The Vancouver Playhouse closed its doors for good this year, but as with every death, there comes new life.

Railtown Actors Studio is the brainchild of acclaimed acting instructor, director and writer Kate Twa and award-winning actor, instructor, writer John Cassini.

They say they are thrilled to announce the launch of a 3,500 square-foot facility, an initiative of the non-profit Railtown Theatre and Film Society, on July 13, 2012 in Gastown, one of Vancouver's most creative neighbourhoods.

“We aim to reach more actors with the highest-quality training and mentorship, while continuing to develop theatre and film productions," said Da Vinci’s Inquest star Cassini, a lifetime member of the respected Actors Studio (whose current Co-Presidents are Al Pacino, Ellen Burstyn and Harvey Keitel).

The Studio will offer classes in subjects of scene study, on-camera, voice, Shakespeare, improv and rehearsal technique. There will be a young artists program, private coaching, audition taping services, invited play readings, special guest speakers and instructors, and original productions, in following the society's general mandate to develop new works in both theatre and film.
“This kind of environment is an exceptional opportunity both for new actors and seasoned veterans, to create a home base for their work and developing projects," continued Cassini.

It has always been my ambition to create an environment in the spirit of the Actors Studio where business politics disappear and the only thing that matters is the work and the artist. It was obvious to me that Kate had created such an environment at Cucumber and now with the formation of Railtown we hope  to take it even further. I think with losing the Vancouver Playhouse this year it's more important than ever to develop this society, this space, especially knowing how much hungry talent exists in this city." 
Railtown will be holding its official launch party on Friday, July 13, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The evening will include cocktails, appetizers, special guests and treats from Memento Cakes.