Touchstone Training teaches lawyers and other professionals how to dramatically improve their performance using the skills and techniques of the actor.

About the program

“One of the best courses I have taken. I felt that there was instant improvement in my presentation style and witnessed it in others. After the workshop I was excited to put what I had learned into use both in terms of my writing style and public speaking.”

Read Katrina Dunn's article Freeing the Advocate's Voice in BarTalk.  

Touchstone Training regularly works with firms to help facilitate their professional development needs. We can come to you and work in the privacy and familiarity of a boardroom space.

Private sessions can be arranged with course instructor Katrina Dunn. Book a session to prepare for an important event, or work in an ongoing way at improving all facets of your presentation skills.

Touchstone Training’s format can be adapted for sessions at conferences, retreats and other special events.

To book, contact Annie Jang at or 604-709-9973

“I hope all the firms will embrace this course as a way to provide their litigators with some excellent advocacy skills.”

Take a Course

Touchstone Training is Canada's leading provider of acting-based Presentation Skills training. Over the past twelve years our courses have helped many participants develop and improve their advocacy and presentation skills. Our one day course is offered through the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia and nationally through Seminar Partners.

Upcoming Webinar

None scheduled at this time.

Upcoming CLEBC Courses in Vancouver:

None scheduled at this time.

I really found the workshop challenging. It was hard work to break out of our habits. But Katrina did a great job of breaking down the learning into manageable steps - from identifying key words to the different approaches of logic, emotion and ethics.

Course Descriptions

We have two courses available:


Many think of acting as either purely intuitive or a kind of false histrionics. In fact, actors carefully work a series of techniques that, when filtered through their voice and body, persuade an audience to believe in a story. In advocacy, a lawyer does the same thing, and yet most legal training ends with legal rules and procedures. How then do lawyers translate their ideas, research, and facts into a live three-dimensional event? By borrowing age-old verbal and non-verbal communication skills from the actor. This course will teach lawyers how to be more natural, believable, assertive, and self-possessed. You will learn simple, concrete techniques that will energize your performance at trial, in mediation, in arbitration, and in any legal argument. You learn by doing, as each participant is given ample opportunity to present and receive one-on-one feedback in a supportive and transformative environment. The course is suitable for all lawyers who want to increase their effectiveness, from those newly called who want to improve their confidence and self-possession, to seasoned practitioners who want to enhance their skill set.

“This course fills a void for training. It builds on existing advocacy courses while providing lawyers with a unique opportunity to acquire practical skills that they can use in different aspects of their advocacy”

(This course is recommended as a follow-up to The Powerful Performance.)

Lawyers are often put on the spot, whether at a trial, in mediation, in or in arbitration. Articulating your thoughts in unanticipated situations is a skill. When you master it, you can approach these unanticipated situations with less fear—and in fact, can use them to your advantage. This stimulating and fun one day course teaches you how to articulate your thoughts in unanticipated situations through practical presentation of ideas, group exercises, and individual coaching and feedback. These simple, concrete techniques taught equip you to structure ideas simply and memorably and answer questions quickly and coherently. Participants build and demonstrate confidence in unscripted situations, and learn to access their individual store of knowledge when put on the spot. You will learn by doing, as each participant is given ample opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback in a supportive and transformative environment.


Attendance at any one of the CLE courses can be listed as 6 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) (for each course 1 hour involves aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management). A Certificate of Attendance will be issued at each course.

“Having worked with Katrina Dunn for the last couple of years, I can attest to her ability to provide insight and valuable feedback that will help each lawyer be better counsel, no matter his or her year of call.”


Katrina Dunn is an award-winning professional director, respected producer and inspiring teacher who has brought her considerable skill set to creation of the principles and techniques of Touchstone Training. For nineteen years she was the Artistic Director of Touchstone Theatre, one of Vancouver’s most cherished cultural organizations. In 2004 she developed the social profit arm of the company, Touchstone Training, to help lawyers and other professionals improve their vocal and physical performance in all aspects of their work. Since then Touchstone Training has become Canada’s leading provider of acting-based Presentation Skills training, leading workshops in BC, Alberta, Ontario, and at numerous legal conferences and events. Katrina has also taught acting skills at UBC Theatre and Langara College’s Studio 58 professional program.  

“I thought Katrina Dunn was and excellent group leader and teacher. Throughout the two days everyone in the class markedly improved in terms of their public speaking ability and in their visual presence. More of this sort of practical advocacy training, in a workshop environment, would be beneficial to many trial lawyers of all experience levels.”

Touchstone Training is a social profit enterprise of Touchstone Theatre.

Touchstone acknowledges the support of the BC Arts Council and the Vancouver Foundation's MEDICI Fund in launching this program.