Discover The Diamond Academy Of Performing Arts

Welcome to a studio that is unlike any other. 

For the performer and non-performer alike, our training is honed to help each individual student reach their full potential.

About Us

Mastering the art of public speaking is the greatest single skill you can develop in order to establish strong leadership skills, boost future earning potential and carry yourself confidently and successfully in life. 

Modern society demands effective communication and leadership skills to excel, however it presents few opportunities for children to develop these critical life skills. 

The Diamond Academy represents a new way of thinking: an innovative studio for learning, where students can explore and develop their communication, performance and leadership skills in a fun and dynamic setting. At our academy, your child will learn skills that will remain with them throughout their lives.

We provide a positive and encouraging learning environment that allows our students to shine.

How We Teach

The Diamond Academy utilizes time-honored traditions of Speech Arts and Drama techniques as a means of developing effective communication, performance and leadership skills; skills which are aimed at teaching our young students to become engaging and articulate speakers, citizens, performers and leaders. 

Our group classes are structured to educate through improvisation technique, voice development, and text analyzation and performance in a positive and encouraging setting where students engage with, and learn from, their fellow students as well as perform solo pieces. Students are exposed to and will explore literature from the great writers, poets and playwrights from the English Literature Canon.

At the end of each term, each student will perform selections from the repertoire they have created. 

Through our classroom development, recitals, plays, Trinity College of London examination opportunities, and international festivals, each Diamond Academy Student will have many avenues to utilize and develop their unique voice in the world.

Create. Act. Communicate.

Our Vision

Our vision is to equip students with the presentation and performance skills they need to feel confident and succeed in our competitive modern world. 

We use a combination of materials and teaching methodologies to share the joys of performance and the written word.

Our Mission

At The Diamond Academy of Performing Arts, our mission is to foster a life-long love of communication and performance while helping students to build their confidence, comprehension, critical thinking, self-esteem and executive functioning skills.

Our Values

At The Diamond Academy of Performing Arts we believe in:

  • Custom Curriculums – no two students are alike and nor should their training be. We cater our lessons to suit each individual.
  • Developing Confidence – every child has a voice; at The Diamond Academy we give them the tools to use it effectively.
  • Fun & Involvement – Whether one-on-one or in a group, we want all students to leave our classes smiling!

Our Founder

Andrea Johnston

BA,Simon Fraser University, BFA, Simon Fraser University, Certificate of Liberal Arts, Simon Fraser University, ARCT Speech Arts and Drama, Royal Conservatory of Music

Canadian National Voice Intensive Graduate

ATCL Speech and Drama, Trinity College of London


Enrollment in our classes is a reservation of a class slot. Class prices are not per class but per month. Tuition has already been adjusted to account for months that there are more or less than four classes in a month.
Technique classes run year long. Musical Production Classes are a term commitment. We have a Fall Musical and a Winter/ Spring Musical.  Those who want to sit for a Trinity College of London exam have to train a minimum of 1 year per exam to allow sufficient time to prepare for exams.  
All tuition is paid in advance month-by-month via automatic withdrawal. Tuition will be withdrawn on or about the first of each month. Our registration software makes this easy.  Children will not be placed into classes until all fees have been paid.
Tuition is non-refundable. No prorating, credit, transfers or provisions are made for absences.  If a child registers for a monthly payment class mid-month tuition will be prorated for that first month only and only for our monthly payment classes offered.
Musical Production classes are always full tuition cost regardless of when registering. There are many fixed costs that go into the pricing of our Musical Theater Production classes beyond charges for class instruction. Once registered for our Musical Theater Production Classes tuition is non-refundable. No prorating, credit, transfers or other provisions allowed.
If, The Diamond Academy of Performing Arts needs to cancel a class for some unforeseen circumstance credits will be issued. 
If you want to drop from one of our monthly payment classes you must do so before the 15th of the month in writing or via email to stop the following months tuition from being withdrawn. Failure to do so will result in the following months tuition being charged.
If a student would like to switch one of our monthly payment classes into another please contact our offices and we would be happy to assist you.
Play Production and Musical Production Tuition will be charged in one lump sum when you register.
Play Production and Musical Production Tuition is non-refundable and cannot be prorated, is not transferable and no credit given. Play Productions and Musical Productions need to meet minimum enrollment requirements to run. If the Academy cancels a Play Production or Musical Production, full tuition will be refunded.
An annual $35.00 registration fee will be applied per student. You will be automatically charged this fee upon your first months’ registration. Registration fees are non-refundable. 
In the event of insufficient funds or closed accounts account holders will be charged a $20.00 service fee in addition to regular tuition. A grace period of 5 days will be given to update necessary information. After the 5th of the month the charge of $20.00 will be applied. If payment is not made by this time the student will be not be allowed to return to class until payment of all outstanding tuition, registration fees, and/or late charges has been made.
Summer Camp Tuition is non-refundable, prorated and no credit given. Summer camps need to meet minimum enrollment requirements to run. If the Academy cancels a summer camp, full tuition will be refunded.
If you need any help with the registration process please contact The Diamond Academy of Performing Arts at 925 989 8103. We will be happy to assist you.