The Training Group


Session 1: Strengthening The Actor’s Process with Nancy Palk

Exploring Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

It’s #SpringTraining time and we’re thrilled to kick off The Howland Company’s newest initiative – The Training Group. 

  • The Training Group is an opportunity for actors, both emerging and established, to explore seminal plays in an intimate training group setting guided by one of Toronto’s leading theatre artists.

Actor, Director, Educator – Nancy Palk

Join us this Spring for the first session in this exciting new training series, as we explore Henrik Ibsen’s explosive modern classic A Doll’s House. The Training Group aims to integrate advanced scene study while engaging participants in active dialogue focusing on exploration and strengthening the actor’s rehearsal process. We are honoured to begin the series under the guidance of one of the country’s leading actors, directors, and educators, Nancy Palk.

The intensive 12 hour Training Group session will be set up over three Mondays with a week break in between the second and final week.

Session Breakdown:

Upon receiving confirmation of enrollment, participants will be given casting breakdowns for scenes throughout A Doll’s House.

Week 1: Setting the Stage—actors will be guided through the practice of breaking down scenes, gain insight into Ms. Palk’s tools for entering a rehearsal process involving Classical Text, and begin guided rehearsal on their scenes.

Week 2: Rehearsal in Process—actors will participate in, and observe, additional guided rehearsal, continuing to explore the scenes while working towards a run-through with a focus on building active rehearsal tools and techniques.

Week 3: Rehearsal in Performanceactors will shift their focus towards performance this week with a final session rehearsing and performing their scenes, before being given time to work with Ms. Palk on a classical, modern-classic, or contemporary monologue of their choosing.

This is the first in an exciting new training series held twice a year.


  • Monday May 15th: 6-10pm
  • Monday May 22nd:  7-11pm 
  • Monday May 29th: WEEK OFF
  • Monday June 5th: 6-10pm

Price: $375

Morning Glory Discount Deadline April 26th at 5pm: $300

Early Bird Discount Deadline May 3rd at 5pm: $325

Final Deadline to apply is Monday May 8th at 5pm.

About Nancy Palk

Nancy has been performing and teaching in Toronto for 35 years. She is a Founding Member of Soulpepper Theatre, having performed in The Testament of Mary, A Tender Thing, Spoon River, the Crucible, Angels in America, Ghosts, Death of a Salesman, Glass Menagerie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Hamlet, A Winter’s Tale, King Lear. Her directing credits at Soulpepper include White Biting Dog, True West and The Gigli Concert, and a new adaptation of Dicken’s short story The Chimes. Nancy has performed at Tarragon, Canadian Stage, Nightwood, across Canada, at Stratford and Shaw, and in NYC at Theatre for A New Audience as Lady Macbeth and New York Shakespeare Festival as Elizabeth opposite Denzel Washington’s Richard III. She has taught at NTS, Humber, George Brown, Tarragon and The Soulpepper Academy. Her most recent film work includes Keeley and Du, The Other Half and a recurring role on the TV series Rogue.

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who applied!

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