Our Story

Once upon a time there was a young man who was dreadfully afraid to speak in public. Cotton mouth, shaky voice, trembling hands; he experienced nerves in all their awful glory. He hoped business school would equip him with strong public speaking skills, but after finishing his degree, his fear remained. Like a stubborn stain. 


Throughout his business studies he felt drawn to the dramatic arts. So he started taking acting classes to try to end his fear and to satisfy this growing curiosity. Curiosity gave way to passion and soon he found himself training at one of the most renowned drama schools in the world: The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), in London, England.


Two years of intense, full-time drama training stretched him in some very deep ways. It was life-changing. He fell even deeper in love with language, literature, and performance. He grew a deep respect, admiration, and fondness for several teachers for their generous and encouraging teaching methods. He experienced first-hand the transformational power of the training and its potential to bring great beauty, depth, and richness to life. 


Empowered, confident, and skilled from the training, he left determined to make a difference with his new skills. He moved back to Vancouver, BC to pursue new adventures. Shortly afterwards, while jogging along the mighty Fraser River, he had a lightbulb moment. Images of his beloved teachers came flooding to him and he suddenly felt inspired by the idea of teaching these life-changing skills to others. 


He began to develop and teach new public speaking classes at a private educational centre to see if teaching was a good fit. It turned out he loved it. His passion for teaching grew stronger with every class he taught. Hoping to make more of an impact in the community by offering more comprehensive speech and drama training he caught a vision to start his own organization.


Spurred on by his budding passion for teaching and the speech and drama art forms, he created The Art of Speech and Drama to help become more confident and compelling communicators and performers We aspire to be a supportive and encouraging haven for great artistic inspiration, exploration, and expression. A place for learning, connecting, and sharing. We are happily mobile, so you can learn in the comfort and convenience of your own home (or office), provided there's an appropriate space to use. We are located in Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC, Canada, but we also offer online lessons for distance learners.


Whether you’re just learning english as a second language, or terrified to speak in public, or a seasoned professional communicator or performer, we can help you enhance your communication and performance skills. We'll help you explore your creativity, express yourself confidently, connect with, engage, and inspire your listeners. Our speech and drama training is challenging and requires commitment, passion, and perseverance, but it’s worth it. If you’re up for it, we’d love to work with you. You won’t regret it. 

Chad Ellis

Founder / Head Tutor

Speech & Drama Training

Developing confident & compelling communicators & performers