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SAA SUCCESSES

We are so proud of the many SAA students that are now working actors today!

Tim Rozon

Private Coaching

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“I have had the honor and privilege to work and grow as an actor from the very beginning of my career with Michael. He creates such a safe space for an actor to be truly vulnerable and to live truthfully in every moment. I owe a lot of my success to the foundation he helped me build as a actor. He is a gem of man, one hell of a teacher and a great friend. I’m beyond lucky to know him. “

Peter Dillon

Private Coaching

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“Mike Migliara (Founder, Instructor and Artistic Director of The Screen Acting Academy) is the real deal. I’ve never met an acting teacher and Casting Director who understands the complexity of the craft while loving actors more. His students are lucky to have him!”

SAM ASHE ARNOLD

Former Student

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“So, at The Screen Acting Academy, we worked mainly from a book called A Challenge for the Actor, and we talk about motives and personalization… how to make it feel real for you. So, Mike, you can tell that he’s very passionate about acting and theater… and it helps because you want to impress him. And near the end of classes, you look around and see the progression and say…yeah, everyone’s worked really hard on this. One thing that I love about Mike is that he doesn’t baby his students. And if someone gives a performance that’s terrible, he’s gonna tell you it wasn’t so great and why. He’s going to work very hard to get the best performance out of you that he possibly can.”

Kate MacLellan

Graduate

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“I started my training with SAA and worked my way through all 4 levels offered. It really kick started my career. Classes are very informative and Mike and his coaches are very professional and knowledgeable. Even though I’ve graduated, I still enjoy taking other classes such as the Just Scenes In Studio. I am always learning something new and keeping strong! I can’t thank them enough.”

James Raynard

Graduate

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“Mike’s awesome! Works with the actor until the scene is just right. You can tell he cares! And it shows with how SAA is running today, and how well his students are doing.”

Kyle Meagher

Graduate

“A really in-depth look at acting. The Screen Acting Academy has helped me in all aspects of performance, from simple silent-on-camera roles to large principal roles, to leads. The instructors are highly skilled industry vets, and they are completely honest and fair in their critique, which gives you a lot of valuable feedback that you don’t always see from other acting institutions. I highly recommend The Screen Acting Academy whenever anyone asks me about acting classes.”

Scott Cleland

Graduate

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“To be completely honest, no acting workshop quite matches up to the workshops offered at The Screen Acting Academy. The Screen Acting Room course revolutionized my acting and made me the actor I am today. After that course I took several other courses that were all nothing short of fantastic. I still get private coaching from Mike Migliara when I have trouble with an audition and many of those roles I booked. I highly recommend you try these courses and I’m certain you will not be disappointed.”

ALEC ALBERT

Graduate

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“Everything makes sense at SAA. It’s not complicated. They make it easy for me to connect to my scenes. Simple, effective. I never feel like I need to tape more than 2 to 3 takes.

Moreso, their instructors have a keen eye on how to use my choices and make them even more polished for the screen. It truly has made a difference and the response from casting offices has increased and been positive. I’m more confident than ever, and it shows. I can’t thank them enough.”

JENNA STEVENSON

Graduate

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“If you’re serious about getting into acting for film and TV, there’s no better studio in Ottawa. Great teachers, great courses. Money well spent.”

Victoria Givlin

Graduate

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“Mike & SAA are the very best in The Capital. Attentive, detail oriented and emotionally proficient : Mike is phenomenal at breaking down the components of what it means to act not only in theory- but in practice. He’ll change everything you think you know about the industry and bring a modernity to light like you haven’t ever seen before. He can pull emotions out to the spotlight effortlessly. I couldn’t recommend him enough and his team at SAA! more.”

Mikael Conde

Graduate & Former Student

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“To my first teacher and acting school, thank you for showing me the way. I couldn’t have done it without your training in The Screen Acting Room.”

Brenda Ngo

Graduate

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“When I was looking into taking acting classes in Ottawa, SAA stood out because it seemed to be the only acting school in Ottawa at the time with such a strong focus on on-camera technique. Mike and the SAA instructors not only taught me valuable techniques that have made me a stronger actress, but they also gave me the confidence to push through and get into the market. Mike is an excellent acting coach. As an experienced Casting Director, he picked out little nuances or bad habits that I never would have known if it weren’t for his keen casting director eye. I now audition all the time and thanks to SAA, I have a collection of audition footage for my demo reel. Since graduating, I am now an ACTRA Apprentice and I’m repped by a fantastic talent agent at Play Management Inc. (Toronto). I finally feel like a working actress and I am grateful for my time at SAA”

Eddie G

Private Coaching

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“SAA has always gone above and beyond with their services. The coaches actually care and put in the time. Mike, thank you for giving me great direction and advice throughout my career. Special thanks to the taping for my NBC/CTV “Transplant” audition.I booked a recurring role in Season 1! You have a keen eye for detail. SAA… you’re legends in this game on what you bring to the table!
With love, always, Eddie G”

Dimitri Abdul Nour

Graduate

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“The instructors at SAA and Mike Migliara are incredible! I managed to book projects and become union because of them; I can be happy to say that I am a working actor now! Level 3 and Level 4 of The Screen Acting Room really brings it all together. Working my technique in a multi cam studio, dissecting your performances beat by beat, the instructor’s notes appearing on the screen, on your footage, isolating exactly where and what needs fixing. I am a director as well, and it helps me consider more things to keep in mind when working with actors. The SAA instructors are working professionals in the industry that are passionate about what they do and it’s that passion that makes them push their students to strive and to keep working on themselves. They are highly focus and have a trained eye on all areas of the acting process regarding truthful acting, script analysis, character, camera coverage and the process of auditioning in Level 4. Its money very well spent!”

ANNA MIRODIN

Graduate

“SAA gave me the opportunity to work with other aspiring actors which really helped me to progress in this field!. Really grateful to participate in the studio and meet all the wonderful people.

Thanks so much to Mike and everyone else who coached me to become a working actor with ETM Agency in Toronto!”

Jason Harley

Graduate

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“I have been taking classes with The Screen Acting Academy off and on for about 3 years now. Founder Mike Migliara is a first class instructor and acting coach. There are other great coaches who teach there as well, including Dan Garcia, Karen Cliche and Rod Williams who I am currently studying with. SAA also offers phenomenal self-tape services. When you go to SAA for a self-tape you are not only getting a technically superb product, you are also getting the benefit of great coaching. They make you feel confident and give you a sense of freedom instead of feeling like your time is up. Tapes are done on a very quick turnaround which is so important as we are all up against tight deadlines. I highly recommend SAA”

Michael Clarke

Graduate

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“The Screen Acting Academy is absolutely brilliant. You get that amazing feeling as if you’re an actor on set, it’s exactly the same!. The feedback by their pro instructors is life changing, and I feel like I’m always improving.
It’s the best place to sharpen your skills, perform and just practice, practice, practice!!… it’s also a great place to keep working with your peers in the community. SAA doesn’t rely on classroom playbacks. Instead, they’ve found a way to send their valuable feedback by computer, after the class is complete. The feedback is actually marked on the tape at the precise moment of where an improvement is needed. It really doesn’t get much better than that…”


  • VictoriaFormer Student

  • Eddie GPrivate Coaching

  • MikaĂ«l CondeFormer Student

  • Tim RozonPrivate Coaching

  • Sebastian LabissiereFormer Student

  • Sam Ashe ArnoldFormer Student

  • Hayley FesterygFormer Student

  • Guido Grasso JrPrivate Coaching

  • Scott ClelandFormer Student

  • Kyle MeagherFormer Student

  • Amber GoldfarbPrivate Coaching

  • James RaynardFormer Student

  • Daryl BanksFormer Student

  • Jaeda LeblancFormer Student

  • Kyria OssaFormer Student

  • Claudia FerriPrivate Coaching

  • Marc TrottierPrivate Coaching

  • Vanessa BloomfieldFormer Student

  • Sarah BoothFormer Student

  • Hannah ChantĂ©eFormer Student

  • Draeven McGowanFormer Student

  • Trevor MomessoPrivate Coaching