Photo by George Qua-Enoo
by Tyler Fish
Aspiring young actors, presenters, and film aficionados in Hamilton can finally learn the essentials of acting at the Hamilton Film Centre.
The HFC is the brainchild of two Crown Point residents: Juno Rinaldi and Shaun Smyth. Juno came up with the content for a six-week acting course while working as a shoe-shiner in Toronto between acting gigs. Held at the Theatre Aquarius gym and presented by Luke Brown, the course sold out quickly, showing the considerable demand for this type of programming in Hamilton. Juno and Shaun first met through a mutual friend at a Christmas party. When they ran into each other again at the Stoney Creek pool, they agreed to partner and run the new HFC.
They certainly have the experience. Juno, who had her first leading role while still in Grade 12, currently stars as Frankie on the new CBC hit Workin’ Moms. Shaun has more than 20 years of acting experience spread over a wide variety of shows and plays. He stars as Theo Fleury in Playing With Fire, an award-winning one-man show that is performed entirely on skates.
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