April 27 to May 4, 2019

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Who's to say what adulthood means anymore, when a hostile rental market, rising underemployment, and the decline of the nuclear family make all the old goalposts unattainable? Matt and his family-of-friends are trying to keep afloat in East Vancouver, living paycheque to paycheque with ever-lowering expectations for the future. But when an unexpected pregnancy forces them all to confront that rapidly approaching future, they must reconsider the limits of what a family can be, and weigh the lives they want to lead against the desires that are out of their control.

A play written by Jacob Margaret Archer (Playwriting 3, Chilliwack, British Columbia) and directed by Sarah Garton Stanley.

Poster design by Erika Parra Bernal (Set and Costume Design, 3rd year, Palmira, Colombia)

The New Words Festival is the culminating project of the graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada’s English Section. Two brand-new, never-before-produced plays run in repertory during the students’ final week at the School, just days before graduation. Written by students in NTS’s Playwriting Program, and realized by students in the Acting, Production Design and Technical Arts, and Set and Costume Design programs, the plays produced at the New Words Festival mark the end of the students’ formal training and the beginning of their professional careers. A showcase for exciting new talent, New Words is particularly poignant for the playwrights whose plays reach the public for the very first time during their tenure at NTS. Join us in celebrating these artists who will shape the future of Canadian theatre by taking in both exciting productions on offer this year!

-Andrea Romaldi, Director of the Playwriting program

Video trailer

Watch the student-created trailer for THINK OF THE CHILDREN! 

Interview with the Playwright

Jacob Margaret Archer (Playwriting 3, Chilliwack, British Columbia) discusses their play THINK OF THE CHILDREN, which touches on the challenges of building a life with limited resources, as well as an unplanned pregnancy that puts the characters of the play out of equilibrium. 

Jacob Margaret Archer, Playwright

Jacob Margaret Archer is a non-binary playwright and dramaturge. Their work is frequently character-driven and embraces themes of longing and belonging, families of choice, and how best to manage one’s existential dread (always taking suggestions!), while emphasizing queer, transgender, disabled, and neurodivergent voices. Their time in the NTS Playwriting program has included training in dramaturgy, translation, writing for television, and theatre for young audiences. They also studied theatre production, directing, and devised theatre throughout their undergraduate degree. They have recently worked with a selection of theatre practitioners, including dramaturges Erin Shields and Andrea Romaldi, and directors Maiko Yamamoto and Sarah Garton Stanley.



Graduating students in Acting 

  • Chloe Giddings A3
  • Nathaniel Hanula-James A3
  • Rochelle Laplante A3
  • Tara Sky A3
  • Benjamin Thomas A3
  • Set and Props Designer Erika Parra Bernal S3
  • Set assistant Marianne Lonergan-Pilotto S2 and Jeanne Dupré S3, Joline Rath SCD2, Jawon Kang SCD2
  • Costume designer Christos Darlasis S3
  • Costume and props assistant Joline Rath S2 
  • Lighting Designer Hannah Kirby PT3
  • Sound Designer Eryn Griffith ART
  • Video Designer Pedro Melão-FerreiraPT3
  • Stage Manager Elizabeth Richardson PT3
  • Assistant Stage Manager Caitlin Farley PT1
  • Production Manager Claire Bourdin PT3
  • Technical Director MacKenzie Poole PT3
  • Assistant Technical Director Patrick Fitzsimmons PT2
  • Crew & 2nd Assistant Technical Director Tiffany Ledesma PT1
  • Crew & Technical Assistant Brenda Vaca PT1
  • Head Carpenter Michael Wanless PT2
  • Head Electrician Zack Fedora PT2
  • Crew & Lighting Assistant Brianna Unger PT1
  • Head of Video Christian Horoszczak PT2
  • Crew & Video Assistant Brendan Agnew PT1
  • Head of Sound/Live Mixer Paige Prystupa PT2
  • Crew & Sound Assistant Ava Bishop PT1


A3 Third year Acting graduating students, SCD3 Third year Set and Costume Design graduating students, PT3 Third year Production Design and Technical Arts graduating students,PW3 Third year Playwriting graduating students, SCD2 Second year Set and Costume Design students, PT2 Second year Production Design and Technical Arts students, PT1 First year Production Design and Technical Arts students, ART Artistic Residence in training


Dramaturgy - Andrea Romaldi, Movement - Rebecca Harper, Voice - Laurel Thomson, Fight Director - Anita Nittoly, Associate Fight Director - David Chinchilla, Set & Costume Design - Loïc Hoy Lacroix, Head of Props - Angela Rassenti, Lighting Design - Michelle Ramsay, Video Design - Alex Williams, Sound Design - Troy Slocum, Production Management - Andrea Lundy, Stage Management - Crystal Laffoley, Technical Direction - Nathaniel Kennedy, Head of Scenic Painting - Véronique Pagnoux, Head of Carpentry - Guillaume Simard ,Master Carpenter - Christian Larochelle, Technical Supervision - David Jodoin, Head of Lighting - Marc Leduc, Head of Sound - Xavier Berthiaume


  • Preview: April 27, 2019, 9:00pm 
  • April 29, 2019, 7:30pm
  • May 1st, 2019 at 9:00pm
  • May 2nd, 2019 at 6:30pm
  • May 3rd, 2019 at 9:00pm
  • May 4th, 2019 at 2:00pm - closing


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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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