National Theatre School DRAMAFEST Structure



Secondary school drama groups must first enter one of approximately 24 District Festivals held in various areas of the province. Each District is organized by geographic location. The number of shows that proceed to the Regional level is determined by a set formula.


District finalists are then invited to one of six Regional Festivals, each usually running three to six nights.


Two Outstanding Productions from each Regional Festival are invited to perform at the Ontario Showcase, moving locations across the province from year to year. The 2020 festival will be held in North Bay, Ontario.

ART APART | Urgent support for emerging artists amid COVID-19 crisis

Because physical distance shouldn’t mean total isolation, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is allocating $60,000 in support of emerging artists (as 80 grants of $750). These funds will be granted to theatre artists in training, or artists who have completed a theatre training program within the past five years, to present a piece of art online.

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