About

Professional Acting Studio in Ontario

Professional Acting Studio in Ontario

Star Acting Studios is a professional acting studio that provides coaching and classes to aspiring and seasoned actors. We also provide team building workshops and motivational speaking for the corporate world. Another service we provide is on set chaperoning. We have many solutions for your acting needs.

Our Mission

​Our mission is to help emerging artists and established actors launch successful acting careers. In order for your goals to come to fruition, you need the advantage of learning and training with professional actors who understand the art of acting as well as the industry. Let Star Acting Studios help establish your acting foundation and equip you with the acting tools needed to thrive in this industry.

Our Principles

We are founded on the principles of dedication and persistence. In this Industry, it is imperative to be on top of your craft and have the edge over your competition. Star Acting Studios provides comprehensive services to help actors feel confident about the choices they make when it comes to their careers.

We provide diverse services that focus on a variety of acting tools such as scene study, script analysis, improvisation, breakdown of character, and much more.

Our Expertise

Our primary acting coach has been in the film and television industry since the age of eight. She has had over 25 years of experience on camera and off. Check out IMDB's acting database and discover her impressive acting resume.

When you request her for coaching, you can rest assured that you are getting a professional actress who understands how to bring scripts to life.

Hours of Operation

Our coaching services are by appointment only. Once you have decided on a service, simply email us at info@staractingstudios.com, and we will schedule an appointment.

Registration

Once we have received your request for one of our services via email, we will send you an email confirmation with your appointment and all the details therein. Payment can be made via email transfer to info@staractingstudios.com, or payment can be made in cash.

About Shadia Simmons

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Actress

At the age of eight, Shadia Simmons landed her first role alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the T.V movie: "Moonlight and Valentino." Since then, she has been on countless productions, including hit TV show: "Life with Derek" and numerous Disney movies. Shadia traveled around the world, filming different movies and T.V shows, such as her role in Disney movie Zenon, where she traveled to New Zealand.

She has worked with many celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Goldberg, and Vivica A Fox. She has hosted celebrity charity events such as the 'Make a Wish Foundation' where she was alongside child stars Orlando Brown and Hilary Duff. You can feel confident knowing Shadia Simmons has the acting credentials to influence your career positively.

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Education

Understanding the importance of education, Shadia Simmons obtained her B.A in American History at a private college in New York. She then took her education further and obtained her Master’s in Education.

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Experience with Children

Working with kids has always been her passion. During her academic career, she worked in an urban city school, helping students who could not envision their future.

She also helped run an after-school program for African refugees, as well as a school mentorship program for Grade 12 students looking for post-secondary guidance. Furthermore, Shadia has worked with 'Laurelwood,' a tutoring company providing assistance to children on film sets.

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Teaching Career

With her New York and Ontario teaching certification, Shadia Simmons teaches in Ontario at the High School level. She has worked for Peel Respite, where she worked one on one with students with special needs. She currently runs a successful enrichment program for PLASP and for the Peel District School Board.

Awards

Young Artists of Hollywood Award

For her lead role in: "The Colour of Friendship.

Young Artists of Hollywood Award

For her supporting role in: "In His Fathers Shoes."

Primetime Emmy Award

Won Outstanding Children's Program for: "The Colour of Friendship."

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Mississauga Arts Award - For: "Emerging Performing Artist"

Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award

Nominated for her lead role in: "Dear America."

Check out Shadia Simmons in some of her Film performances!

Testimonials

Karim Butt

Karim Butt

Check out Karim's Roger commercial here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liPcK1izpzA

Mia Burke

Mia Burke

Check out Karim's Roger commercial here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjbsn5qBHfc

Evan Blaylock

Evan Blaylock

Check out Evan in his upcoming appearance on T.V Show:
"Shadow Hunters!" Also look for him as the one of the lead voices on upcoming cartoon: "Little People."

Catie Martucci

Catie Martucci

Jamie Feggi

Jamie Feggi

Check out Jaime Feggi's appearance in the T.V Movie: "Anne of Green Gables."
https://vimeo.com/180925450/874b370791

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FAQ

What is Star Acting Studios?

Star Acting Studios is a professional acting studio that provides coaching and classes to aspiring and seasoned actors. We also provide team building workshops and motivational speaking for the corporate world!

If I want to be on T.V, what should I do first?

We recommend getting a second opinion on where you stand on the acting scale. This will help you save time and money. We also recommend showcasing your acting abilities on an Agent Demo Reel. This demo is your pitch to an agent.

I am going on my first audition, can you help me?

Of course! We recommend getting our "Getting Started Package." It's an informed hour of auditioning techniques, along with other crucial information a novice actor needs to know!

When is the best time to get into the Film and Television Industry?

The best time is when you are ready to pitch yourself to an agent!
Are you confident enough to perform in front of people?
Is your time flexible enough to go to auditions?
Are you ready to start a new career?
If you answered yes to these questions, then you are ready!

Do I need to take classes in order to land a talent agent?

Not necessarily. If you are naturally gifted, than you might be able to bypass acting classes, however, getting a professional opinion and taking classes will give you an edge over your competition.

Also, some talent agents will hire actors solely on their looks for modeling opportunities. In that case, you could bypass acting classes as well, but what will happen when a great speaking role comes your way?

How many classes do I need to take in order to obtain an Agent Demo?

This is totally up to you. We can give you suggestions on the number of classes based on your acting abilities. However, if you feel like you are ready to get an Agent Demo, then let's get to it!

I already have an agent, what do you offer someone in my position?

If you already have an agent and have been on your first audition, we can offer you two things. Firstly, if you have received a request for a self-tape, we can help! Come in, and we will coach and tape. Secondly, if you received sides to memorize, we can help you make creative and effective choices while approaching your lines.

I cannot make it on set with my child. What should I do?

We offer a chaperone service! Our chaperones have been in the industry for many years and understand all the logistics of being on set. We will bring your child to and from a set and will ensure their safety and well-being. We even have chaperones that can coach and tutor!

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel a session for whatever reason, all we ask is a 24-hour notice. We will be happy to move date for you. If you cancel two hours before your appointment, there is a $25 cancellation fee.

If you end up missing your entire session without notice, we have no choice but to charge you the full amount because you are paying for our time. Hopefully, you will give some notice to avoid these necessary penalties.

How does the online assessment work?

If you don't feel comfortable coming in and would still like someone to assess your acting abilities, send your video our way! We will give descriptive feedback and will assess your acting using a comprehensive rubric. We will give you suggestions on how to navigate your future acting career.

Who will be coaching me? Who will be going on set with my child?

Coaching and self-tapes are provided by Shadia Simmons. Our chaperone service is provided by our other professional and knowledgeable staff. Shadia Simmons is available for chaperoning upon request.