• PLAYWRITING (Reading)

    Documentary theatre, readings by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Playwriting program students (2012 Open House).
    In the photo (forefront): Geoffrey Simon Brown, Elena Belyea and Britney Tangedal Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (video)

    Listen to Leah Jane Esau and Maureen Gualtieri, 2012 Playwriting program graduates speak of their experiences with the program.
    Camera and Video Editor: Michael Slobodian (2012)
    Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (Arctic Ocean)

    Arctic Ocean, by Jill Connell (Playwriting, 2011), directed by Denise Clarke, New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2011)
    Set and costumes Jenna McCutchen (Set and Costume Design, 2011); Lighting Rachel Dawn Woods (Production, 2011). In the photo: Philip Nozuka, Jackie Rowland, Katy Grabstas and Curtis Henschel (Acting, 2011). 2011 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (You Can Do Whatever You Want)

    You Can Do Whatever You Want, by Jesse Stong (Playwriting, 2013), directed by Emma Tibaldo (Directing, 2003), New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2013)
    Set Shlomit Gopher (Set and Costume Design, 2013); Costumes Naomi Mathieu (Set and Costume Design, 2013); Lighting Alexander Russ-Hogg (Production, 2013). In the photo: Jeff Ho and Sehar Bhojani (both Acting, 2013)
    2013 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (Reading 2)

    Public Reading – students of the Playwriting program presenting one of their plays during the School’s Open House (2010).
    In the photo: Maureen Gualtieri (Playwriting, 2012), Step Taylor (Playwriting, 2013), Jill Connell (Playwriting, 2011) and Leah Jane Esau (Playwriting, 2012)
    Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (Tick)

    Tick, a Theatre for Young Audiences play written by Matthew MacKenzie (Playwriting, 2009), directed by Vahid Rahbani (Directing, 2009), New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2009). Set Lindsay Westbrook (Set and Costume Design, 2009); Costumes Leigh Gillam (Set and Costume Design, 2009). In the photo: Lauryn Allman, Alexander Furber, Pippa Mackie and James MacLean (Acting, 2009). 2009 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (Disappeared)

    Disappeared, by Leah Jane Esau (Playwriting, 2012), directed by Sophie Gee (Directing, 2012), New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2012)
    Set and Props by Adam Provencher (Set and Costume Design, 2012); Costumes by Jeong Hwa Ryoo (Set and Costume Design, 2012); Lighting by Kaitlin Hickey (Production, 2013). In the photo: Nico Racicot and Colin Mercer (both Acting, 2012)
    2012 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (Stop Heart)

    Stop Heart, by Amy Lee Lavoie (Playwriting, 2010), directed by Sarah Garton Stanley, New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2010).
    Set Nancy Anne Perrin (Set and Costume Design, 2010); Costumes Laurence Mongeau (Set and Costume Design, 2010); Lighting Nicole Olson Grant-Suttie (Production, 2010). In the photo: Simon Bracken and Leah Doz (both Acting, 2010)
    2010 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (Shouting)

    Shouting, by Jeremy Taylor (Playwriting, 2010) directed by Steven McCarthy (Directing, 2010), New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2010).
    Set and Costumes Nancy Anne Perrin (Set and Costume Design, 2010); Lighting Kai-Yueh Chen (Production, 2010). In the photo: Ron Klappholz, Chala Hunter, Brandon Crone and Thomas Antony Olajide (Acting, 2010).
    2010 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (The Green Man)

    The Green Man, by Maureen Gualtieri (Playwriting, 2012), directed by Yevgeniya Falkovich (Directing, 2012), New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2012).
    Set and Props Adam Provencher (Set and Costume Design, 2012); Costumes Jeong Hwa Ryoo (Set and Costume Design, 2012); Lighting Kaitlin Hickey (Production, 2013). In the photo: Conor Fanning and Justin Madol (both Acting, 2012)
    2012 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (The Battery)

    The Battery, by Megan Coles (Playwriting, 2009), directed by Philip McKee (Directing, 2009), New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2009)
    Set Lindsay Westbrook (Set and Costume Design, 2009); Costumes Leigh Gillam (Set and Costume Design, 2009). In the photo: Patrick Lundeen, Julia Course and Doug MacAulay (Acting, 2009).
    2009 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

  • PLAYWRITING (Model Wanted)

    Model Wanted, by Step Taylor (Playwriting, 2013), directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones (Acting, 1993), New Words Festival, Studio Hydro-Québec, Monument-National (2013)
    Set Shlomit Gopher (Set and Costume Design, 2013); Costumes Ann Simard (Set and Costume Design, 2013); Lighting Gal Minnes (Production, 2013). In the photo: Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski and Jesse LaVercombe (Acting, 2013)
    2013 graduating class, English section. Photo: Maxime Côté

Playwriting

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The NTS Playwriting program aims to reveal and shape each writer’s unique voice, with a low teacher-to-student ratio that allows for an exceptional response to individual interests, needs, strengths and challenges. Students learn and receive inspiration by working alongside their colleagues in the Acting, Directing, Set and Costume Design and Production programs. Guest playwrights, dramaturgs and directors from across Canada are regularly invited to teach at the School, giving students access to experienced professionals who understand the realities of contemporary playwriting.

The NTS playwriting program aims to reveal and shape each writer’s unique voice, with a low teacher to student ratio that allows for an exceptional response to individual interests, needs, strengths and challenges.

NTS Playwriting students have the unique opportunity of working in a conservatory environment alive with creative energy and expression. Students learn and receive inspiration by working alongside students in the Acting, Directing, Set and Costume Design and Production programs.

Guest playwrights, dramaturgs and directors from across Canada teach regularly at the School, giving students access to experienced professionals who understand the realities of contemporary playwriting.

Analyze

Through class work, discussion, critical analysis and exposure to a broad array of styles and forms, the Playwriting Program works to strengthen the intuitive and intellectual faculties required for full and clear self-expression. Courses in structure and text analysis, adaptation skills, and world and Canadian theatre history broaden and develop the student's knowledge.

Write

The Playwriting Program’s primary focus is writing. Writing workshops and projects permit students to develop and broaden their voices, use language precisely and effectively, refine their ear for dialogue, flesh out character, and discover the rhythms, tone, and style that best reflect their particular sensibility. Students also learn to structure their time and keep their projects moving forward.

Create

Throughout their three years at the School, students get the opportunity to watch their work evolve and come to life in studio workshops and public readings under the guidance of professional directors. In the final year, the graduating students’ work is celebrated with readings and productions at the Monument-National's Studio Hydro-Québec.

1st Year

Students discover and deepen their voice and process through core writing exercises, workshops, classes, and seminars aimed at developing the whole artist while practicing the discipline of writing.

1st Year Project (Writing, Dramaturgy, Workshops, Reading) Adaptation Project (Writing, Dramaturgy, Reading)
Playwriting - Back to Basics Monologue Bootcamp
Translation Workshop Creation Workshop
Anti-realism Workshop Documentary Theatre
Creation & Technology Text and Play Analysis
Great Ideas Altered Truths
World and Canadian Theatre History Authentic Movement
Jeu Mask
Playwrights' Seminars Play Labs

2nd Year

A vigorous exploration of style, form, personal practice, self-expression, and critical thinking, while developing two central writing projects toward professional workshops and staged readings.

2nd Year Project (Writing, Dramaturgy, Professional Workshop, Public Reading) TYA Project (Writing, Dramaturgy, Professional Workshop, Public Reading)
Writing for Film, Television and Radio Creation Workshop
Anti-realism Workshop Documentary Theatre
Creation & Technology Text and Play Analysis
Great Ideas Altered Truths
European Plays & Playwrights World and Canadian Theatre History
Authentic Movement Playwrights' Seminars
Play Labs Play Factory

3rd Year

A trial professional year: a central project to be considered for full production, and exploration of post-graduate opportunities through the Biz. Additional creation projects are devised in conjunction with the Program Director.

3rd Year Studio Project (Writing, Dramaturgy, Workshop, Production) The Biz (Grants, contracts, self-producing, residencies, networking, agents & publishing)
Personal Writing and Creation Projects Writing for Film, Television and Radio
Creation Workshop Anti-realism Workshop
Documentary Theatre Creation & Technology
Play Analysis Ideas
Altered Truths European Plays & Playwrights
Authentic Movement Playwrights' Seminars
Play Labs
Note : Curriculum is subject to change, and varies each year according to student needs.

Director

Brian Drader is an accomplished actor, award-winning writer, dramaturg, and artistic administrator. His plays have been produced across Canada, the United States and Europe. In addition to theatre, Brian's diverse writing and dramaturgical portfolio includes film, radio, fiction, multi-media, Cirque du Soleil and commercial engagements.
Photo: Maxime Côté

Complete Biography

Faculty

  • Nick Carpenter
  • Robert Chafe
  • Denise Clarke
  • Claudia Dey
  • Sean Dixon
  • Brian Drader
  • Fatma Sarah Elkashef
  • Jodi Essery
  • Catherine Farish
  • Kathleen Flaherty
  • Dean Fleming
  • Jonathan Garfinkel
  • Brendan Healy
  • Tomson Highway
  • Jill Keiley
  • Ann-Marie Kerr
  • Maureen LaBonté
  • Adam Lazarus
  • Ann-Marie MacDonald
  • Bryden MacDonald
  • Daniel MacIvor
  • Michael Mackenzie
  • Ruth Madoc-Jones
  • Darren O'Donnell
  • Morris Panych
  • Adam Noah Pettle
  • Djanet Sears
  • Ivana Shein
  • Annabel Soutar
  • Sarah Garton Stanley
  • Tedi Tafel
  • Bobby Theodore
  • Judith Thompson
  • Kelly Thornton
  • Emma Tibaldo
  • Iris Turcott
  • Ker Wells
  • Susan Williams
  • David Yee
  • Marcus Youssef

Note: Faculty is subject to change, and varies each year according to student needs.

1

Application form

Candidates must be at least 18 years old as of December 31, 2015, and must fill out the application form, which may be mailed in or submitted online.
Registration fee ($60) must be made by certified cheque or money order (mail) or processed online (Visa or Mastercard) by January 31, 2015, in order to be considered for the autumn session.

2

Documents to be submitted

The application must be accompanied by:

  • two plays of at least 20 pages each (Please ensure your name appears on your play, and pages are numbered)
  • a letter of intent
  • resume (optional)

Musicals and adaptations are not accepted.
Plays and support material may be submitted online. If submitting by mail, please include two copies of each play.

3

Interview

Several candidates are invited to an interview before the final selection is made.

TWO STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM EACH YEAR

Claudia Dey

The years I spent at the National Theatre School were like being shot from a cannon; there was no choice but to dare yourself. As we rocketed along, we were instructed and supported by the luminaries of the theatre community. Back on the ground, our diplomas were recognized as a most sought after passport. People knew we'd been launched by the School.
Claudia Dey (Playwriting, 1997) - Playwright and novelist

Jason Maghanoy

At NTS I found creative partners, life-long friends and my voice as a writer. It was also a lot of fun.
Jason Maghanoy (Playwriting, 2006) - Playwright

Megan Coles

Attending the National Theatre School of Canada was tantamount to embarking on a creative treasure hunt where determination and perseverance rewarded you with confidence and experience. The desire to tell powerful stories is applauded and the need to incite change is encouraged. NTS is genuinely a place where a young writer from a tiny outport in Newfoundland found her voice, my voice.
Megan Coles (Playwriting, 2009) - Playwright

  • Morwyn Brebner
  • Nick Carpenter
  • Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman
  • Keir Cutler
  • Sean Devine
  • Claudia Dey
  • Gil Garratt
  • Michael Gauthier
  • Matthew MacKenzie
  • Jason Maghanoy
  • Clement Martini
  • Celia McBride
  • Adam Noah Pettle
  • Jeremy Taylor
Program Registration
Next Intake:

September 2015

Duration:

Three years, full-time

Tuition

2015-2016 School Year
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: $4,650
Foreign Students: $9,300

Registraton Deadline Date:

January 31, 2015