Founder | Lead Instructor
Brad’s passion for performing goes back to him dancing on skis in the late 1970’s. A driven athlete that overcame life threatening asthma to become a national champion skier by age 19. That same kind of drive shaped the future for him with 30 years in show business as a producer, creator and coach with 280+ acting assignments in the past 30 years along with 20 successful years as a coach and mentor. Brad has guided more than 1300 students in classes, workshops, seminars, bootcamps and in private sessions in the U.S. and Canada. Overseeing the day to day operations at Milne Studio, he has worked from concept to completion on feature films, TV-Pilots, commercial campaigns, corporate video libraries and more. His coaching of others started in sports in the late 70’s when he guided freestyle skiers to championship levels through his training camps. Less than a decade later he applied his coaching skills to businesses where he helped foster success for individuals and companies of all sizes through sales, business development and strategic consulting. From saving troubled tech companies, to inventing interface technologies, to eventually being LA County territory manager for one of southern California’s leading videoconferencing distance learning audiovisual integrators. Brad’s combined experiences lead him to understanding many elements of running an innovative and successful acting school. His history and exposure to the use of video conferencing technologies specifically related to creating the highest quality learning environment started 20-years ago. Today, his Toronto studio is pretty much a production tv/film set that can adapt to all of his student’s needs. From these combined experiences Brad brings a holistic understanding of the entrepreneurial, artistic, interpersonal, technological and goal targeted aspects of the acting career and its intricate craft. In the five and half years since the Toronto studio has been open he’s directly coached over 700 actors in well over 900 classes. Milne Studio now brings the world a Virtual Acting Conservatory where actors can enroll in classes a la carte in the professional program or enroll in a 4-month certificate program through our sister company, Toronto Acting School.
Acting Instructor | Audition Program
After doing Stand-up and Sketch comedy for 4 years, Jason became an Actor back in 1993. Quickly realizing the need for professional training, he auditioned for, and earned a master’s degree from the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute of Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard, also known as A.R.T. He then continued to study On Camera Acting for the next 25 years from some of the best teachers in New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto.
Jason is very lucky to have worked on numerous plays by great authors, with great directors, primarily in New York, Boston, and here in Toronto. He is also equally grateful to have been the lead in Television series and had important recurring roles in others. He has worked on over 100 other television and film projects. He currently has a recurring role in the upcoming Netflix Series “Grand Army”. He just finished shooting the miniseries “The Green Room” with Jeff Daniels. Hopefully, when we return to normal life, he can continue his work on the movie Flint Strong by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight). He is truly honored to be part of Milne Acting Studios, and the special atmosphere of respect and growth created Brad Milne.
Script Writing Instructor
Since 1982 Lee has written, directed and produced over sixty features, some of which have spawned profitable and entertaining sequels such as the perennial teen favorite Ski School. He cast stars in their first feature film roles. Notable credits include Woman Wanted starring Kiefer Sutherland and Holly Hunter, Fun, which won two Special Jury Awards at Sundance and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards and King of Sorrow, a provocative exploration of forgiveness and damnation, which premiered at the World Film Festival in Montreal and won Best Actor and Best Actress at the AOF Pasadena Film Festival. The Poet, released as Hearts of War, a love story set in Poland in 1939 between a German Officer and the daughter of rabbi. The film won Best Director at the Staten Island New York Film Festival and won Best Cinematography at the Boston International Film Festival.
Then he developed and wrote Sacrifice. Lee directed Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. in the film along with Christian Slater, Kim Coates and Devon Bostick. During the same time period he did the indie comedy Hit It. He wrote and directed A Dark Truth for SONY, starring Academy Award Nominee Andy Garcia, Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker, Eva Longoria, Kim Coates, Devon Bostick and Debroah Kara Unger, Break Out starring Brendan Fraser, Dominic Purcell, star of the hit series Prison Break, and Ethan Suplee for SONY; A Fighting Man for SONY. The film stars James Caan, Dominic Purcell, Kim Coates, Famke Janssen, Lou Gossett Jr., Adam Beach. He recently co-wrote and directed the successful family film Ice Girls and served as Production Consultant on the TV Series When Calls the Heart. Lee is currently developing the period dramatic/action series, set in 1710, Four Kings, which has received considerable financial help from Telefilm; Get Sideways, the youth oriented dramatic/action series shooting in L.A. and Toronto; and he’s scheduled to shoot Pray for Me, a theosophical horror film the fall of 2019. He is also currently developing the feature film Terezin which deals with the concentration camp choir that performed Verdi’s Requiem opera for the Nazi high command on June 23, 1944.
Teen Acting Instructor
Raechel has been a passionate actor and arts educator for over ten years. She began acting at a young age which eventually progressed to her earning a BFA in the York University Acting Conservatory program. After graduation, she launched into her first professional performance in Canadian Stage’s Shakespeare in High Park in their productions of Hamlet (directed by Birgit Schreyer Duarte) and All’s Well That End’s Well (directed by Ted Witzel). Since then, she has done several short films, Fringe productions (Montreal, London, Toronto), musicals and commercials. Most recently, Raechel had just finished a production of Oh What A Lovely War at Hart House Theatre and was just about to begin rehearsals on her first opera with Mightier Productions. Alongside her acting work, Raechel feeds her love for arts education by directing, writing and choreographing a variety of children’s theatre in the GTA for a variety of ages. She also extends her passion to chaperoning young actors’ onset and in theatre. Raechel looks forward to getting back to work and adjusting to the new challenges coming our way! She hopes that through her classes, she can provide a space where young actors can find their strength and engage with their sense of play—even if that means falling on their faces a few times! She feels so excited and lucky to be able to join such an incredibly driven group of actors at Milne’s Studio.
Voice & Body Presence Instructor
Matthew (he/him/his) is thrilled to be joining the faculty of Milne Studios. Matthew is a sought-out educator who’s currently on faculty at York University, Randolph College for the Performing Arts, University of Toronto Hart House, and the Moving Voice Institute (Associate). Creator of @bodypresenceworkshop, Matthew passionately integrates holistic practices with artistic processes in a movement-based pedagogy refining the interplay between internal sensations with external gestures. Simply, how can an actor feel their words while moving through text with authentic impulse, breath, and connection to the present moment. Matthew is the executive board chair of lbs/sq” performance, a 200-hr. certified yogi, and holds an M.F.A. in Performance with an emphasis on Teaching (voice) from York University. As a performer, his body of work spans from Broadway (Tony nominated JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Dance Captain), Off-Broadway (ZORBA, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS), The Stratford Festival (CAMELOT, JCS), National Tours (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), Transcendence Theatre Company (Zach, A CHORUS LINE – B’way World SF nomination), Theatre Rusticle (Flute/Thisbe, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Dora nomination), and many regional theaters across Canada & the US. Selected Director/Choreographer credits: BROADWAY UNDER THE STARS (Transcendence Theatre Company, Sonoma CA), 4TH OF JULY SYMPHONY CELEBRATION (Green Music Center, Santa Rosa CA), SOUL KITCHEN (Joe’s Pub NYC, Choreographer), PROM QUEEN (The Grand, Associate), and CHELSEA SUNRISE (Theatre Sheridan, Assistant). Matthew’s classes are dynamic and engaging and as an educator, his call to action is to draw out the authentic presence of each individual he works with. In the spirit of collaboration, let’s honour the present moment only to inspire and move into future potential.
Stan Wong was born in Singapore, lived in Malaysia, England and later moved to the U.S. at the age of 15. As a young adult, Stan worked with his family in property development. He moved to NYC in 2009 to pursue opportunities in the tech industry. This is when he began exploring his creative side and started writing. He expanded his network into film and became more involved in the motion picture industry. He was captivated by the work of writers, and directors. He began his career in production in 2009, writing his first screenplay.
Stan made his first film "Lonely" in 2010 and immediately fell in love with the craft. He decided to dedicate more of his time to film, establishing his company, Infinite Fountain Productions llc., in 2014. Shooting commercials and short films for clients and other filmmakers, he learned everything he could about writing, directing and producing. Biding his time till he was confident that he could make a film that was compelling, interesting, paced well and with fully developed characters, "Departure" was written in 2014 with several rewrites and help from professional writers. It will be Stan's first feature film.