PRODUCTION IS AN ART
Duration: Three years, full-time
Train and practice with seasoned professionals and learn the foundations of:
- PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
- TECHNICAL DIRECTION
- STAGE MANAGEMENT
- STAGE ELECTRICS/LIGHTING DESIGN
- COMPANY MANAGEMENT
Jacynthe Lalonde is in her 3rd and final year at the NTS. She has much to say about
her training in the Production program where she touched upon everything from welding to text analysis to lighting design
to production management. But hear about it in her own words.
Camera and Video Editor: Chloé Robichaud
Production students learn their craft in a stimulating environment, complete
with up-to-date technology and professional equipment. The Monument-National
and the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Pavilion contain workshops, lighting
and computer laboratories and a digital sound studio, as well as a variety
of theatre spaces to provide real examples of the possibilities and demands
Throughout their education at the School, students strengthen their knowledge of theatre through the study of all aspects of theatre design and production. First-hand experience in all the theatre disciplines enables them to better understand the processes and requirements of their discipline. The students’ ability to expand their technical vocabulary and master the tools and techniques of the craft help extend their repertoire of skills.
In addition to providing them with technical skills, the program aims to help students understand the importance of communication and their role in supporting the artistic process. Working with the creative teams, dialoguing with directors, finding solutions in an atmosphere of collegiality, and creating a rigorous yet harmonious working environment – those are the pillars of the production program.
Theoretical courses in subjects as diverse as theatre history, music, art history, projections, set and costume design, and data processing build up a solid foundation of artistic and conceptual ability on which the necessary practical skills are rooted. Students analyze texts and present concepts for plays that require them to design and create all elements of a production.
The program stresses the importance of interdependence and teamwork. Production students are required to assist with all school productions and, in their final year, are part of the team responsible for the preparation and presentation of the School’s public performances.
During the course of their training each student will be assigned the role of production manager, stage manager, technical director, lighting designer, and sound designer. It is vital that all students experience these positions in order to understand what is involved in each department and how a production comes together.