Designed for actors with any level of experience, Story Institute’s acting school in Vancouver provides actors with extensive training in screen acting, state of the art on-camera acting techniques, and intensive supporting-acting classes.

Story Institute Acting School Vancouver

Unlike some acting schools, Story Institute places attention on creating practical experience and hands-on training to our students which allows them to develop their craft as professional actors and excel at performing in front of the camera.

Our film acting instructors are all successful, working actors, directors, producers, and writers—veterans of the film industry—who give each student undivided attention in every class and teach the discipline necessary for becoming a professional in film and television.


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Graduates become lifetime members of Story Institute and receive numerous career advantages, including free career guidance and support in perpetuity.

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In-Depth Preparation

Our classes prepare actors for just about every type of role they may encounter. We help aspiring actors understand how to use both their bodies and their voices to produce award winning performances. Awareness of all the elements that go into producing a great performance is crucial. We help actors understand how, why and when to position their bodies or use their voices in different ways and how to play off people and props effectively. We cover economy of motion, the power of dramatic pauses and even how to use breathing and every element of the face and facial expressions to add to the performance.

A Variety of Acting Techniques

Many people say we are the best acting school in Vancouver because of our caring, talented, experienced instructors and the wide range of acting techniques that have influenced how and what we teach. Michael Coleman and his professional instructors offer basic techniques that have influenced our unique teaching style include:

Stella Adler
Constantin Stanislavski
Lee Strasberg
Michael Chekhov
Sanford Meisner

These are some of the more common acting techniques people in the industry must master if they want to improve their chances of having a long, lucrative, fulfilling, career.

Our acting courses incorporate an original technique that is heavily influenced by the acting classic techniques students need to learn in order to make the characters they portray come to life. These are essential acting techniques beginners to veteran Hollywood A-list actors use every day.


Staff of Experienced Professionals

People say we have the best acting studies in Vancouver because of the experience, knowledge, skills and professionalism of our staff.

Our team includes people who have worked in every area of the industry. This includes writing, directing, producing, acting, and many other key roles. Check them out here

We have instructors who have appeared on stage, screen and television. From off Broadway in New York to Vancouver to Los Angeles to all over the world! They have worked in small productions and major cinematic presentations. They are able to share unique insights into the craft of acting from the point of view of both the actor and the director. These men and women are masters of the art of acting and are committed to sharing the skills aspiring actors need to succeed.

Michael Coleman is our head instructor and the founder of Story Institute. Check out or current instructors here.

A Solid Foundation

At our Vancouver acting academy, beginners gain the solid foundation they need to master the craft of acting and the business of acting.

We offer acting lessons in the modern techniques required by actors and combined with the classic foundations needed for a lifelong career in the professional arts.

Our  acting classes cover:
1. Career Planning
2. Scene Study
3. Line Memorization
4. Improvisation
5. The unique skills of Auditioning
6. Voice-Overs for Animation, Radio, and Video Games
7. Self-Assessment and Development
8. Body Awareness, Positioning and Movement
9. Grounding your performances
10. Character Development

We offer these techniques for those looking for acting lessons for beginners, acting classes for kids or even acting lessons for adults.


Small Class Size

We limit the size of our sessions to ensure each student gets the personalized attention they need to master the required skills. Our instructors have the time to focus on each student, create a personalized development plan for them and give them the individualized attention they need.

Our smaller sized acting sessions allow the work of each aspiring actor to be seen, analyzed, critiqued and corrected by our instructors in a timely manner. Each individual is given the guidance and training they need to grow as at their own pace under the watchful eyes of our expert instructors.


Affordable Tuition

Our Vancouver acting courses are affordably priced and can fit into almost any budget. Students are pleasantly surprised when they see the affordable prices we offer for our lessons. Students from every socioeconomic level can afford to finance their goal of becoming actors by taking classes with us. Coleman has also founded the only acting school in Vancouver that is all-inclusive.

From the classes for beginners to the advanced acting classes offered for experienced actors, all are reasonably priced. Our acting college won’t make you go broke as you work to make your dream of becoming an actor a reality. We make getting the skills and training to become an actor affordable.

Check out our purpose scholarship program!

An Enjoyable Experience


Becoming a talented actor takes focus, discipline and hard work. It’s a serious pursuit that can sometimes require hours of grueling practice. However, people are often willing and able to learn more and work at gaining new skills longer if they are enjoying the process.

Our innovative instructors create fun activities that relieve the stress of learning important lessons. Aspiring actors get the opportunity to enjoy themselves while testing their chops and learning the intricacies of the acting profession through impromptu improvisational skits and other fun opportunities to perform.


Performance Oriented


Our Vancouver acting studio is performance oriented. We have countless spaces and opportunities for students to test themselves and show what they have learned.

They perform challenging short pieces that require them to stretch themselves and draw on their training. For many students, this is their favorite part of the course. It puts them on stage, in front of the camera, their peers and their instructors working with some of the most difficult material they have ever encountered.

But these painful lessons let aspiring actors know where they are and what it will take to reach their goals.


Rich, Challenging and Unique Lessons


Many students who have taken classes at our institute have gone on to work professionally as actors and say we are the best acting college because of the rich, challenging, unique, experiences they went through.

It truly prepared them to make it as actors. Coleman instills unique, diverse, methods to push students to be their best and bring out talents they never realized they had. Students sometimes emerge from our school covered in sweat, drained, yet feeling exhilarated because they know they just took an important step in creating a bright future as an actor.

Basic and Advanced Training


The curriculum at our acting academy covers both the basic acting techniques all actors must know and the advanced techniques that get people noticed. We take the time to break down the acting techniques into simple steps to ensure all students understand what’s required and how to master it.

By allowing several different techniques to influence our own style, we prepare our students for a wide variety of roles in any medium. These are the skills actors must know to be successful in the industry. We work with beginners just learning the basics and veterans who want to improve their craft. We want you to be fully prepared when you get to the audition. We also offer training on performing in the audition room


The Highest Standards in The Acting School Industry


At Story Institute Acting School our standards are high, our training rigorous and our instructors demanding. Our goal is to deliver the best acting lessons in Vancouver. To do that our entire staff gives their best and demands the same thing from our students. We teach young actors how to reach inside themselves and the world around them for lessons, inspiration, endurance and courage to do the work necessary to break new ground and grow.

Actors leave our Acting workshops with a confidence in their acting skills born of hard, intense work, effective instruction from our acting coaches and an understand of what it takes to be a successful actor.


We Teach the Necessary Technical Skills


Our acting workshops teach students to marry art and science to create a convincing performance that looks entirely natural. in order to deliver the best acting classes, we teach the technical skills actors need to be able to inhabit a role and animate a character.

Our students learn how to use their breathing, their voices, the movement and positioning of their bodies and the expressions and inflections of their faces to delineate characters and make them believable. See our results page for a better understanding of what our acting program has to offer


Connect With us Today!


If you truly enjoy acting and want to be the very best actor you can, give us a call. We will prove we are the best acting college of choice and we can provide you with the training you need. We believe with the right training and attention to your strengths and weaknesses, we can help you perfect your craft so when your time to perform comes, you’re more than ready!

Our classes provide the skills, techniques and knowledge to make you a better, more well-rounded actor and help you have a successful acting career.