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Welcome to

Straeon Acting Studios

Our Mission

To Empower Storytellers

At Straeon Acting Studios, we believe in the power of storytelling as a fundamental part of the human experience. Stories transform lives, ignite emotions, and create connections that transcend time and space. We are dedicated to helping actors discover their extraordinary selves and harness the transformative potential of their craft.

 

Our talented team of acting coaches, Isabel Lehoux and Jock MacDonald, bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to our studio. With their guidance, actors embark on a journey of self-discovery, honing their skills and unlocking their true potential.

 

We recognize that every actor is unique, with their own set of talents, strengths, and aspirations. That's why we tailor our coaching approach to each individual, providing personalized guidance and support. Our goal is to help actors connect with their extraordinary selves, enabling them to create memorable and impactful performances.

 

Through our scene study approach, we prepare actors for the challenges they may encounter in the industry. Actors develop the skills and confidence necessary to thrive on set by engaging in realistic simulations of the work environment. By immersing actors in authentic scenarios, they can cultivate their craft and excel in their chosen path.

 

Our mission is to empower actors to become powerful storytellers who make a difference in the world. We firmly believe that the stories we tell shape our society, challenge our perspectives, and inspire positive change. At Straeon Acting Studios, we provide actors with the tools, knowledge, and inspiration they need to become agents of transformation through their performances.

 

Join us at Straeon Acting Studios and embark on a journey of self-discovery, creativity, and personal growth. Let us guide you as you tap into the extraordinary parts of yourself and discover the power of storytelling within you. Together, we will unlock your true potential and help you make a lasting impact as a storyteller.

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Get to know our coaches and what they can offer!

Meet Acting Coach & Co-Founder

Isabel  Lehoux

Isabel Lehoux is a highly acclaimed acting coach, drawing upon her remarkable talent and diverse professional background to inspire and guide professional and aspiring actors. With 20 years of experience as a professional actor (She is a member of ACTRA - The Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists and CAEA - The Canadian Actors' Equity Association), director and script consultant, Isabel has established herself as a sought-after mentor in the industry. She possesses a unique blend of creativity, expertise, and an unwavering commitment to helping actors reach their full potential.

 

Co-founding Straeon Acting Studios and establishing the Institute of Storytelling for Actors, Isabel has created platforms where actors can receive comprehensive training and take their creative abilities to extraordinary levels. Her visionary leadership has shaped the careers of numerous successful actors who have made a mark in the entertainment industry, starring in major film productions, TV Series and on stage.

 

Isabel's journey into the world of performing arts began with her graduation from Funesc, Brazil's renowned performing arts Conservatory. Fueled by her passion for continuous growth and exploration, she pursued specializations in Scene Study Workshops, Physical Theatre, Butoh, Movement, and Self-Development, working with coaches from the U.S.A, Brazil, Japan, and Norway, broadening her knowledge and deepening her understanding of the art form.

 

What sets Isabel apart as an acting coach is her innate ability to connect with her clients at a profound level. Her intuitive nature enables her to understand their unique strengths, challenges, and aspirations, allowing her to tailor her coaching approach to their specific needs. With this deep connection and personalized guidance, Isabel empowers actors to discover their authentic selves and cultivate a powerful presence on stage and screen.

 

She challenges actors to step out of their comfort zones, encouraging them to explore new horizons and push their artistic boundaries. Yet, throughout this transformative process, Isabel remains a steadfast pillar of support, providing unwavering encouragement and guidance.

 

As an experienced actor and director herself, Isabel brings firsthand knowledge of the demands and intricacies of the industry. Her vast experience enables her to provide valuable insights and practical advice, helping actors navigate the challenges and opportunities that come their way.

 

Whether leading intensive workshops, one-on-one sessions, or immersive acting programs, Isabel's dedication to her craft shines through. Actors who have had the privilege of working with her describe their time under her guidance as unforgettable and transformative. Her students leave with a newfound confidence, a deepened understanding of their craft, and a renewed passion for storytelling.

 

Embark on a remarkable acting journey with Isabel Lehoux, and unlock your true potential as an actor. Experience the transformative power of Isabel's coaching and witness the positive impact it will have on your acting career.

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Jock MacDonald

Meet Acting Coach & Co-Founder

Jock MacDonald is an actor, writer, director, and acting coach  with over 50 years of professional experience in the US, Canada, and Europe.

He has had guest-starring roles in many prime-time and daytime television shows, both in sitcoms and dramas. He has also held over ten major roles in films, including major release studio motion pictures and independent films. His theater credits encompass the lead role in an award-winning Off-Broadway play, as well as leading roles in regional theaters across the US.

Throughout his career, in addition to his acting, directing, and writing work, Jock MacDonald has always been dedicated to coaching and teaching actors, writers, and directors. He has conducted workshops when working at regional theaters, facilitated ongoing professional workshops, and been contracted to teach classes at universities, always feeling the responsibility to share his wealth of knowledge and experience.

He has had guest-starring roles in many prime-time and daytime television shows, both in sitcoms and dramas. He has also held over ten major roles in films, including major release studio motion pictures and independent films. His theater credits encompass the lead role in an award-winning Off-Broadway play, as well as leading roles in regional theaters across the US.

Throughout his career, in addition to his acting, directing, and writing work, Jock MacDonald has always been dedicated to coaching and teaching actors, writers, and directors. He has conducted workshops when working at regional theaters, facilitated ongoing professional workshops, and been contracted to teach classes at universities, always feeling the responsibility to share his wealth of knowledge and experience.

With a BA in theatre from the University of Vermont and an MFA in acting from Ohio University, Jock MacDonald is well-equipped academically. He has also obtained a diploma in television acting from the Wiest-Barron School of Television and a diploma in Shakespeare and Comedy Acting from BADA, Balliol College, Oxford University.

 

Jock MacDonald's coaching has led to many of his clients achieving successful careers in film, television, and theater. Presently, he counts among his clients individuals working on recurring roles in television series, engaged in screenwriting for an upcoming major film production, and involved in pre-production for directing a significant television series.

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