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The Screen Acting Academy is an educational service company for aspiring actors and all creative spirits that want to establish a career in the performing arts industry.

The company was founded in 2012 by Canadian casting director Mike Migliara. It is a mecca for creative artists; bringing actors, filmmakers and industry professionals together. Actors are guided and mentored by industry professionals as they learn and apply every acting technique that is known to make actors succeed: Strasberg, Adler, Hagen, Meisner, and many more!


Founder – Artistic Director – Instructor

Mike Migliara has worked directly with award winning producers and directors such as George Clooney, Denis Villeneuve, Jim Donovan, and many more throughout his 20 years working as a casting director.

Mike Migliara began his career in Montreal, where he was born and raised. He received his Baccalaureate in Fine Arts from Concordia University. Mike Migliara’s teachings are unique as they draw upon his academic background in theatre and film while also incorporating his inside knowledge of the casting process.

He is a member of the “Casting Directors Society of Canada” and he has worked for many major Hollywood and Canadian production companies such as Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Ubisoft, and many more. He has cast leads and speaking roles for numerous feature films, TV Series, Video Games (for motion capture and voice), Commercials, and Music Videos.

Mr. Migliara has applied his expertise to privately coach actors such as Michael Mando, who now stars in the series Better Call Saul, Tim Rozon, who now plays as Doc Holliday in Wynonna Earp, and Cindy Sampson who co-stars with Jason Priestley in “Private Eyes”. His extensive insight into the casting process gives actors a comprehensive understanding of the skills needed to get cast. He is widely respected by many Canadian actors, talent agents, and directors for giving it all he’s got!


Resident Instructor

In her professional acting career of over 20 years, Karen Cliche has had leading roles in 8 television series and 40 films, including guest star appearances. One of her first acting roles was in a Francis Ford Coppola film shooting in Australia and Hong Kong. She found a niche in playing strong, smart, female characters with memorable exuberance. Karen has also starred in several comedies, one of which has earned her a nomination for a Gemini award in comedy performance for “The Business”. Besides her training in screen acting, Karen was an army brat. Her talent stems from observing many different cultures and countries around the world; observing many different personalities, experiences and situations. Academically, Karen studied Psychology, which gives her a twist of strong precision in human behaviour and memorable choices in fleshing out her characters. Karen took some years off when she had her daughter, and now lives in Ottawa. Time and time again, she continues to thrive in the entertainment industry – booking substantiated roles: from being a member of the supporting cast, to Large Principals! In just the last 3 years, she has booked 5 Lead roles & Supporting Cast. As well as working extensively in the commercial market – lending her voice to radio and TV!


Resident Instructor – Stage Combat, Motion Capture, Voice and Screen

Shawn has been acting professionally for almost 25 years now. He is a multi-skilled actor that has been employed and trusted by media producers to deliver the goods on top rated projects. He is a veteran of the theatre, film and television, voice, stunts, motion capture, and fight choreography. He’s worked on such projects as Watchdogs 2, Rainbow Six: Siege, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Far Cry 6, the Assassin’s Creed series, and many more. He has been cast for prominent speaking roles on the silver screen, including lead and supporting cast. He is known and acclaimed for his diversity and character work.

He has a black belt in Shotokan karate and studied with Fight Director’s Canada in 1999 after completing his theater studies. Since then, he’s also worked as a performing arts and stage combat teacher, fight director, stunt performer, and consultant.


Resident Instructor

Tomas Chovanec has been a professional actor for over twenty years, earning his ACTRA card while still in high school at Etobicoke School of Arts in Toronto.

“Moving to Ottawa from Toronto, I wasn’t sure what the tv/film scene was like here, but I quickly found out there’s loads of work happening here.”

Some recent film/tv credits include: Jade’s Asylum, Murdered at Seventeen, His Perfect Obsession, Eyewitness, Reign, Cracked, Hemlock Grove.

Whether it’s an actor role, principal role, guest lead role, recurring role, lead role, he has the tools to be ready “on the day”.

With techniques learned from years of studying at Pro Actors Lab, Meisner technique with John Riven, audition technique with Ron Leach, voice work wit Rae-Ellen Bodie, he knows how to work moment to moment, and work truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

“I’ll often be asked by curious people wanting to know what it’s like getting to pretend all the time when you’re acting, is it fun to pretend to be a cop/lawyer/doctor/criminal etc…, I will tell them my approach is more in line with; acting isn’t about pretending, it’s about revealing.”

Acting truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Bring your life experience, use your imagination, and learn how to make it read on camera.

Rodrigues A. Williams

Resident Instructor

Actor/Writer Rod Williams was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario where he started pursuing local theatre in 1993. Four years later, he moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to make the evolution to Film & Television.

There he became a member of ACTRA and worked with greats like the late Luke Perry (90210), Malcolm Jamal-Warner (The Cosby Show) & Victoria Rowell (The Young And The Restless).

In 2011, he returned to Ottawa where he has found much success performing in Hallmark Christmas Movies and Crime Drama Recreation Programs.

He has been represented by The Mensour Agency since 2016


Resident Instructor – Voice & Screen

Daniel Garcia is an American actor with a Bachelor of Art degree in Theatre from the University of North Texas. After graduating, Daniel found work immediately. Daniel spent 6 years abroad in China, being a Series Lead in the animated series “Dream Defenders”, and doing voices for Disney, DreamWorks, and Tokyo TV Studios. While he was there, he was also busy touring with one of Hong Kong’s busiest children’s theatre company as an resident actor.

He also starred in commercials for Samsonite, Uhoo, and Diamond Water. Daniel moved to New York City and became a SAG-AFTRA member. He Co-Starred on an episode of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix), and was featured in “Succession” (HBO), and “Mr.Robot” (USA). As a stage actor, Daniel has performed with The Royal Shakespeare Company in London, Disney World Family in Hong Kong, and the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC.

Daniel is now living in Ottawa, Canada as an ACTRA member, and is working on current TV/Film projects being shot here.


Resident Instructor – Voice & Screen

Born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Chris has studied Acting, Theatre and Film his whole life and has worked professionally in the Film Industry for 15 years.

Chris attended the prestigious ‘American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ in Hollywood, CA and have since gone on to work as an actor in many professional productions, as well as worked and studied with many greats in the film industry such as Lee Daniels, Lou Diamond Philips, William H. Macy, Garret Hedlund Alfred Molina, Misha Barton, and many more.

Chris brings an inspiring and practical approach to teaching the Craft of Acting, as well as using the Body and the Voice to create memorable and believable Characters, while always seeking the truth in every moment. Chris gives the students the tools to dig deep and bring up Emotions quickly, as is required in the Film Industry, and is passionate about passing on what he has learned to up and coming actors.


Production Writer

Matthew Quinn has been writing stories for more than 25 years, developing a passion for writing at an early age. He has written dozens of short stories and been printed in several publications including, and Ottawa Citizen. His play Starting Over has shown at the NAC’s 4th stage. He has also written several screenplays including EMEC, Surviving The Black, The Master Stroke, Dave Imaginary, The Wingman, Sweat Shop, Bounty Hunter X, The Portrait, and the radio play The Second Leap for Mankind. In addition, he has also collaborated on several films, such as Spinal, Suburban Intrigue, Broke, Fine Print and the series Land’s End with frequent collaborator Michael MacNeil. He lives in Smiths Falls Ontario with his wife Cara and three childen Mary, Mackenzie, and Christian.