Acting

Next intake: September 2018
Registration deadline: January 31, 2018
Duration: Three years, full-time

École nationale de théâtre
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National Theatre School
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Developing each actor’s awareness of their own unique artistic process

VOICE / MOVEMENT / TEXT / ACTING WITH THE CAMERA / CLASSICAL TEXTS / MUSICAL THEATRE / CONTEMPORARY WORKS

The Acting program integrates voice, movement, and text. Our training exposes the emerging artist to a wide array of performance styles, ranging from devised theatre to acting with the camera, as well as classical texts, musical theatre, and cutting-edge contemporary performance. In a personalized setting, students are guided by influential artists of contemporary theatre. The Acting program supports powerful and independent artists by developing each actor’s awareness of their own unique artistic process.

WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM UNIQUE

  • Highly individualized training with an emphasis on building long-lasting professional relationships
  • Hands-on experience in a variety of venues, from intimate and immersive to the large stage
  • Daily interactions with teachers, coaches, and directors who work in theatres across the country
  • Partnerships with organizations such as the Stratford and Shaw festivals through study trips and core training

CURRICULUM

Year 1

A strong formal base for the emerging actor: actor’s presence, self-awareness, active listening

  • Creation Project (3-year process)
  • Choral and Ensemble singing
  • Movement for Actors- including Laban, Elements, Animals etc
  • Improvisation- Silent and with Dialogue
  • ...

Year 2

Students move from classroom exercises to studio presentations

  • Acting with the Camera
  • Voice, Speech and Dialect
  • Stage Combat
  • Expressive Mask
  • ...

Year 3

Preparing and mounting a full season of four productions guided by prominent Canadian and International directors

  • Rehearsals and Productions 
  • Commercial and Voice-over techniques
  • Film Intensive
  • Self-initiative and business knowledge workshops
  • ...

Be trained by your theatre heroes

Alisa Palmer
National Theatre School
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Alisa Palmer

Artistic Director of the English section of NTS, award-winning director, playwright, and theatre producer, Alisa has directed collective creations, the classics, musical theatre, and opera.

Jordan Tannahill

Playwright, author, theatre director, and filmmaker
His plays have been translated into seven languages and been honoured with various prizes including the Governor Generals Award, the John Hirsch Prize for directing, and Dora Awards.

Eda Holmes (Directing, 1996)

Artistic and Executive Director of Centaur Theatre, she has worked regularly as a director at the Shaw Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Canadian Stage, the Grand Theatre, London, and more.

Where NTS Acting graduates work

  • Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary
  • Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver
  • Banff Centre
  • Buddies in Bad Times, Toronto 
  • CanStage 
  • National Arts Centre
  • Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
  • Stratford festival
  • Shaw festival
  • Soulpepper
  • Summerworks
  • Tarragon
  • Theatre New Brunswick

AROUND TWELVE STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM EACH YEAR.

École nationale de théâtre
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National Theatre School
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ADMISSION AND AUDITION

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must be an artist at heart and be at least 18 years old as of December 31 of the year of entry at NTS.

APPLICATION FORM

You can start your application process right now. It’s easy, and it’s online. Simply fill out the application form and pay the registration fees before January 31, 2018. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next steps.

TUITION FEES

2017-2018 School Year

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: $4,850

Foreign Students: $9,700

Money should never be an obstacle to talent. NTS can help you pay for your studies.

Learn more about Financial Aid.

AUDITION

Auditions are held in major centres across Canada. For the initial audition, applicants are asked to prepare two short monologues that must not exceed two minutes each, one from the classical repertoire and one contemporary monologue. Classical monologues must be chosen from the list provided by the School, unveiled every year in the fall.

CALLBACK WORKSHOP

A number of candidates are then selected for a callback workshop held in Montreal or in Toronto, in May. The callback is a series of classes and workshops typical of the training at NTS. It is lead by NTS faculty members and professional artists.

NEED ANY HELP?

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CONTACT OUR REGISTRATION OFFICE

services@ent-nts.ca

514-842-7954, ext. 134

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