Our Story

ActOUT! was founded in 1995 as the KW Children's Drama Workshop in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region of Ontario, Canada by Leslie Gail Hill. Ms. Hill retired as Artistic Director in 2009. From 2009-2016 the organization was managed under the direction of Ms. Deanne Bingleman. In 2017, Todd Vercoe took over the reigns as Artistic Director.

The school of actOUT! was formed as a creative home and theatre training centre for young bodies, minds and spirits. Growing from a handful of students to over 500,  the training school offers classes in:

  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Script writing
  • Singing

Plus  workshops in:

  • Movement
  • Stage Combat
  • Audition Preparation
  • Drama Basics

Plus our ever popular March Break Drama Camp and Summer Day Drama Camps!

ActOUT! productions was formed for aspiring and skilled actors 5-17 years of age.  The company evolved to allow skilled, talented and developing young actors opportunities to perform in professional quality productions.  The company has now staged over 55 productions.


It’s funny how the experience of becoming someone else on stage has allowed my children to discover who they really are at the core.  They have each emerged from this experience with a renewed sense and greater courage to share their unique selves with the world!
— L. Cook
Believe... Belong...Become

Believe... Belong...Become


ActOUT! offers a great opportunity for children to:

  • explore their curiosity of the theatrical arts
  • build a healthy self esteem
  • Develop many life long skills

All provided in a safe, supportive, nurturing and positive environment.

From weekly workshops through to full scale productions actOUT! is the place to go in the Waterloo Region for professional coaching, mentorship and team building in the world of theatre arts.  

Programs are available in various commitment levels to suit your child's needs, experience interests, families available time and financial ability.  


ActOUT! is a member of Theatre Ontario and the Council for Drama and Dance Educators and is a registered non-profit charitable organization.

We're grateful for our connections with:

Community and families can join the journey too through volunteering time and talents in many facets of this fantastic organization

We are honoured that actOUT! won the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 Waterloo Chronicle's Reader's Choice Awards for Live Theatre and Local Entertainers.

We are honoured to be nominated for the Record Reader Award for 2017 in the categories of Favourite Kids Camp. Thanks to all that voted for us! We will let you know  the results of the voting in November.


ActOUT! graciously acknowledges the support and affiliation of the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo. 

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