Stephanie Jones splits her time between the Niagara Region of Canada, Toronto and New York. She is an acclaimed actor, playwright, Artistic Director and theatre educator. She is the founding Artistic Director of The Essential Collective Theatre (Artistic Director Emerita, ECT): a Niagara based theatre company committed to the creation and production of new Canadian work. In Toronto, Stephanie studied improvisation (Alan Guttman) and Scene study (Baumander, Reiss, and Uta Hagen) before her introduction to the Meisner Technique through Jacqueline McClintock. Stephanie established the Niagara Region’s only Meisner training program for emerging actors. In 2010, she was presented with the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award and received the 2014 St. Catharines Established Artist Award. She is an acting instructor at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater, and follows Sanford Meisner's original outline. She also teaches Acting with Meisner Technique at the Canadian Film Centre (August 2017 to present) in the Acting Conservatory. She has toured across Canada with her workshops and is available upon request.