Thank you to everyone who came to Homecoming 2019! Stay tuned for the dates of Homecoming 2020!

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A Word From a Friend

"As a member of the first graduating class of NTS, I send my greetings and a few thoughts.

Apart from getting married, attending NTS was the most significant event in my life. I carry with great pride the memory of sitting in a circle listening to Michel Saint-Denis and taking a class with Suria. In one of our first classes, Brian Macdonald said he thought the school was unique in the world since it took the best of British tradition, coupled it with the finest of French tradition, and then turned it loose on the energy and dynamism of North America. I remember so well the joy of working with the French students. Watching them struggling to find their truth by working from the outside and travelling inward while we English students struggled to find the same truth working from the inside and travelling outwards. Magic!In our second year, the school staged some scene work as a presentation for a group of theatre professionals. As a result, I was given a contract to work with the Crest Theatre upon graduation.

Then, in my final year, I was offered the role of Bernardo in West Side Story at Rainbow Stage in Winnipeg. With the Schools blessing, I left NTS to begin my professional career. For 50 years, I never stopped! I often had contracts 18 months in advance. They were heady times and all a testament to the quality of training we received. The school prepared us well.

To then graduate and find yourself working beside your teachers and mentors was a treasure like no other. To those of you now training: work hard, enjoy, follow your dreams! To my fellow graduates, my brothers and sisters, I offer my best wishes for happiness and success in all your endeavors.

Yours, "

Neil Dainard (Acting 1963)

2019 Schedule

October 25th 2019

  • 12PM-3PM Bleviss Family Library Visit (5030 St-Denis Street)

  • 2PM-7PM Registration open at the Monument-National (1182 St-Laurent Boulevard)

  • 3PM-4PM Tours of the Monument-National (one in English, one in French) (1182 St-Laurent Boulevard)

  • 6PM-7h30PM Cocktail event (1182 St-Laurent Boulevard)

  • 7h30PM-9h30PM Gascon-Thomas & Teaching Awards Ceremony (1182 St-Laurent Boulevard)

  • 9h30PM-12AM After party - Cash bar, legal drinking age applies (1182 St-Laurent Boulevard)

    October 26th 2019

  • 10AM-2h15PM Registration open in the main hall (5030 St-Denis Street)

  • 10AM-11AM Tours Saint-Denis Campus - one in English, one in French - (5030 St-Denis Street)

  • 11AM-1PM Brunch in the Cafeteria (5030 St-Denis Street)

  • 1PM-4PM Bleviss Family Library Visit (5030 St-Denis Street)

  • 1PM-1h30PM Panel discussion ''Where is NTS Now and Where are we Heading?'' IN ENGLISH. Come hear where your school is headed and catch up on the latest chapter of arts training! Speakers include Alisa Palmer, Artistic Director of the English Section, with associate artist, Quincy Armorer, and NTS Program Directors Andrea Lundy, Andrea Romaldi, Stéphane Longpré and Matjash Mrozewski. (5030 St-Denis Street, Annex, 254)

  • 1:30PM-3PM ''Where your NTS training took you and how to shape an even better path for the next generation?” IN ENGLISH. Long Table, a space for exchange and dialogue (5030 St-Denis Street, Annex 254)

  • 1PM-3PM Panel discussion "L’École aujourd’hui : une formation toujours plus pertinente," EN FRANÇAIS. A round table moderated by Frédéric Dubois, artistic director of the French section, in the presence of Anne-Catherine Lebeau (sustainable practices in theatre), Solène Paré (women in theatre), and Xavier Huard (projects with Indigenous theatre artists). (5030 St-Denis Street, Annex 251)

  • 11AM-3PM Short Films from our Professional Film Projects (5030 St-Denis Street, André-Pagé Studio)

  • 10AM-2PM Costume sale (1182, boul. Saint-Laurent)

  • 6PM-7h30PM Student show Indra’s Web (1182, boul. Saint-Laurent) 

Gascon-Thomas Awards

Recipients of the 2019 Gascon-Thomas Awards

The NTS Governors are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Gascon-Thomas Awards, which are presented to two artists who are contributing to the advancement of Canadian theatre. On this occasion, we extend special thanks to Alberta G. Cefis, Chair of the NTS Board of Directors, for her exemplary commitment to the School and for her special patronage of this event.

This year, the Gascon-Thomas award for Innovation will be given to Weyni Mengesha, artistic director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company and the Gascon-Thomas award for Lifetime Achievement will be given to actor Gilles Renaud.

Two other prizes will also be awarded at the ceremony:

1. The Bernard Amyot Award for Teaching Excellence will recognize two young artists who have been with the School for three years or less: Dean Fleming and Catherine Bourgeois.

2. The Sims Family Award for Teaching Excellence is awarded annually to an established teacher for outstanding contributions to the pedagogical development of the School: Catherine Gadouas.

Hotels and Shows


Mention your participation in NTS Homecoming to benefit from preferential rates with our partners (limited places):

Hotel Zero1Bookings by October 11, 514-871-9696 / 1-855-301-0001 / 1 Boulevard René-Lévesque E, Montreal, QC H2X 3Z

Hotel Le Cantlie Suites: Reservations by October 18. 514-842-2000 / 
1110 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC H3A 1G9

Hôtel de l’ITHQ: 514-282-5120 / 1 855-229-8189 / 3535, Saint-Denis, Montreal QC H2X 3P1



Theatres offering special rates to NTS Alumni for shows during Homecoming weekend:

Centaur Theatre

Box Office 514-288-3161 / 453 St-François-Xavier, Montreal, QC H2R 2G5

  • October 15-November 3, 2019: Alice and the World We Live 

  • October 26, 4PM : Join Eda Holmes in an informal conversation about dramaturgy. Centaur Gallery. (free, no registration required)

  • October 27, 4PM : Sunday Cabaret with Martin Bédard and Douglas Price. Centaur Gallery.

Théâtre du Rideau Vert 

Box office 514 844-1793 / 4664, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal QC H2J 2L3


FAQ Section

What is a Long Table?

The Long Table is a format for discussion that uses the setting of a domestic dinner table as a means to generate public conversation. Conceived in 2003 by Lois Weaver in response to the divided nature of conventional panel discussions, the Long Table allows voices to be heard equally, disrupting hierarchical notions of ''expertise''.

What are the rules of etiquette for a Long Table?

This is a performance of a dinner table conversation. Anyone seated at the table is a guest performer. Talk is the only course. No one will moderate, but a host may assist you. It is a democracy. To participate, simply take an empty seat at the table. If the table is full you can request a seat. If you leave the table, you can come back again. Feel free to write your comments on the tablecloth. There can be silence. There might be awkwardness. There could always be laughter. There is an end but no conclusion.

What are the anniversary class years?

A:           1969 - 50th                         1964 – 55th

               1979 – 40th                             1974 – 45th

               1989 – 30th                             1984 – 35th           

               1999 – 20th                             1994 – 25th

               2009 -  10th                             2004 – 15th

                                                         2014 -   5th

If I want to organize something for my cohort/program, may I?

Sure, you have the evening on Saturday or all day Sunday to get together with your friends. If you need recommendations on cool bars and restaurants, please contact Chana Ellman at chanaellman@ent-nts.ca or call us at 514-842-7954 x149

I really would like to attend but can’t afford a hotel, are their billeting/couch surfing opportunities?

We have a limited number of billeting opportunities, please contact Chana Ellman at chanaellman@ent-nts.ca or call us at 514-842-7954 x149. This is strictly on a first come, first served basis.