Acting

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

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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 is a rigorous and immersive training program that exposes the emerging artist to a wide array of theatre styles and approaches. Through core training in voice, movement, text, and music the actor builds a foundation of classical technique to support the development of their own artistic expression. In a personalized setting, students are guided and challenged 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.

Alisa Palmer - Director of the Acting program

"Art is Practice. Art is Imagination. You are here because of your imagination. We offer practice. We offer you the opportunity to practice and develop your technique. If you engage, if you say yes, if you are curious, and become aware of yourself and the world around you, you will discover who you are through doing."

Alisa Palmer is an internationally trained award-winning theatre director, playwright, dramaturge and theatre producer. Her work crosses genres, including the classics, contemporary plays, creation projects, musicals and operas. Ms. Palmer's work is characterized by vivid performances, a bold use of music, powerful visuals and a passionate commitment to the body politic. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has premiered and toured original and provocative theatre creations for over twenty years.

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Alisa Palmer
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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

The arc of training begins with the basics including the actor’s presence, self-awareness, active listening, and builds to the exploration of text with a focus on an understanding of action, character and story.  

 

Year 2

Over the course of the year, students move from classroom exercises, to studio presentations to full productions with a focus on repertoire designed to stretch and hone the actor’s craft and range. Content includes naturalism, period immersions in Chekov and Shaw, contemporary Canadian theatre, musical theatre projects and Shakespeare in production.

Year 3

The third and final year of the Acting Program is a full season of productions in the School's theatre, the Monument-National. This includes the premiere of an original ensemble creation piece, two productions on our largest stage and two world premieres of plays written by graduating playwrights. All productions are guided by prominent Canadian and International directors and coaches.

Accompanied by excellence

Djanet Sears

Playwright, director, and actor
Harlem Duet (1995), her most critically acclaimed work, won the Governor General's Literary Award (1998), four Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award (1998) for outstanding new play. A later production of the play for the Stratford Festival marked another historical watermark as the first play written and directed by a black woman with an all-black cast to be presented at the festival.

David Latham

Veteran director who has worked in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. He has worked as Theatre Training Consultant at Stratford Festival for 14 seasons.

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.

Our alumni work with these organizations:

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

TWELVE STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM EACH YEAR.

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ADMISSION AND AUDITION

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must 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 fee before January 31, 2018. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next step.

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. 

Classical monologues list for the 2017-2018 application period

AUDITION TOUR 2018 

Montreal: Saturday, March 3rd, Monday, March 5, Tuesday March 6
Ottawa: Monday, March 19 
Toronto: Tuesday, March 20, Wednesday, March 21, Thursday, March 22, Friday, March 23
St-John's: Tuesday, March 27
Halifax: Wednesday, March 28
Fredericton: Thursday, March 29 
Winnipeg: Tuesday, April 3
Saskatoon (or Regina): Wednesday, April 4
Calgary: Thursday, April 5
Edmonton: Friday, April 6
Vancouver: Saturday, April 7 

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 led by NTS faculty members and professional artists.

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514-842-7954, ext. 134

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