TORONTO BASED ACTOR & COACH

Sharon McFarlane

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Whether you are looking for help in preparing for a film/tv audition, to develop your on-camera skills, work on self-tapes, or need guidance wherever you’re at, my coaching services will help you to ignite your acting career.

About Me

As a professional actor and teacher, I bring over 30 years of experience to my work.  I am a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta as well as having a diploma from Sheridan College in Performance Arts.  

My theatre work has taken me across the country.  After theatre school, I worked at theatres in Edmonton including the Citadel Theatre, Catalyst Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Chinook Theatre, Rough Theatre as well as the inaugural seasons of the Free Will Players.  There was lots of fun in the early days of the Edmonton Fringe Festival where I worked on new and old plays and toured “Geeks In Love” by Jeffrey Hirschfield to the Vancouver International Comedy Festival.  After moving back to Ontario, I worked at Sudbury Theatre Centre (Dancing at Lughnasa, As You Like It), Magnus Theatre (Transit of Venus), Theatre in the Rough (Cymbeline), Thousand Islands Playhouse/Piggery Theatre (Thirteen Hands) as well as the Stratford Festival where I understudied Portia in The Merchant of Venice, played Lily in A Fitting Confusion and earned a Guthrie Award.  More recently I have appeared at the wonderful Port Stanley Festival Theatre in The Ladies Foursome and Lunenburg, both by Norm Foster.  It was a thrill and honour to play Blanche in the world premiere of Meet My Sister by Bonnie Green which was a co-production between Western Canada Theatre Company and Theatre Northwest.

Some favourite film and television experiences include playing Helen Donovan in the Academy Award winning film Spotlight with Liev Shreiber, Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and John Slattery; spending the day with Cate Blanchett and Sarah Paulson in Mrs. America; a recurring role in Saving Hope and being part of Flowers of the Field which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2020.  Other equally exciting film/tv projects include:  Murdoch Mysteries, Flashpoint, Hemlock Grove, The Girlfriend Experience, American Gods, People of Earth, Suits, Salvation, Girl in the Bunker, Hot Zone, The Toll, Saving Alex, Becky.  

When not working in film, television, and theatre, I have extensive experience as an acting instructor for both theatre and film.  My connection to Young People’s Theatre goes back many years and I spent many Saturdays and summers instructing kids of all ages in theatre classes and camps.  I have been a guest artist with the Toronto District School Board as a drama artist in the classroom.  Currently, I teach on-camera acting techniques to children, teens, and adults at Armstrong Acting Studios as well as at Randolph College for the Performing Arts here in Toronto.  Working with students at all levels of their development informs my work as an actor and vice versa.  

I live in Toronto with my husband Gary and our two adult children, Jamie & Bethany.

Coming Soon

Drive, by Gary Brennan

 

 

Drive, by Gary Brennan

DRIVE is a fantasy drama webisode series in which Charlie Rhodes dies in a car accident, and wakes ‘from a coma’ met by a Doctor who releases Charlie back among the living to prevent the passengers he taxis in his DRIVE car from making a destructive mistake at the crossroads of their life.

Pilot Episode #2:  A-list actress Cassandra (Sharon McFarlane) is having a bad day.  First, she bolts from a high-pressure press conference, then dupes Charlie into thinking she’s his intended client, and finally learns her college-aged daughter wants little to do with her.  How do you heal a broken relationship you never gave a chance to grow?

Stay Tuned

 

 

Toronto based actor & coach

Sharon McFarlane