National Theatre School DRAMAFEST UPDATE - March 13, 2020
Dear Festival community,
Following a meeting with the Regional coordinators in Ontario this morning, as well as the British Columbia team, it has been decided that the NTS DRAMAFEST will not be holding its Provincial Showcases in British Columbia and Ontario this year. Regional Showcases in Ontario are also cancelled.
As a national festival, we are accountable for the safety and wellbeing of our communities of dedicated students, teachers, volunteers and spectators. It was collectively decided that we must do our part in minimizing the Coronavirus’ impact.
The NTS DRAMAFEST team is actively looking for creative solutions to this year’s tempest. We are taking this time to consult with the pedagogical team to see what is possible or what we can come up with as a plan to give students and teachers access to resources and to give everyone a positive outcome in the end, even if it's just a ray of theatrical light!
In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and your families.
The Festival changes the lives of thousands of high school students every year, such as Miranda Baker.
''This is the year I discovered that I really want to do this as a living. It's what I am going to do for the rest of my life and I feel that without this festival, I would have chosen something different and would not have been as happy as I am now, going into theatre.'' – Miranda Baker, NTS Drama Festival participant
A Nisga'a student from Charles Hays Secondary School, Prince Rupert, Miranda was the recipient of the B.C. NTS Festival Scholarship in addition to the Outstanding Original Script award for her original play ''To Grow Up''. The one-act play tells the story of Nicole, an Indigenous girl confronted with racism in her community. During the play, she will learn to grow and how to heal, thanks to the help of her friend Damion.
Learn more about Miranda's experiences
The prime purpose of the Festival is to provide a showcase for Secondary School students from all around the province to demonstrate their unique Drama work. It brings together students, teachers, and theatre professionals to participate in high quality workshops, view-discuss-critique student theatre performances, and learn more about the art and craft of Theatre. Participation in the Festival fosters respect, excitement, artistic development, teamwork, problem solving, and a true sense of community.
National Presenting Partner
January 17, 2019, MONTRÉAL, QC – The National Theatre School (NTS) is proud to announce a new partnership with TD Bank Group as the national presenting partner of the National Theatre School Festival.