Rose Dubin’s dedication to teaching and coaching students has been nurtured by a lifetime of rich experience. Highly skilled, Rose combines a unique blend of elements from her life, work and training into her teaching style.
Starting as a teenager, she performed live on the weekly CKFH radio comedy series My Little Margie - Spotlight on Youth. It was there that a lifelong love affair with acting was born.
An extensive and diverse education followed. She learned the Traditional British Style at the Canadian Theatre School. She absorbed the more modern approaches of Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov with Basya Hunter, a veteran of the Moscow Arts Theatre.
Rose studied scene work and performance with some of Canada’s best, including Ken Gass, Artistic Director of the Factory Theatre and Ernest Schwarz, founder of The Studio Lab. She studied Meisner technique, mime with Adrian Pecknold, movement and dance with Rima Brodie, plus Second City improv, mask work, voice and singing.
Rose received the Governor General’s Medal and the Drama Award from the University of Toronto (entered as a mature student). She graduated with high distinction, earning a degree in English and Drama.
Rose has performed everything from Shakespeare to contemporary drama to comedy. Favorites include: Goneril in King Lear, Lady India in Ring Around the Moon, Piggy Gilpen in Hands Across the Sea, Susan Carmichael in Detective Story, Grazia in Death Takes a Holiday, Sue in All My Sons and Miss Icenogle in The Hundred and First.
Rose Dubin has devoted over 25 years to training and educating students in the craft and business of acting. Always an innovator, Rose also designed and created two of Toronto’s longest running part time theatre schools - The Leah Posluns Theatre School (LPTS) and The Seneca College Performance Certificate Program.
Rose was mentored by Reva Stern, Artistic Director of the Leah Posluns Theatre. Reva hired her as Director of the LPTS, where she co-produced over 20 Young Company Productions for school audiences, including original musicals. She created educational packages and drama workshops for teachers and professionals, and initiated a relationship with Seneca College that resulted in their Performance Certificate Program.
At Seneca College, Rose coordinated the entire Performance Certificate Program at both the Don Mills and York University campuses. She designed courses from beginner to advanced levels, including On-Camera Study, the Acting Project and Improvisation Performance.
Always practical, she created specific study materials for students and teachers addressing the business of acting.
Rose continues to inspire and educate privately with individual and group classes geared toward maximizing the potential of her students with practical audition, performance and business skills in a creative and supportive environment.
Working with Rose, students gain monologue, scene work, audition, script analysis and improvisation skills. They also learn to self-direct. The tools Rose provides prepare students to deal confidently with the acting situations they encounter.
Many of Rose’s students have gone on to work in the performing arts as actors, directors, script writers, producers and broadcasters. Others have benefited from acting training in their personal or business lives, having grown in confidence, communication ability and presentation skills.
She feels fortunate and proud to have worked with and fostered the careers of many of Toronto’s finest acting teachers.
Rose is a founding member of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios. She is a member of Theatre Ontario, serves as a board member of the Acting and Modeling Information Service and has served on the board of the North York Council of Arts.
Rose has auditioned prospective students for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York. She writes a continuing article - “Shopping for an Acting Class” in The Agents Book. She has been a sought after school lecturer on the subject of acting training, and has performed in dramatic readings for charitable organizations.
Rose Dubin truly embodies and acts upon what Uta Hagen so aptly titled “Respect for Acting”.
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