ACTORS, DIRECTORS & CASTING DIRECTORS ENDORSE THE FOUNDRY
Cobie Smulders | IMDB Pro file
How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I have worked privately with Matthew on several projects and he is truly a master of the text. He knows how to break down every speech and scene and make it work best for you.
Cameron Crowe | IMDB Pro file
Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, We Bought A Zoo, Vanilla Sky
Matthew Harrison came highly recommended as an acting coach, and now I see why. His work on Roadies was unbelievably good. He clearly knows his stuff. Because of Matthew’s work, our lead actor’s performance was powerful and nuanced, with dialogue full of dynamics, and with a deep emotional undertone. He instilled an amazing learning curve in the actor. We were grateful to have Matthew on set. I am a big fan…and I look forward to working with him again!
Ron White | IMDB Pro file
Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Horrible Bosses, Sex and the City 2
That Cameron Crowe chose Matthew Harrison to be my acting coach was the luckiest break in a long time. My acting in ROADIES is all because of him and and because of his extraordinary process and his magic with script. Matthew’s brilliant. Gave my character heart. Made me get real. AND I noticed that it did really improve my stage performance. My stand up. It kinda woke me up a little bit, got me really connected to my audience, and I felt I was finding some real humanity I never touched before. Matthew is unbelievably good at what he does. He’s like a doctor: he cares, he’s patient, and he’ll fix you!
Rufus Sewell | IMDB Pro file
Dark City, A Knight’s Tale, The Illusionist, The Holiday
Matthew is a talented coach… with great instinct and with the natural discretion and timing that is so essential working on set. I know I benefitted from his ability and understanding in all these areas. I should also like to add he’s great fun to hang out with and I look forward to working with him again.
Brandon Jay McLaren | IMDB Pro file
Graceland, The Killing, Being Erica, She’s The Man
Matthew has a masterful knowledge of the craft. and the intellect and insight to push you to the next level and get you working.
Daniel Cudmore | IMDB Pro file
X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2, The Twilight Saga
When I came to the Actor’s Foundry i was very guarded. I never really trusted myself to just be, to trust in, and do the work because I was worried about judgement. When I came here, the judgement disappeared. I started to trust myself, and do the work. It gave me confidence, which was what I was searching for. I got all the ‘glass walls’ out of the way, became much more vulnerable. I realized, “I’m not going to get judged. Everyone’s here to do the same thing.” That’s when my confidence started to grow.
Karen Holness | IMDB Pro file
Cashing In, Once Upon A Time, Psych, Arrow, Fringe, jPod, Chicago
I had come to study with Matthew just at the right time to take my work and success to another level – and I am now THE LEAD ACTOR OF A SERIES due to Matthew’s coaching! Having studied at American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, and with Larry Moss and Ivana Chubbuck in Los Angeles, I can say that Matthew Harrison’s teaching is definitely on par with them all and that he deserves to be placed in the same group with these great teachers. Matthew is easily the best teacher that I have come across in Canada. I can always draw on Matthew’s gifts which include a vast knowledge of script analysis and character development coupled with his compassionate insight into the human experience, and I am now confident that I will be able to ATTAIN the goals that I have set for myself. So incredibly grateful for your dedication, Matthew. Thank you.
Gary Harvey | IMDB Pro file
Producer, Director (Arctic Air, Cold Squad, Cedar Cove)
The Actor’s Foundry is a tremendous fertile environment for actors of all levels. Matthew and Jeb succeed in bridging the craft and business of acting, making the big picture easier to see. I will continue to recommend Actors Foundry to anyone interested in doing something inspiring for their careers.
Anne Wheeler | IMDB Pro file
Filmmaker, Director, Writer
Thank you for introducing me to the Actor’s Foundry – I love what you are doing and teaching there. I really think it’s an exciting idea and exactly what should be happening in Vancouver. The better we get at what we do, the more it’s worth in dollars and sense.
Stuart Aikins | IMDB Pro file
Casting Director (Continuum, True Justice, The Killing, Human Target, Stargate SG-1, Reaper, Unforgiven, Elf, Stargate: Atlantis)
Every time I work with the Foundry, I am constantly impressed by how committed the actors are. They confront their fears and take huge leaps of faith, resulting in work that improves beyond their expectations. It’s not lost on me that confronting an established Casting Director of 35 years, like me, who is partly responsible for their future takes guts. These actors have guts in spades. I can only thank the skills of their acting teachers and especially Matthew Harrison who strives on a daily basis to improve the lot of the actors in this community. The dedication of his self and his teachers is a rarity in this business that should be truly appreciated.
Carrie Wheeler | IMDB Pro file
President, Carrie Wheeler Entertainment
The Actor’s Foundry is hands down *the* destination that I send my professional teen and adult actors to. Whether they are just starting out of the gate or seasoned veterans, Actor’s Foundry has the perfect coach to push them through their own personal barriers and, ultimately, book the job. At the end of the day, the actors are stronger, more confident, and have the leg up on their competition. In addition, The Actor’s Foundry is an exemplary supporter of all of their students and the acting community in general. They go above and beyond, helping cast, produce, direct, provide space, support and exposure for their students to create their own material, either on camera or on stage. I know of no other school that does this outside of the classroom.
Natasha Trisko | IMDB Pro file
Owner, Trisko Talent Management Inc.
Matthew is the best in the city and is highly regarded by all in the film industry. Many of my actors train and coach with him and the results have always been extremely positive.
Talent Agent, Premiere Talent Managment
Matthew has taught many of my talent. Everyone consistently raves about the honest passion and commitment he has to every individual. I have noticed a marked improvement in confidence levels and vision. These positives are essential to me as an agent. His knowledge of the reality of the business mixed with savvy advice, also gives the students a real insight to the biz. I think his influence, not only provides technical benefits, but also those of a true mentor.
Paul Weber | IMDB Pro file
Casting Director, Weber Casting
The Actor’s Foundry has a terrific professional program. It’s reassuring to know that Vancouver has such a nurturing place for actors to grow in their craft.
Candice Elzinga | IMDB Pro file
Owner, Candice Elzinga Casting Inc.
A passionate teacher, Matthew’s energetic style challenges his students to take risks, provoking strong choices that translate into well rounded and empowered work.
Lisa Beach | IMDB Pro file
Casting Director (Wedding Crashers, Horrible Bosses, We’re The Millers, Walk The Line, V, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)
I have so much respect for what Matthew and the Actor’s Foundry are doing — they are consummate professionals who give the actors extraordinary training and and experience. I was wowed by what I saw, and really look forward to coming back to the Actor’s Foundry again…it’s an amazing training ground for any serious Artist.
Deborah Gillam-Harry | IMDB Pro file
Entertainment Coach, Fast Forward Coaching
Matthew is simply a breath of “Fresh Air” when it comes to teaching and coaching – all our clients who
have spent time with Matthew in his classes have secured great roles – and all have told me that Matthew gave them the insight they needed to make a solid decision to go into the audition room and book the role…. that’s why I support Matthew…he really gives our clients the tools to work with to book the work.
Partner, PLAY Management Inc.
I have been an agent for over six years and I’ve had the pleasure of working with Matthew in various capacities. I refer clients in different stages of their careers to learn and coach with Matthew often because of the comfortable and unique learning environment he provides and because of the results that are produced. The response from my actors and actresses alike is always positive and they always look forward to continuing their training with him.
Dylan Maher | IMDB Pro file
Talent Agent, Trisko Talent Management Inc
I never hesitate to refer Matthew for both coaching and class, I love his style and results. I’ll always refer all things Foundry to my clients.
Tara Wilson | IMDB Pro file
Law & Order, Snuffed Out, Pinero, Frame of Mind, Motive,
Matthew’s passionate and encouraging coaching and teaching has been an integral part of my growth as an artist and as a professional. Matthew understands actors. He empowers us to honor the script and find the truth in every scene. His technique is clear and simple, and he consistently breaks down barriers to get actors to the next level. I trust his expertise and will work with him every chance I get.
Jacqueline Ann Steuart | IMDB Pro file
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, V, Fringe, Flight 93, In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale
Having Matthew as a coach is like having a secret weapon. He cuts right through to the core of every scene with script analysis so precisely…even the worst of scripts becomes ‘act’-able. I can audition with confidence knowing that I fully understand the text. Matthew’s skill as an acting coach coupled with his compassionate, honest and generous nature makes him a pure gem of a coach and human being!
Bronwen Smith | IMDB Pro file
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Gunless, Love Seat, The Killing, Supernatural,
Matthew is an incredibly passionate, enthusiastic and focused teacher. His tremendous skills and experience as an actor, director and writer inform his teaching. He is demanding yet encouraging and he always provides his students with a safe environment in which to learn and explore. He asks his students to ask more of themselves.
Alexis Kellum-Creer | IMDB Pro file
The Returned, Supernatural, Stargate: Atlantis, The L Word
Matthew, I wanted to say thank so much for letting me (and the rest of us auditors) sit in on your amazing class last night – it was an incredible night of acting. It is always such a shot in the arm to see the extraordinary commitment of your actors, and your own energy and dynamism. You are unfailingly generous with your passions and insight, which provides such terrific inspiration to the gifted actors who seek you out! This whole community is hugely fortunate to have you sharing your generosity with us. Thank you for all you do.
Michael Karl Richards | IMDB Pro file
The Big Year, Supernatural, Bringing Ashley Home, SGU Stargate Universe, V, Smallville,
Lying to Be Perfect
Matthew’s classes have been instrumental in my development as a professional actor. I look forward to his workshops where I know that I’ll find the creative and energized environment Matthew facilitates with his positive approach to teaching. Matthew’s scene analysis makes coaching with him for an audition or a role a joy as he is always able to simplify the scenes in order to find the true objective and then he uses his acute sense of what makes people tick to find how that objective relates specifically to my life. He has been one of the guiding forces in my career since I met him and I feel lucky to have found someone like him to work with.
Colby Johannson | IMDB Pro file
Freddy vs. Jason, Final Destination 3, Fringe, Iron Golem, Reaper, Battlestar Galactica, The Colt
Matthew’s coaching has played an important part in the development of my career. He’s a master at script analysis and has the uncanny ability to uncover the true meaning beneath the text. Team that with his understanding of the human psyche and his passion to give his students the tools they need to give their best performance is unmatched and that’s why I keep going back.
Giles Panton | IMDB Pro file
If I Stay, Damage, Voodoo, Max Steel, Supernatural, Smallville, Human Target
Matthew brings a joy and levity to the classroom that is rare these days. He’s created an atmosphere rife with discovery, debate and exploration that leaves you feeling accomplished and compelled to work harder. His clear and succinct methods of script analysis coupled with intense knowledge of the human psyche provide a refreshing insight into the art behind our craft. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with Matthew Harrison.
Tracy Spiridakos | IMDB Pro file
Revolution, Being Human, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Hellcats,
The L Word, Supernatural
Matthew has given me the tools and knowledge to confidently go out and tackle my career. His love for teaching, along with his passion and skill for this craft, is absolutely inspirational. I have found the Actor’s Foundry to be a place each actor can call their own. Matthew has inspired me not only as an actress but as a person, to chase after my dreams, believe in myself, and succeed.
Leah Gibson | IMDB Pro file
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Watchmen, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Rogue, Arctic Air, Caprica
The sense of community here was just something i responded to…you can’t go about this in any way alone and at the same time you can’t expect or hope that anyone will do the work for you so that being said it’s just so important to surround yourself with people that hold you accountable, that encourage the discipline, that live the discipline and accountability themselves. Community is just so important…how would I have had any of these answers and how would I have lived any of them myself so far if it hadn’t been for the Actor’s Foundry? I don’t know…
Christopher Shyer | IMDB Pro file
V, CSI, Cold Squad, The Practice, The Core, Along Came A Spider, The Invitation, K-9: P.I.
Work was good, but I needed to push my potential in auditions. Matthew took me to the limits of my understanding of story and text. Like magic, he clearly and articulately spells out script analysis, seeing things others don’t, and then unblocks your personal walls so you hurl yourself into your scenes.
Anthony Konechny | IMDB Pro file
Fifty Shades of Grey, Godzilla, Witches of East End, Almost Human
I wanted to take the time to send out my utmost gratitude for Matthew and the Actor’s Foundry. I began studying with Matthew about 3 ½ years ago, and I can definitely say he has taken both my craft and ability to the next level. But more so, my confidence in and throughout the work. He is an exceptionally intellectual, passionate teacher, that breaks down the craft of acting, to very specific, and understandable tools that any actor, at any level, can make applicable. I was very grateful to work with Matthew who coached me on my most recent film. Where we took an incredibly challenging and emotional role, and created a dynamic arc and levels with the character throughout the film. I’ve always been amazed at watching Matthew teach, and thoroughly enjoyed even just auditing his classes. The way he handles his actors, while instructing, separates him from the rest. Putting up a scene in class, performing, can be quite nerve racking for some, and puts them in an incredibly vulnerable place, open to self-destruction and embarrassment. But I’ve always been blown away with his incredible concentration, patience, and such a genuine heart. His notes are extremely nurturing for a growing actor, and therefore are able to make a positive and EMPOWERING impact. So many times have I seen teachers, who ‘yes’ know the answers, and what needed to be fixed or improved on. But they don’t know ‘how’ to get across the idea and lesson in an empowering way! At no given point do I believe an actor should ever leave a class feeling crappy about themselves. With Matthew, you’ll leave with your homework, but feel optimistic and motivated to do the work. Which I think is KEY and imperative. So for that, thank-you.