VANESSA LYNN RANCOURT
Vanessa is an extraordinary mixture between artist and entrepreneur. She started House of Actors in 2016 and has grown it to be one of Montreal’s most coveted hot spots for young artists looking to better their craft and network with the industry’s elite.
In addition to managing the company, Vanessa wrote and directed the play ACT-TITUDE for its world premiere at the Fringe St-Ambroise Festival in Montreal in 2019. As an actress, she performed in Los Angeles in front of agents, directors, producers, casting directors such as APRIL WEBSTER, CAA, WME, UTA, MARK CANTON, KENNY ORTEGA and many more. After training under the direction of renowned coach Bernard Hiller, Vanessa learned the technique of the Art of Being. Vanessa has established relationships with the Hollywood elite and is now proud to share the benefits with her students.
Simon is a cinematographer, a “painter of light” whom in five short years has made a name for himself as a great Director of Photography.
A Native of the region, he has worked with Vanessa from the very beginning of House of Actors. From promo videos to trip videos in L.A, Simon does it all. He also does high-profile commercial projects.
He shoots all of the material the company uses for it’s website, social media and clients. Give him a camera, a light-source and a vision and he will make you exactly what you desire if not better. A long time friend of Vanessa’s, he also makes for a fun co-worker!
Being behind the camera is Simon’s life. For him, it is a dance through which he expresses his rhythm and passion. He studied film at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
Alex Biro is a multidisciplinary artist whose world revolves around film and music.
He is an actor, director and composer who is deeply inspired by method characterization, Alex is obsessed with pushing the boundaries in his work making him an ideal role model as a teacher.
Inspired by actors such as Daniel Day Lewis, Johnny Depp and Paul Dano, Biro brings a unique philosophical approach to not only acting but to life in general.
As personable as he is peculiar, Alex’s approach to any situation makes him a good addition to the family. This lovable shapeshifter doesn’t let only school hours dictate being there to our student members.
Sonia is a Choreographer/Dance teacher. Vibrant, creative and knowledgeable, Sonia is very enthusiastic about being the “in house” dance reference.
From Montreal, Sonia is a graduate of “Les Grands Ballets Canadiens” where she teaches today. She has studied dance in France, London, New York and L.A. She has performed and choreographed for many different publics and events over the years which makes her a prized addition to the already successful team.
She will be overseeing all movement and dance training for the artists coming through The House of Actors training program. Her vision is that a strong actor is someone who knows themselves on all facets including their strengths and weaknesses.
Growing up in Quebec City, Julie started dancing at the age of 9. She will benefit from several trips to Los Angeles where she trains with some of the best choreographers of the industry. It was by accumulating several experiences in Montreal, Canada and internationally that Julie stood out for her talent, professionalism, personality and work ethic.
Here are some of her experiences: Cirque du Soleil: Diva and World Cup Dubai, Step Up 5: All In, America’s Best Dance Crew 7, The Late Late Show with James Corden with the Jonas Brothers, European Tour with Véronic Dicaire, MMVA’s with Dev.
Her talent and passion for dance is growing and it is by constantly continuing to improve herself that she continues to create, direct, dance and share her passion.
Laure was born in South Eastern France. She studied architecture and was secretly passionate about directing and acting from an early age. She met Vanessa in 2016 during an introductory course in acting. Since then, her passion for the craft has grown steadily in her, notably through the House of Actors and also a Masterclass in Los Angeles alongside coach Bernard Hiller and casting director April Webster.
Laure is a multidisciplinary artist, in love with emotions and personal development, it is only natural that she carries in her heart the vision of HOA:
“to be a better human in order to become a better actor”
She supports Vanessa daily within the House of Actors with great pride.
Maude is an artist who is passionate about story telling. She graduated from UQAM in the Television program and has studied acting both in Montreal and in Los Angeles. She started acting at a young age and shortly after high school was when she discovered the world behind the camera. It was at this point that she developed an interest in directing and script writing, which led her to move to Montreal in order to pursue her studies and career.
Since then, she has worked on various projects, both in front and behind the camera. She develops projects as an actor, writer, director and producer, from music videos to independent short and feature films. She feels blessed to be working alongside talented and dedicated artists, and she is thrilled to join the HOA team and to assist the day-to-day operations!