Super Sunday Director Series



Join the Session Audits – Choose all or some of the classes

September 8 – November 3, 2019 (Every Sunday for 8 weeks, no class on October 13th – Thanksgiving)
1:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: 2333 Ontario Street, Vancouver
PARTICIPANTS: Only 12 Seats available!
FOR: 19+
FEES: $595 (tax included).
REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS CLASS ARE: Have some credits and training.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Participants will not be allowed to make up classes for this class but can find a replacement. We will also ask waitlist participants if they would like to sub in.
VIDEO CLIPS: Students are required to bring a Standard SD Card to classes & workshops so they may review their work outside of class.

ActorVan Studios is very excited to launch the first Super Sunday Director Series in Vancouver.

It is great opportunity for 12 actors to work with established directors working in Vancouver through out Canada , L.A  the U.S and around the world.

Over an eight week period the directors,
Jon A.Rosenbaum, Lucie Guest, Raul Inglis, Heather Hawthorne Doyle, Jesse James Miller, Pete McCormack, Siobhan Devine, and Christie Will Wolf, will work with the actors on a different personalized focus for each class.

Their impressive collective list of shows they have directed boats over a hundred Movies of the Week, episodic TV, Features films, Hallmark, documentaries and reality TV.

This list includes:

  • Slightly Single in L.A,
  • Her Infidelity,
  • Eat Play Love,  
  • I am Richard Pryor,
  • First Wave,
  • Bench Warmers 2,
  • Eat Drink and Be Married,
  • Love it or List It, Becoming Redwood, Kims Convenience,
  • Transparency,
  • I am Bruce Lee,
  • The Bird Watcher,
  • Some Assembly Required, Package Deal, Punk, and Chasing Evel .

It is an invaluable setting to learn and be seen by directors that have influence in choosing actors for their upcoming projects in the Vancouver market.  

The Directors

Jon Rosenbaum

Jon Rosenbaum has earned a reputation as a passionate filmmaker with an extraordinary imagination and a wide range of experience in all facets of film and television. Raised in scenic Detroit, young Jon cut his teeth volunteering on local horror movies, making comedic short films, drawing original comic strips and writing songs for his Beastie Boys-esque band.

After graduating from film school at the University of Michigan, Jon won acclaim for directing the independent feature-length satire “STORMING HOME”, as well as “THE PORK, THE FORK AND THE MAN FROM NEW YORK”, a twisted fairy tale he created based on a child’s limerick.
For the last twenty years, Jon has split his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver, British Columbia, where he continues to hone his skills as a film and television director and producer. Working both in the U.S. and Canada (where he now has dual citizen status), Jon has carved a niche in the comedy and ‘tween’ genres, thanks to his quirky sensibility and love of collaborating with young talent. His material has spanned many other genres as well, and has involved partnerships with some of the top networks and production companies, including Disney, Nickelodeon, Netflix, Amazon, NBC/Universal, Fox, SyFy, Lifetime, and the Cartoon Network.  He considers himself extremely fortunate to be doing what he loves – directing series, pilots and movies that keep his creative juices flowing.

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Lucie Guest

Lucie Guest is a writer, director, and actress and was awarded “Top Ten Filmmakers to watch-out for in 2017” by Independent Magazine.

Her films have screened internationally and won a handful of awards including Best of Fest at the Women in Comedy Boston Film Festival, Best International Film at the Malibu Film Festival and selected for Kevin Hart’s Top 20 films for JFLs 2017.

Her most recent credits include directing a feature length Rom Com entitled FOR YOU, WITH LOVE. Past credits include writing and directing a short film called NEVER BETTER – A CLOSURE COMEDY as well as an off-beat comedic short film entitled BE RIGHT BACK. Lucie also created and directed CHARLIE AND YONI #LIFE AFTER 30 which was optioned by CBC’s Comedy Coup and became a top 5 finalist in Canada, and creating and directing a pilot episode of OVER ACHIEVERS, an original comedic web-series. Lucie has trained with the acclaimed Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Groundlings in LA and is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory Program. 

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Heather Hawthorn Doyle

Heather Hawthorn Doyle is a Canadian Screen Award nominated director who has a passion for great storytelling, working with actors to create strong characters and delivering visually beautiful films. Heather has directed multiple episodes of the Emmy nominated preschool series “Dino Dana” for TVO and the tween sitcom “Some Assembly Required” for YTV and is currently directly a short film “Songbird” an emotional love letter to a baby who was lost.

HHD started her directing career in multi-camera television directing large scale talk, variety and sports programs including the “Bachelor Canada Men Tell All” specials for CITY TV and 5 seasons of “The Vicki Gabereau Show” for CTV. She then went on to direct multiple series for W Network, Own Canada and OLN and she continues to direct on “Love It or List It Vancouver” for HGTV.

In addition to her work as a director, Heather is a multi-award winning producer and creator having successfully developed, pitched and run more than half a dozen popular factual entertainment and lifestyle televisions series including “Word Travels” for Nat Geo International and “Make Some Noise” winner of the NHK Japan Prize for best youth series in the world, for CBC.

Heather is also a comedy nerd performing improv and writing sketch with her pals every chance she gets.

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Raul Inglis

Mr Inglis commenced his directorial and writing career in theatre. His critically acclaimed play In The Eyes of God was published by Talon books in 2007. Other plays include: FOR WHAT WE REAP, FOR THE RECORD, WALTER, and SURVEILLANCE.

His produced screenplays include The Final Cut, The RED DRESS, Icarus, SUDDENLY, Vice, and most recently AMERICAN HEIST starring Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen.

The Falling was Inglis’ feature film directorial debut. He was nominated for the Claude Jutra Award for Best First Time Director, The City TV Award for Best First Director at the Toronto Film Festival, and the Best First and Second Film Award at the Chicago Film Festival. His second feature film, Vice, premiered at the world famous Grauman’s Chinese theatre in Los Angeles and opened theatrically in the US and Canada. Dennis Hopper called the film “One of the best cop films I have seen”.

His third film, TRANSPARENCY, starred Lou Diamond Phillips, Estella Warren and Deborah Kara Unger. It won best director and editor at the 2011 Leo awards.

In television, Inglis has worked in animation, comedy, action, and Sci-fi. He worked on CONTINUUM as writer and story editor and INSOMNIA as writer and senior story editor.
Recently, Inglis is about to direct, the feature, Crimson Point.

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Pete McCormack

Pete McCormack is an award-winning director, writer, producer and musician. His documentary Facing Ali was Oscar short-listed in 2009 and won VIFF’s 2009 most popular documentary. His most recent documentary, Spirit Unforgettable, won Audience Choice awards at both Hot Docs and VIFF.

Other award-winning films he wrote and directed include the Kevin Spacey-narrated Uganda Rising, I Am Bruce Lee—at the time Spike’s highest watched documentary ever—and the scripted feature See Grace Fly. He also wrote and directed the Pierce Brosnan-narrated short documentary Hope In The Time of AIDS.

In 2016, Pete created, wrote and directed the highly acclaimed 6-part HBO Canada documentary series Sports on Fire. Topics ranged from Olympic terrorism, the Cold War, and performance enhancing drugs to the 1936 Olympics and Jesse Owens, gender testing in women’s sport and prohibition and the rise of NASCAR.

Pete has also written several produced feature screenplays and two novels, including the Stephen Leacock-nominated Understanding Ken. Currently, much of his focus is on a YA Trilogy called The Unforgettables, which takes place a century in the future. He hopes to be finished before then.

His songs have been used in both film and TV.

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Jesse James Miller

A uniquely talented, multi-award winning filmmaker and creator, Jesse is an accomplished writer and director who’s work has spanned across feature, documentary, television, branding and commercials airing on networks like NBC, HBO, AMC, EPIX, Superchannel, Discovery, Paramount and filling theatres across North America.  

Jesse’s newest award winning indie feature film “Rabbit” is currently on Superchannel and “I am Richard Pryor” aired on Paramount in 2019. Jesse critically acclaimed series “Punk” for Epix starring Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Johnny Rotten, Flea, Dave Grohl and many more amazing icons is currently airing on EPIX.

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Siobhan Devine

SIOBHAN DEVINE is a Vancouver based film and television director. Siobhan has directed several television shows including being a regular director on the hit CBC series KIM’S CONVENIENCE; the Nickelodeon half hour comedy I AM FRANKIE; and, multiple episodes of the Netflix Original Series/YTV’s SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED, and Disney XD/YTV’s MR YOUNG. Siobhan has also directed MOW’s for Lifetime and is currently in production on her most recent FOREVER CHRISTMAS.

In 2015 Siobhan premiered her debut feature film THE BIRDWATCHER at the Whistler Film Festival. The film won several awards including a Leo Award for Best Direction of a Motion Picture and Best Director of a Feature Film at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival. It was also named Best Canadian Feature at Toronto’s Female Eye Film Festival.

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Christie Will Wolf

Christie Will Wolf is an award winning screenwriter, director, and producer, with over 26 feature films and television movies under her bra strap. March 2019, Christie WON The Directors Guild of Canada LEGACY AWARD. April 2019, Christie was NOMINATED for BEST SCREEN WRITING in a Television Movie by The LEO AWARDS (Canadian Film Awards). Years prior, Christie worked as an assistant to actor/ producer/director Peter Berg. Following that, Christie worked as Head of Development for Paula Abdul Productions, developing Paula’s reality show “Hey Paula” which aired on Bravo! Christie came up the ranks directing electronic press kits for distributors, and gained a reputation for delivering profitable companion pieces to movies.

Early in Christie’s career, her short film Dysfunction received acclaim at Rhonde Island Film Festival, establishing Christie as a filmmaker with a distinct voice. Her first feature film, Slightly Single in L.A. (Jenna Dewan, Lacey Chabert, The Farley Brother’s, Chris Kattan) which she wrote, directed, and produced, which was one of the first romantic comedy aquistions for Netflix, proved to be an audience favourite for the demographic of women 14-18 / 20-30. Following the success of SSinL.A, Christie was hired to write and direct the indie hit comedy “Boy Toy” starring Morgan Fairchild, John White, Kevin Farley – which was released by Lions Gate. Following that, she was again hired to write and direct a teen Christmas comedy entitled “A Holiday Heist” starring Vivica Fox, and more. In the television movie genre, Christie most notably wrote and directed the first movie for the Hallmark Channel that was ever entirely helmed by a female writer/ directer. Further, for 2017 Christie’s television movies all landed on fan favourite lists ranking popularity, which in turn has put Christie in demand on such platforms. Christie has original movies on Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Lifetime, Hallmark, and UpTV. Christie currently has an biography feature film MY MTV, set in the 1970’s, that is being produced by iconic music producer David Foster, and Mary Aloe.

Christie Will Wolf was born in Blue Mountain, Ontario Canada, and was orphaned by the age of fourteen years old. She attended Emerson College in Boston MA, studying Musical Theatre. Later she earned a Bachelor of Arts from The College of Charleston SC in Theatre and Art History. Christie completed her education with a Master of Fine Arts in Film and Creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Notable accolades include being the recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, as well as receiving Best Director awards at various festivals within North America.

Christie is the proud single mother to two daughters.

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For students interested in taking two or more classes per week – Email us for the ActorVan Studios Bundle Discount: or call: 604 805 3291




Week 1: Sept 8 – Raul Inglis

Focus: In my class I am going to focus on the “Onset” acting experience. How you’ll be treated, what is expected of you, and the tricks and an actor can use to survive.

Week 2: Sept 15 – Lucie Guest

Focus: Finding moments that aren’t on the page… bring grounding comedic moments to a romcom MOW and a finding the tone. 

Week 3: Sept 22 – Pete McCormack

Focus: The workshop will be about finding different and original ways to play (and even write) a given scene. We’ll abandon fears of failing as we explore different ways of figuring out our creative intentions. Instead of worrying about doing things “right,” we’ll stretch our imaginations and artistic possibilities.

Week 4: Sept 29 – Jon Rosenbaum

Focus: Comedy, comedy, comedy!  We will dive into the world of all things funny – from understanding the material, to auditioning, to performing…as well as exploring the differences between single camera and multi-cam (sitcom).

Week 5: Oct 6 – Siobhan Devine

Focus: I will talk about how to present yourself in the best light as a day player (guest star). How to make yourself stand out in a good way on set.

Week 6: Oct 20 – Heather Hawthorne Doyle

Focus: Tips and Tricks for audition day including how to pivot when the direction given is very different than what you prepared.

Week 7 Oct 27: – Jesse James Miller

Focus:  I’d like to break down a selected scene, starting from the script (analysis – using “the kernel technique”), then blocking and shooting (simply).  After those steps are done I’d like to play the scene from it’s finalized version (movie selected from) and compare the classes choices. Just a creative practice in choices.

Week 8 Nov 3: – Christie Will Wolf will be here this week

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