John B. Now Coaching


If you have an upcoming film and TV audition, veteran actor and director, JOHN B. LOWE can help you  prepare a well-crafted audition so you can perform with confidence and increase your chances of booking the gig.  



PARTNER COACHING is  an extended, semi-private, coaching session booked in collaboration with another actor so you can work as scene partners to support each other’s training.


One Stone At a Time.

One stone at a time. One flower at time.

A man I’ve never met or seen or heard has deeply inspired me as an actor, a teacher and a person. He wasn’t a performer or a writer or an athlete but his work has had a profound effect on me.

A few years ago, I was acting in a play in Chemainus, B.C. on Vancouver Island. Almost everyday, I walked through a lovely area in a forest called the Hermit Trails. I spent many hours enjoying that place of beauty and tranquility. When I learned the story of the man who designed and built the trails, my daily walk became a time for personal reflection and perspective.

The Hermit Trails were named for the elderly reclusive man who created them. He lived alone in the forest and was nicknamed “the hermit”.

The painting that illustrates this post is a mural in Chemainus B.C. painted by Paul Yagurta.  A print hangs on the wall of my office, and provides daily inspiration.

Paul Ygartua's 'The Hermit' mural, Chemainus

Paul Ygartua’s ‘The Hermit’ mural, Chemainus

The hermit was old and stooped and slow, but he worked diligently for many years, and moved hundreds of rocks and stone slabs to create a series of pathways and steps over a few acres of forest, bordered by gardens of wild flowers. Single-handed, with few resources, the hermit created a small forest paradise that’s been enjoyed by thousands of people.

The hermit’s name was Charlie Abbot. Charlie arrived quietly in Chemainus sometime in the 1970’s and lived alone in a makeshift shack in the forest where he created and maintained his environmental masterpiece until he died in 1989 at 87 years old. The Hermit Trails are Charlie’s legacy. Nature provided the raw materials, but Charlie’s labour translated nature’s beauty into eloquent human terms. Charlie was dedicated and determined and his work was deceptively simple. He used crude natural objects to create a mystical place that celebrates nature. Since Charlie’s death, local residents have maintained the Hermit Trails so Charlie’s creation continues to be enjoyed and appreciated.

I don’t know much about Charlie except what’s written here and I like that bit of mystery because Charlie’s work ethic and achievement are what define him for me. I can only guess what motivated Charlie to create this little piece of paradise but I’m sure it wasn’t fortune or fame. Regardless of his background or motivation, Charlie’s work is impressive, joyful and inspiring and has had a profound impact on how I now view my own work.

My daily walks through the remarkable place that Charlie crafted without regard for recognition and remuneration, motivated me to reflect on the value of my own work as an actor, a filmmaker and teacher. While money and accolades are certainly appreciated, they are not the primary goals of most actors or artists. Sure, applause and a paycheque are always welcome but many great artists work with dedication and passion for many years without receiving any tangible rewards but are still considered successful.

The size of an audience doesn’t always reflect the success of a creative endeavour and we can’t measure the value of creativity in financial terms. The real rewards of creativity are the satisfaction of accomplishment, the tangible results of one’s labour, and the joy of sharing creativity with others.

Actors, artists or anyone can accomplish amazing things if they are primarily driven by the simple, honest desire to create excellent work and then work diligently with patience and perseverance to satisfy that desire.

Charlie’s gone. I never met him, but I feel blessed by the joy and inspiration I received from his labour and his creation.

Thanks, Charlie.

I learned a few other things from Charlie;

  • You are your own best resource.
  • Everything you really need is already close at hand.
  • Focus on the task and work hard with patience and perseverance.
  • Place one stone at a time. Plant one flower at time.
  • Simple, honest work can create something beautiful, complex and profound.

Hopkins as Lear/Lowe


There’s Anthony Hopkins doing his John B. Lowe impression, again. We admit he’s marginally better at doing John B. than John B. Lowe…



ACTING ON CAMERA – PRO    (for ACTRA & CAEA members).
Which is scheduled to start Monday February 12th, 2018 has been SOLD OUT! 

You can still get on the waiting list by emailing

Space is still available in our Sunday Afternoon Acting On Camera class that starts on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

ACTING ON CAMERAA practical acting workshop for professional actors.

This practical workshop class is designed for actors who have completed some training and are pursuing a professional acting career.  Instructor and veteran screen actor, John B. Lowe, will enhance your understanding of filmmaking and develop your acting skills through practical scene-work shot on camera. This fun, intensive workshop will provide you with effective tools to craft Active Connected & Truthful performances on camera.

Instructor: John B. Lowe

4 Sunday afternoons 1:00pm to 5:00pm
February 25, March 4, 11, 18
$240.00 + $12.00 GST = $252.00

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John B’s XMAS MOVIES 2017

Christmas is coming and the TV is full of Christmas Movies.  Broccolo Creative’s John B. Lowe appears in supporting or principal roles in several of these Holiday Movies.

A DREAM OF CHRISTMAS (2016)  A restless young married woman is granted a wish by a Christmas Angel to be single again, she soon discovers her new life isn’t what she bargained for, and embarks on a quest to win her husband back.

Sunday December 3                7:00 AM c      HALLMARK

THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT (2000)  A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus, to make a snow day. Naughty ListThe machine breaks, and causes an out-of-control snowstorm.

Sunday December 3                5:00 PM c       DISNEY CHANNEL

LUCKY CHRISTMAS (2011)  A single mom trying to get back on her feet, learns her winning lottery ticket is in the glove compartment of her recently stolen car.

Saturday December 9              6:00 AM c      HALLMARK

THE CHRISTMAS HEART (2012) The tight-knit neighbors on Arthur Avenue have proudly lit Christmas luminaries for 40 years, but that long-standing tradition is cancelled when a boy in the neighborhood, is hospitalized in desperate need of a heart transplant.

Monday December 11            12:00 PM c     HALLMARK

SNOWED INN CHRISTMAS (2017) Jenna and Kevin are polar opposites working for the same online publication in New York City. A snowstorm forces their plane to land in a Christmas Wonderland in Santa Claus, Indiana.

Saturday December 16            8:00 PM c       LIFETIME

CHRISTMAS CONNECTION (2017)  Flight attendant Sydney looks after an unaccompanied minor, Leah, flying back to Chicago and makes an instant connection with her. After Leah is safely delivered to her father, Sydney gets invited to join in some fun, family Christmas festivities. Sydney misses her connection, and is stuck for a few days.

Sunday December 17             8:00 PM c       HALLMARK

SILENT NIGHT (2012)  The police force of a remote, mid-western town search for a killer Santa Claus, who is picking off citizens on Christmas Eve.  AVAILABLE ON DVD




John B. Lowe is the Ghost of Christmas Present

Broccolo Creative’s John B. Lowe plays The Ghost Of Christmas Present in the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of

30941-RMTC-ChristmasCarol-Mainstage-Webslider-FINWinnipeg’s beloved Robb Paterson stars as Scrooge.

Adapted by Bruce McManus  from the novel by Charles Dickens.

Directed by Steven Schipper

The production opens on November 23 and runs until Saturday, December 16, 2017 on the JOHN HIRSCH MAINSTAGE

Ebenezer Scrooge is anything but jolly at Christmas. Even his nephew and clerk get nothing but a “bah humbug”. But something shifts when the ghost of his business partner visits to save him from a bitter demise. Experience Scrooge’s epic transformation in this beloved tale of compassion, hope and redemption.


Photo from RMTC website Robb Paterson, John B Lowe Photo by Dylan Hewlett Set design by Gillian Gallow, Costume design by Judith Bowden, Lighting design by Scott Henderson

Tickets are available at