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Kelly Arnsby

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Kelly Arnsby

Movement and Dance for Actors


  • MA Dance
  • BFA Acting


Kelly Arnsby has been an instructor in the acting program at the Ryerson School of Performance for the past eighteen years, and has created dances and coached movement for numerous productions in the program. She has worked for many years as a choreographer, movement coach, and instructor in theatre, including five seasons at the Stratford Festival where she coached actors, led classes, and worked on a number of productions. She also worked for five seasons at the Banff Centre as a movement coach in the Contemporary Opera Program where she led classes and was a resource stage director and scene study director.

Ms. Arnsby has taught in a number of university and conservatory training programs, including the University of Victoria; The National Theatre School of Canada; the University of Windsor as visiting artist in movement and acting; the faculty of Music at the University of Toronto; and the Contemporary Opera Lab at the University of Manitoba as movement coach, and as stage director for Fire by James Rolfe, and Love Stories by Claude Vivier.

For three summers she was the coordinator of the Summer Acting Intensives for Adults at Ryerson and was the movement instructor for that program.

She is a graduate of the contemporary dance school LADMMI, a certified Pilates Instructor, a certified Shiatsu practitioner, has completed her training as a Laban Movement Analyst and Somatics Educator, and studied Irene Dowd’s work at The National Ballet School of Canada.

She is a member of ISMETA.

Currently I'm creating a movement theatre piece using the methodologies of Laban Movement Analysis and Authentic Movement Practice. I am also creating dances and movement for the third year acting productions of The Duchess of Malfi and The Revenger's Tragedy. As part of my research for my master's degree I created a solo performance piece with three eighteenth century dances that I reconstructed from eighteenth century dance notation and performed in contemporary dress.