I've been teaching acting to adults and teens since 2009 at the Screen Actor's Studio, and since 2012 at The Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts (both in their full-time and part-time programs). 

I believe that actor training is on-going and my goal is to help people find their own "method".  I draw from the techniques developed by some of the greats - Stanislavski (of course), Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Michael Shurtleff, Larry Moss, among others. And as a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, I employ techniques such as self-compassion, grounding and breath work to help students become what I like to call the "Whole Hearted Actor."




Contact:  VAD Arts for more information

Phone: (250) 580-2588


Course description:

Whether new to the game, or transitioning from stage to film, or simply polishing up for the busy auditioning season, this 6-week course covers the essentials of auditioning for the camera and tips for getting your career on the right track.

You will learn:

  • How to find and sign with a talent agent

  • How to create a great promo package

  • The scoop on Actor Unions

  • Where to find the work

  • What to do when you get a call-back

  • Audition room etiquette

  • Use of wardrobe and props

  • How to quickly and precisely analyze audition scripts (sides)

  • How to make strong and unique character choices that stand out

  • How to work within the camera frame and use eye-lines correctly



“ Joanne’s classes are essential to any actor looking to hone and build their technique. She takes care in meeting each student where they are at, and will work with you until you have reached your utmost potential. I felt very safe and supported in her classroom, and she gave me the tools I will forever utilize to dig deep as an actor. “

Amanda Wear,  Actor

"My time with Joanne Wilson as her student was phenomenal. She is a wonderful, hands-on teacher that cares about her students. She taught me useful, valid points about the industry that I am applying as I start my career. I am grateful for her teachings as an instructor and mentor."

Talietha Sangha, Actor, KC Talent 

"Joanne Wilson is by far one of the most encouraging and genuine people I have had the pleasure to meet. Her unique teaching style keeps you focused and working hard, while still experiencing the excitement of learning new tactics and skills within the acting industry. She's by far one of my favourites!"

Emma Moore, Actor, Youtube Vlogger


Do you have an audition you'd like a little help with? Or maybe you'd like some one-on-one coaching for a presentation? I'd be happy to work with  you!

AUDITION COACHING:  I'll help fine-tune your film/TV or theatre audition so that you are on the mark and can walk into the room with confidence!  And, if required, I can record and send off your self-taped audition.

PRESENTATION/MEDIA COACHING: With my many years of experience in broadcasting, I can help you hone your presentation. Whether it's a  speech at a wedding, a media interview, or a power-point for your work I'll help you polish up and calm down, so you look and feel like a pro!

"Working with Joanne was a safe and comfortable experience for me. I felt energized by her positive nature and focus, while being  able to play and take the risks that I needed to. Since working with Joanne I have booked numerous commercials, my first TV appearance, and am currently performing on stage. I know that my success is due in part to Joanne’s encouragement, honesty, and work ethic.”
Tonya Lee Albers , Actor


Check out the Conscious Creativity section of my website, where you can learn more about how Mindfulness  and Meditation can help us tap into our creative selves.

It may be an offer to just sit with me for a guided meditation or an offer of acting classes specifically geared to helping us explore "Whole Hearted "acting!