Miriam Laurence

One of Toronto’s most highly respected acting teachers, Miriam Laurence trains, coaches and directs actors. In the thirty years that she has been training actors, Miriam Laurence has been influential in the growth of a long and impressive list of recognized actors, directors, writers, and teachers.  She is a founding member of Actors Repertory Company and has been a member of the Toronto Association of Acting Studios, serving as Chairman for two years. She is a member of ACTRA and CAEA.

While more active as a director/co-writer for her film projects, Miriam has been steadily active retranslating/adapting and modernizing classic plays: Strindberg’s Creditors was directed by John Neville for ARC Theatre Company with Chuck Shamata, Brenda Bazinet and Alan Jordan in 1999. 

Other works for young actors and amateur theatres include: 
• Anouilh’s The Lark and Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (with three Joans and Alices, respectively)
• Erdman’s comedy, The Suicide (adapted as 2B OR Not 2B)
• Schnitzler’s La Ronde (adapted as La Ronde; Toronto ‘08)
• Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle (adapted as Chalk Circle)
• Sartre's No Exit 
• Chekhov's The Marriage Proposal & The Boor 

Miriam is currently working on adapting/translating and directing English Mint, by Marguerite Duras and a television series, while teaching and coaching.  She lives in Toronto with her husband of 33 years and has two grown children.

Directing credits for theatre include: The Gnadiges Fraulin at Summerworks and the sold-out production of Birdbath at The Toronto Fringe; A Dream Play at Seneca College Studio Theatre, World of Colour at Mel Lastman Square, Lilly, Alta. and Fool for Love at York University. Fool for Love was remounted professionally in a highly acclaimed production at Solar Stage Theatre.  Since 1999 Miriam has directed seven short films. She received a second Media Arts grant from the Ontario Arts Council to direct a documentary about Madeleine Sherwood and the acting process, Madeleine’s Method which was featured at the Victoria Film Festival, while her short, Rue the Day, was chosen for the LA International Short Film Festival.