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Joe McCoy

Courses taught

  • Scene Study
  • Meisner Approach
  • Intro to Acting for Film & TV


Joe McCoy is the Artistic Director of the Academy. A graduate of the William B. Davis Centre for Actor’s Study, he is a gifted teacher of the craft he has been honing for many years as an actor and as a director. Whether on faculty at Canadian College of Film & Acting, Victoria Motion Picture School, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts School, Screen Actors Studio, or Guest Instructor at Canadian College of Performing Arts, Joe is perhaps the most recognizable acting instructor in Victoria. He is known for his humour, insight, and absolute passion as an educator. Intuitive and knowledgeable, he works in a relaxed and often hilarious style that allows students to feel safe and free from judgement.

“Sometimes people arrive here not respecting themselves, but that doesn’t last long. [chuckles] I think in-depth training re-humanizes us. There are as many acting languages as there are actors. I find that developing a common language with each actor is key, but even before that to establish the aesthetic of reverence for this work is vital. Then of course, we are irreverent with each other, which keeps people from getting too stuck on themselves. We are continually challenged to get out of our own way. I’m just a doorman, really. I show them the door, but they walk through by themselves.”


  • Da Vinci’s Inquest
  • The Dead Zone
  • The Keeper
  • In the Land of the Blind
  • Lola
Stage Roles
  • Malvolio, 12th Night
  • Henry Harry, Brilliant Traces
  • Cascadia, co-directed with Jim Knox


“Joe helped me succeed in some of my earliest auditions. He believed in me… and this helped me to believe in myself. I loved working with him because he was honest and got right to the point. Thank you Joe for being a great mentor and coach; your help is why I am where I am today.”
Dylan Schmid – Once Upon a Time, Falling Skies, Horns with Daniel Radcliffe

“Joe is without question the finest teacher I have had… His way of teaching can be intensely personal, but never invasive. How does he do that? I think I speak for all of us when I say that working with him has been a profoundly transformational experience. Thank you, Joe.”
Jamie Nesbitt – Multi award-winning theatre artist, Vancouver

Any person looking to embark on a career as an actor would do well to study with Joe. He has the ability to understand and engage with actors in pragmatic language. He is able to shape each individual actor by holding them accountable to the work, while coaxing the best of who they are to come out and play in a safe environment. He is able to do this with a profound respect and love that very few acting coaches have. The knowledge that Joe passed on to me provided me with a strong foundation as an actor. To this day, any discovery I make in this art form has the fingerprints of Joe’s guidance and coaching.”
Warren Chow – Cosmopolis, Crash and Burn, The Listener

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