Andrea Johnston

Our Founder

Andrea has spent many wonderful years teaching children and adults the art of communication through speech arts and drama.

She started her career in Vancouver, British Columbia as a guest artist and instructor at Simon Fraser University, where she had the privilege of directing main stage productions as well as teaching several courses. At The Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts, she taught children of every age how to find and use their voices effectively. Privately she coached professionals including lawyers, executives and politicians, helping them develop their presentation skills, confidence and poise. 

As a professional actor and director, Andrea directed and performed in many productions which received critical acclaim; she is also a two-time winner of the Vancouver Twenty-Four Hour Film Festival, Director of the North American premiere of “Eulogy for Lois Lane” by Marc Diamond, and has lent her voice to numerous film and television productions. Her expertise in the field found her traveling throughout Canada as an adjudicator for Speech Arts, Drama and Speech Festivals.

Helping people find their voice and grow their confidence is a passion for Andrea. Here at The Diamond Academy of Performing Arts, she looks forward to helping you find yours. 

  • 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