Admission and Auditions to the Professional Programs

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Next intake: September 2018 | Registration deadline: January 31, 2018 


Registration fee: $75 CAD per program.
Please note that the registration fee is non-refundable.

Please have the following items readily available:

  • A digital photo (jpg / exactly 200 x 267 px / 150 ko maximum); close-up of your face (mandatory)
  • Your credit card (optional) --- Note to foreign applicants: trying to pay the application fee with a credit card from outside of Canada may sometimes cause problems. If this is the case for you, we invite you to consider the payment by cheque or to contact the registration office at 1-866-547-7328 extension 134 so we can process your credit card payment over the phone.
  • A few references

Please note that the online registration session expires after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Methods of payment

  • By credit card (Visa, MasterCard)
  • By certified cheque or money order made out to the National Theatre School. Personal cheques are not accepted.

Please note: for your application to be processed, your registration fee payment must be postmarked no later than January 31 if you apply for Set and Costume Design, Playwriting, Acting or Directing program. If you apply for the Production Design and Technical Arts program, you have until February 15th to apply.

Can candidates apply to more than one program?

Yes, you can apply to more than one program. Candidates must:

  • Fill out a separate form for each program to which they apply
  • Include a $75 registration fee for each chosen program.

Instructions about the selection process will be sent starting JANUARY to all the candidates who have submitted a complete application form and paid the registration fee.


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École nationale de théâtre
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  • The selection process takes place between February and June.
  • Applicants will be notified of the date and location of their interview and audition. Travel costs are the responsibility of the applicant.
  • The selection process is by jury and is a complex one of analysis, evaluation and comparison. The final results are officially communicated to candidates in June. The School regrets that it cannot send each applicant an evaluation of his or her audition or interview process.
  • The selection process is not subject to any admission quota by province or region.
  • Foreign candidates are subject to the same conditions and requirements as Canadians. They must assume all costs associated with their audition, whose dates and locations will be determined by the School.


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 design the set and costumes of a play to be chosen by the School. 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.


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.


There are no grades or report cards given at the School.

The evaluation process is continuous and conducted with the collaboration of the professors and directors. These periodic evaluations give students the guidance, feedback and suggestions they need to improve and evolve their craft.

Students who have met all the requirements and completed their program of study will receive a certificate from the National Theatre School. NTS is accredited by Québec's Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur) which recognizes that its training programs are equivalent with that of a college program, but does not issue a collegiate studies diploma in theatre.

School Year

  • The school year is divided into two semesters.
  • The first semester usually begins around Labour Day and ends mid-December. The second semester runs from January until the beginning of May.
  • Classes are generally held from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Rehearsals, performances and classes are frequently held on Saturdays, Sundays, and in the evening.


Canadian citizens and permanent residents

Acting, Production, and Set & Costume Design programs: $4,850
Playwriting and Directing programs: $5,610

International Students

Acting, Production, and Set & Costume Design programs: $9,700
Playwriting and Directing programs: $11,220

Frequently asked questions

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.

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; and
  • Include a $75 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 a full-time student.

Are there prerequisites to be accepted to the NTS?

There is no academic diploma or degree required for any of NTS’s programs.

How long does it take before knowing if my application has been accepted?

The final results are officially communicated to candidates during the month of June.

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

The selection process for all programs lasts from February to June. At each step of the process, candidates are notified in advance of the date and location of their interview or audition as well as the status of their application.

Community Programs

NTS also offers classes and workshops for youth and adults.

  • Adult Classes: Theatre Reading Club
  • Adult Classes: NTS Choir
  • And more!

Go to the Community Programs page


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