Admission process


Step 1 – Pre-application

Start by filling out the short pre-application form today. 

You'll receive a link to the full application form as soon as it becomes available. We'll also send you more information about our programs as well as invitations to virtual and in-person events.

Step 2 - Application form

Between October 1, 2024, and January 31, 2025, fill out the application form and pay the $90 application fee.

Before you get started, make sure you have at hand: 

  • A recent digital headshot (jpg or jpeg, maximum 5 MB)
  • A method of payment
  • The names and contact information of 2 references*(Teachers and/or theatre professionals you know, teachers or employers, whatever field you work in). 
  • Your CV**
  • A credit card to pay the application fee

*For the Production Design and Technical Arts, Playwriting and Set and Costume Design programs only.
** For the Production Design and Technical Arts and Directing programs only.

Step 3 – Audition/evaluation

Instructions for the evaluation will be sent in February to candidates who have submitted an application form and paid the application fee by January 31, 2025.  

The evaluation varies by program. See Audition/evaluation by program below for more information.  

The selection process runs from February to May. 

Audition/evaluation per program

Production Design and Technical Arts

Each candidate to the Production Design and Technical Arts program is contacted for an interview. Following the interview, all candidates are required to write a production concept for the mounting of a play chosen by the School. Candidates have one month after the interview to prepare this test.

Set and Costume Design

Candidates to the Set and Costume Design program have one month to complete an artistic project, for which they will receive instructions. Candidates who pass this initial step are invited to an interview during which they are asked to present a portfolio of recent art or theatrical work.


Applicants to the Acting program must audition (prepare two short monologues that must not exceed two minutes each). A number of candidates are then selected for a callback workshop.

Consult our list of monologues


IMPORTANT: The Directing program accepts applications once every two years. Next application period: September 2023. 

Once the application has been submitted, candidates to the Directing program are subsequently required to submit a portfolio that will include: a letter of intention, a resume, and a written treatment of a text from a list of plays supplied by the School. After consideration of these submissions, selected candidates will be invited to attend a workshop which will include an interview.


Every Playwriting application must be accompanied by two plays of at least 20 pages each, a letter of intent, and a resume. Several candidates are invited to an interview before the final selection is made.


International applicants are welcome to apply to all programs in English section.
However they must be aware that they need to sort out their 
student visa themselves, as well as travelling and moving to Montreal, Canada. If a selected applicant is not able to complete their visa process or get to Montreal, we will have to rescind their invitation to join the School and select another applicant.  

For the Acting program, candidates selected for the callback workshop (last stage of the selection process) must be able to come to Montreal. All other steps can be completed remotely. 


Canadian citizens and permanent residents

  • Acting, Production, and Set & Costume Design programs:$5,946.85
  • Playwriting and Directing programs:$6,877.97

International students

  • Acting, Production, and Set & Costume Design programs: $11,893.78
  • Playwriting and Directing programs: $13,755.94


Is there an age limit for enrolment?

Yes. Candidates must be at least 18 years old as of December 31 of the year of entry at NTS (i.e. you turn 18 before January 1, 2025). 

Can I apply to several programs at once, including applying to an English program as well as a French one?

Yes, absolutely. Candidates must then: 

  • Fill in a different online form for each program 
  • Pay $80 application fee for each program to which they apply 
Can the National Theatre School offer credits for courses successfully completed at another school?

No. All courses are obligatory; students must complete their entire program of study regardless of their chosen discipline or previous studies. The School does not grant course equivalencies, exemptions or substitutions. Only one status is recognized, that of full-time student. 

Are there prerequisites to be accepted to the NTS?

No. There are no academic prerequisites for any of NTS’s programs. Regardless of your level of experience, if you're passionate about theatre and motivated to take on an intense three-year training program, it’s worth applying!

How can I check the status of my application throughout the selection process?

The selection process for all programs runs from February to May. At each stage of the process, candidates are notified in advance of the date and location of their interview or audition, and of the status of their application. 

The final results will be officially announced in May. 


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