Our goal with arts engagement is to open the doors of the National Theatre School to as many people as possible.
Through various courses, workshops, and programs, we hope to give different communities access to the resources and expertise developed at NTS over the past 60 years. We see it as our responsibility to connect with all those who have an interest in the performing arts.
We believe diversity and accessibility are critical to our society and art. With that in mind, we support everyone’s right to an artistic experience. We are committed to ensuring a better representation of diversity in our courses and to making our resources accessible to as many people as possible. That’s why we encourage people of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnicities, as well as Indigenous people, people with lived experiences, and people of colour, to register for our programs.
Artistic engagement is evolving and we are very enthusiastic about the future directions of our community programs!
We are grateful for the incredible work of the artists who have taught with us, and we thank you for your participation and enthusiasm over the past two years. A thousand thanks!
That said, we will not be presenting public workshops this year, other than the community choir. If you have a group who would like to arrange a workshop-visit at NTS, please contact the Artistic Engagement office: 514-842-7954 #132.
Theatre Engaging Communities (TEC)
Through the Theatre Engaging Communities (TEC) program, NTS supports its students and recent graduates by financing some of their artistic projects produced outside of the School (up to $5,000). This program combines the pursuit of artistic excellence with the determination to strengthen theatre’s social impact.
Students and recent NTS graduates (up to 5 years after graduation) may apply for for a grant to produce or perform art projects outside of the School if these projects demonstrate social or community involvement.
There are two types of grants
- type 1: project including some elements of community involvement (maximum amount requested $ 2,500)
- type 2: project with important community involvement or where the target community are active participants (maximum amount required $ 5,000)
The distinction between the two types of grants allows for the encouragement of different types of projects, while at the same time funding projects that demonstrate stronger and measurable community relevance.Apply now!
The National Theatre School Festival provides a showcase for high school drama students to demonstrate their unique work. It brings together a large community to view, discuss and enjoy each other’s creative efforts, under the guidance of experienced adjudicators. It facilitates and inspires a love of dramatic literature, team work, problem solving, originality and entrepreneurship. It invites current and future audiences to fall in love with theatre.Learn more!
NTS Community Choir
A choir built for fun! If you’ve never sung in a choir before or don’t read music, that’s okay! No prior experience necessary. Simply bring your enthusiasm, your joy and your laughter. We'll take care of the rest.Register today!