About Us

 

Welcome to the Actors’ Training Centre of Manitoba
ATCMB is a place.  A studio.  An environment.  A series of on-going actor training programs designed to make you a better actor.  Like every serious athlete must train, so too, must actors.  Actors who train become better actors.  It’s just that simple.  By enrolling in one of ATCMB’s on-going training programs, you’ll not just become better at what you do – you’ll dramatically increase your chances of working as an actor.

People

The people at ATCMB, whether full-time staff or guest instructor are all highly regarded professionals and actively working in their respective disciplines. This means that the training you will be receiving will be the most up-to-date and state-of-the-art. The general philosophy here at ATCMB is that we consider it a privilege to be able to share knowledge and experience with anyone who has a passion to learn.

“Thank you, Jeff Skinner. Thank you for helping me to become a better Actor.
Originally, I trained at The National Theatre School of Canada.
I have performed in dozens and dozens of plays.
I have done interactive murder mysteries, radio plays, commercials, cartoon voice-overs; I have had a recurring role on a U.S. TV series.
I mention this for context; I came to the Actor’s Training Centre of Manitoba, believing that all I needed was a place to practice my craft.
What I received was much more.
Jeff has given me concrete strategies to deal with audition nerves.
I have improved my ability to analyze text. He has helped me to create distinctive characters, and with his help, in the last two years I have booked more work in Winnipeg than I did in four years in Vancouver. I have rediscovered my love of acting, and a large part of that is due to Jeff’s help.”

Steve Weller – Actor (Vancouver)

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Jeff Skinner

Jeff currently owns and teaches at the Actors’ Training Centre of Manitoba. He is also a Master Practitioner in both Classic Code and New Code Neuro Linguistic Programming.

Jeff’s artistic career is very diverse. He has performed in over forty theatrical productions including Quo Vadis – The Musical, Strike, 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Equus, Damn Yankees, Dracula, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Fiddler on the Roof, The Fantastiks, Irma La Douce. and over 500 musical stage appearances, many of which were with his vocal group, The Argyles.

The Argyles worked nationally, became entertainment ambassadors for Expo ’86 in Vancouver and opened for such groups as Tower of Power, The Neville Brothers and were signed to open for Dionne Warwick.

Jeff has also performed in numerous films and television projects including just-released We Were Children for APTN, Falcon Beach for Global, Less Than Kind for HBO, the feature film Faces in the Crowd, The Big White with Robin Williams, Behind the Scenes: The Mork and Mindy Story where he played Jonathan Winters, The Carol Shields Stories for W, Cowboys & Indians: The Killing of J.J. Harper for C.B.C. and APTN, East of Euclid for Showcase, Scared Silent with Penelope Ann Miller, Brothers, Epiphany Rules for Buffalo Gals Pictures, Scalpers for Super Channel.

Along with his extensive credits, both locally and nationally as a singer, actor, composer, writer, director, producer, in the theatre, film, music, television and commercial industries, Jeff has an extensive background in corporate marketing and event production and holds a client roster which contains such clients as Air Canada, The Winnipeg Convention Centre, Shell Canada Products, City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba, Parks Canada, The Winnipeg Football Club, The United Way, Grey Cup Festival Winnipeg ’91 and ‘98, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada. Great West Life, Celebrate Manitoba 125!.

He went on to create and produce The Festival of Lights Parade and become Event Producer at The Forks helping to produce over 200 events annually including The War Child Concert.

Jeff has also produced three feature films; Taken in Broad Daylight starring James Vanderbeek and Sarah Canning for Lifetime Network in the U.S. and Super Channel in Canada, Black Field starring Sarah Canning of Vampire Diaries for Super Channel and Cowboy Dreams currently in post-production.