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William B. Davis has been teaching acting for fifty years. His first teaching assignments were with major British theatre schools; The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the mid-sixties he returned to Canada to The National Theatre School of Canada serving for one year as Assistant Artistic Director and for four years as Artistic Director. In the early seventies alongside his position as Artistic Director of Festival Lennoxville he was an Associate Professor of Drama at Bishop's University. Later, on returning to Toronto he worked as a freelance teacher for Tarragon Theatre and Canadian Actors' Equity before taking a teaching position at Humber College where he remained for three years until professional commitments conflicted.


In 1985 Davis moved to Vancouver BC to head The Vancouver Playhouse Acting School and from there went on to found and run The William Davis Centre for Actors' Study. The William Davis Centre operated at the famous corner of Hornby and Helmcken Street in Vancouver for fifteen years. When his acting commitments began to take all his time, Davis sold the school which has subsequently become part of VanArts where he still teaches from time to time.


Read about William's new book On Acting... and life.

Donald Sutherland
Brian Cox

Both as a teacher and director of young actors, William has had an influence on:


Brian Cox

Donald Sutherland

Jackie Burroughs

Diane D’Aquila

Blair Brown

RH Thompson

David Ferry

Lally Cadeau

Neil Munro

Miles Potter

Lucy Lawless

Greg Wanless

Susan Hogan

Michael Hogan

Garry Davey

Lucy Lawless

William MacDonald


And countless others

William B. Davis still loves to teach and to do workshops across Canada. Contact us for more info.

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William has taught at:





National Theatre School of Canada

Saidye Bronfman Centre

Bishops’ University

Tarragon Theatre

Equity Showcase

Humber College

George Brown College

Vancouver Playhouse School

William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study



As well as workshops in Newfoundland, Manitoba, Alberta, and France

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