson, a play inspired in part by Romeo Dallaire’s UN Command in Rwanda which he performed in the Toronto Fringe Festival. He has produced several showcase films with graduates of the program, most notably the feature length ""After Lola"" with the Class of 2013.

Trained for the stage at Concordia University (BA English & Theatre) and The Webber-Douglas Academy in London, he also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

In his spare time, he plays tennis, cycles and travels. He is married to the actor, Maria Ricossa with whom he raised three wonderful daughters.

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Peter Conrad

Peter is a writer, filmmaker and educator based in Toronto.

His documentary On the Road to Virtue chronicles the relationship between a Canadian social justice advocate and refugees from the 1980s civil war in El Salvador. It was recently added to the permanent collection of the Museum of the Word and Image in San Salvador. Earlier documentaries include Guarding A Musical Treasure, a journey into the world of Baroque culture in Bolivia, as well as the science docs The Challenge of Quantum Reality and The Mystery of Dark Matter for Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He also produced, shot, and edited English for Yu, a 1994 Hot Docs finalist, which followed three women who fled the Bosnian civil war for new lives in Canada. Previous scripted projects include the comedic short Dear Bear and the irreverent web series Turning Intern.

Peter was also a visual effects designer on several successful multimedia musical revues for Drayton Entertainment including Twist & Shout: Music of the British Invasion, Legends: A Salute to Musical Pioneers, You’ll Get Used to It: The War Show! and Canadian Legends.

Peter is also the author of the 1987 historical monograph Caring On The Grand: A History of the Freeport Hospital, and the memoir essay “Terrazzo,” published in the 2004 American anthology Walking Higher: Gay Men Write About The Deaths of Their Mothers.

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Mike Kirby

Mike Kirby has won 12 CLIO Awards for advertising excellence in his 35-year career as an actor, narrator, broadcaster, author and world trekker.

Theatrically, Mike has appeared in principal roles off-Broadway in Oliver Hailey’s Red Rover, Red Rover, in Toronto Free Theatre’s production of Sharon Pollack’s Doc, Theater Calgary’s Walsh, K2 and Beauty and the BeastA Streetcar Named Desire and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid in regional theatres across Canada and the US, and the National Art Center’s production of You Can’t Take It With You.

Mike’s title roles in major motion pictures include The Silent Partner, The Kidnapping of the President, In Praise of Older Women, John Boorman's Where the Heart Is, and the classic Meatballs, directed by Ivan Reitman.

Voice over credits include the network voice of HGTV, and the station voice of Newstalk Radio 1010 and CJAD in Montreal.

Commercial clients include the Toronto Blue Jays, Stratford Festival, Ontario Tourism, West Side Story, and Broadway’s Kiss of the Spiderwoman. His movie trailers include James Bond, Scream 2, Good Will Hunting, Trainspotting, Jurassic Park, and Star Trek.

Mike was the host/announcer of the Special Olympics World Winter Games at Skydome in Toronto and is narrator of the ten-part documentary series Brazil Untamed for the Love Nature Channel. Other clients include the award-winning CBC documentary series Witness, The Aztec Empire for PBS, and History of the Crusades.

Michael David Kirby has narrated seven audiobooks for Audible including Jane Urquhart’s The Underpainter, Daniel Coleman’s Yardworks, Michael Quetting’s Papa Goose, and the anthology Toronto Noir.

As a hiker, Mike has guided trekkers to the Everest Base Camp and has hiked the Camino Di Santiago Campostella in its entirety. He is the bestselling author of two Hiker Mike books and has penned two definitive how-to books on the commercial voice-over industry, The Announcer’s Voice-Over Workbook and The Message. He teaches voice performance through his company Voiceworx.com and at Humber College in Toronto.

Mike earned an Honours BA with a double major in drama and the Renaissance from Victoria College at the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York City where he studied personally with Sanford Meisner for two humility-filled years.

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Viv Moore

Viv Moore was born in England and has worked collaboratively and solo as a dancer, actor, choreographer and teacher for 40 years, in dance, theatre, film and video in Sweden, Australia, England and Canada. She has trained in ballet since the age of four, then later in social dance, jazz, national dance and modern at Chelsea College of P.E., Eastbourne. Extensive travel was then mixed with further training in Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver, performing with the Alberta vaudeville group Roaring Twenties (1974-78).

Viv co-founded Remote Control with Dave Wilson in 1979 (Vancouver) and participated in the inaugural fFIDA in 1991 (Toronto). She has co-written several publications, presented at international conferences and has worked with community dance in London, England and Canada (RNIB, CNIB, deaf and partial hearing, multi-abilities and psychiatric survivors).

Viv has taught at McMaster and Ryerson Universities, Seneca, George Brown and Sheridan Colleges. She has been teaching at Humber since 1985 (Theatre Arts - Performance and Acting for Film & Television), where she choreographed main stage productions and directed Decadance, dance company within the Theatre Department. Viv was co-choreographer to the Humber contingent of theatre students who represented Ontario at Expo 86 in Vancouver.

Viv received a Harold (1998) and was national-co-ordinator of Fight Directors, Canada (Advanced Combatant). She has a BFA (Dean’s Honours List) and an MA in dance from York University.

Selected credits: Viv has been an actor and company member of Theatre Rusticle (The Stronger, Birnam Wood, Peter & The Wolf, Our Town); and movement coach and choreographer for Theatre Direct (Dora-ominated Sanctuary Song) and on plays and films, including Hedda Gabler (Dir. Judith Thompson, Shaw Festival), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Dir. Kate Lynch, Theatre Passe Muraille), La Danza (Quartetto Gelato), Emily's Piano, the Dora-nominated Between the Stairs, and  Antigone (YPT). Viv has created work with EFDSS (English Folk Dance & Song Society) in England.

Dance films include Waking the Witch, Ohm, tra la la. She has danced in Denise Fujiwara’s Conference of the Birds and with Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre.

Some of Viv’s own dance theatre works include Bogie Woman (1999 Paula Citron fFIDA Award), Body Geometry-Seventh Angel (2002 Dora nomination), On Tenterhooks (Nuit Blanche-Distillery) and her solo show, Worcestershire Saucy, which she choreographed, produced and performed at Factory Theatre.

In 2012 Viv received a Chalmer's Fellowship of the Arts to further her studies in English step dance, weaponry and butoh. In 2014 she was artistic director and curator of the inaugural Body Percussion Festival and she has been curator and macro choreographer for 60x60.

She continues to study butoh, dance improvisation and physical theatre. Viv has recently acted in the films The Witch (Sundance 2015), God & Doubting Women and had a recurring acting role with stunts in the TV series Damien (A&E March 2016). She was featured as CADA’s (Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists) member of the month in October 2016. 

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Maria Ricossa

Maria has worked in film, television, radio and theatre in both the US and Canada for over 30 years. She has been a series lead, guest star and recurring character on numerous TV series including Clarice, Ransom, The Strain, Flashpoint, The Good Witch, Omni’s Blood and Water, and CTV’s Designated Survivor. Leading roles in feature films include The Inlaws, Some Things That Stay and The Space Between.

Maria’s work in theatre includes leading roles at the Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, Necessary Angel, Nightwood Theatre, The Manitoba Theatre Center, The Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Theatre 180. She was also a member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival playing leading roles in King Lear, Love Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure and Hamlet. Maria recently received the Independent Leader Award from the Vaughan Film Festival.

Maria has taught at University of Toronto, George Brown Theatre School and has been the on-set coach for the Netflix series Shadowhunters and Tiny Pretty Things. She also coaches actors privately for theatre, film and TV.

Your Career

In addition to traditional stage, film and television opportunities, graduates of the program are ready to work in a wide range of multimedia including webisodes, virtual reality and gaming videos, as well as voice overs for cartoons, commercials, narration and audio dialogue replacement (dubbing).

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)

The program is recognized by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). Graduates of this program qualify to apply for ACTRA Apprentice membership within sixty (60) days of their graduation.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

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