Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

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The Art of Presentations

Put Your Ideas Centre Stage

Confident and captivating communication.



Matthew MacFadzean

headshot of Matthew MacFadzean, instructor at McMaster University Continuing Education

Matthew MacFadzean is an award-winning actor, writer and producer in film, tv, and theatre. He has acted on most stages across Canada including Shaw, Stratford, and Soulpepper. He has a degree in literature from McGill University and certificates from the National Theatre School of Canada and the Canadian Film Centre. 

Matthew has had ten of his plays produced, including The Mill and richardthesecond, both published by Playwrights Canada Press. He has written for kids' tv and had several projects in development with notable production companies and networks. His first film, "Dorothy's Secret," toured festivals and can now be seen on CBC'S Canadian Reflections. He has received commissions, residencies and awards, including New York’s Fox Foundation Award and his original series Free Space has been optioned by Aircraft Pictures.

Stacy Smith

headshot of Stacy Smith, instructor at McMaster University Continuing EducationStacy Smith is an actor, arts educator and acting coach. Stacy has been a professional actor for over 20 years, working in theatres throughout the country and also has worked extensively in television and on film, with recurring roles on TV in “Rookie Blue” as Zoe Shaw and “Sex & Violence” alongside Olympia Dukakis. She was nominated for a Genie award for her work in the film “New Waterford Girl”.

Stacy has taught various aspects of performance, including acting, voice,
improvisation and shadow play at various schools, theatre schools and universities. Since moving to Stratford, ON, she has worked with The Bach Festival of Canada, Playmakers Theatre School, Arts Express, The Foundation for Education and Dimensions in Dance where she currently teaches, and co-created the Triple Threat Program and the successful Get Connected Program.

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Professional Theatre Aquarius instructors will facilitate each week of the program.