Work with leading professional theatre artists and explore a variety of forms, methodologies and spaces

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  • Highly personalized mentorship in a class of only two students
  • Collaboration with professional actors, designers, dramaturges and theatre artists
  • Direct contact with leading professional directors and artistic directors
  • Examination of a variety of forms, methodologies and spaces
  • Direct interaction with Quebecois artists and theatre practices
  • Directing a full-produced one-act play with a team of professional and student artists
  • Directing an original play written by a graduating Playwriting student, with a cast, and design and production team made up entirely of graduating students

2 years of training | 2 students every two years

Rigorous and immersive training that supports individual growth through exposure to a diversity of professional practices and theatrical forms


NTS’s training for directors is rigorous and immersive. It supports individual growth through exposure to a diversity of professional forms and theatre styles, and a thorough examination of current theatre practices. Throughout their time at NTS, students will develop an intimate rapport with Canadian and Quebecois theatre artists. Students in the English Section will also interact with students from Mise-en-scène, the School’s French directors’ training program at various points in their training. While the working language for the program is English, some basic French is encouraged and supported by the School.



Fill out the online application form and pay the registration fee before January 31. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next steps.

  • IMPORTANT: The Directing program accepts applications once every two years. 
  • You must be at least 18 years old as of December 31 of the year of entry at NTS.


Once the application has been submitted, candidates 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.

Details are communicated to candidates shortly after the admission deadline. 


After consideration of these submissions, selected candidates will be invited to attend a workshop in Montreal which will include an interview.


NTS offers highly individualized training. As such, the curriculum is subject to change, following the latest development in technology, new artistic practices, and the needs of the unique group of artists making up each class. Our training is always practical, supported by the 20 student shows created each year.

Year 1

Moving between theoretical work and hands-on application, students solidify their foundations, deepen their self-awareness, develop their personal practice, and experiment with form.

Year 2

Along with classes and workshop, the second year is dedicated to the realisation of two productions: the first, of the directors' choosing, is supported by professional mentors and collaborators; the other sees the students directing productions of the graduating playwrights’ work for the New Word Festival, featuring all-student casts, and design and production teams.

An average of 20 student shows are created each year.

Matjash Mrozewski, Director of the Directing program & Associate Director of Residencies

“It’s an honour to support and challenge emerging directors on their intense journey at NTS. Our exacting training provides students with a solid foundation of practical skills and space to sharpen their personal, artistic voice.”

- Matjash Mrozewski, Director of the Directing program and Associate Director of Residencies

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Our students are taught and mentored by working professional artists who have their finger on the pulse of the artistic community.

They share a wealth of theatre experience from across Canada and around the world. NTS has an overall ratio of two instructors per student. Our group of teaching artists varies each year according to student needs.

Accompanied by excellence

Sarah Garton Stanley

Director and dramaturg
Sarah received the 2016 Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas’ Elliot Hayes Award for her focus on the Indigenous body of performance work in Canada.

Brendan Healy (Directing, 2005)

His shows have garnered multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and he is a recipient of the Ken McDougall and the Pauline McGibbon awards for directing. Between 2009 and 2015, Brendan was the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Ravi Jain

Actor and award-winning director whose work has been produced extensively around the world. Over the past six years, as artistic director and founder of his international theatre company Why Not Theatre, Ravi has created over 14 productions, performing in 15 different cities on 4 continents.

Our alumni work with many artistic companies around the globe. Here are a few examples:

  • Artistic Fraud
  • Bard on the Beach
  • Centaur Theatre
  • Crow’s Theatre
  • Festival Trans-Amériques
  • Globe Theatre
  • High Performance Rodeo
  • National Arts Centre
  • PuSh
  • Segal Centre
  • Shaw Festival
  • Soulpepper
  • Stratford Festival
  • SummerWorks
  • Tarragon Theatre
  • The Theatre Centre
  • Why Not Theatre
  • 2b Theatre


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