Playwriting

Next intake: September 2018
Registration deadline: January 31, 2018
Duration: Three years, full-time

To reveal each writer’s unique voice, while developing their imagination, craft, intellect, and creative process

CRITICAL ANALYSIS / STYLE / FORM

An array of writing projects, exercises, workshops, and classes allow students to discover the rhythms, tone, and style that best serve their plays. Through class work, discussion, critical analysis, and exposure to a broad variety of styles and forms, both classical and contemporary, the Playwriting program works to deepen the student’s understanding of the inner workings of a story, in theatre and other mediums.

WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM UNIQUE

  • A very high teacher-to-student ratio allowing an exceptional response to individual interests, needs, strengths, and challenges
  • Instruction from professional playwrights, dramaturgs, and directors who understand the realities of contemporary playwriting
  • Invitations to the highly regarded Banff Playwrights Colony: second-year students participate in the Colony to develop their third-year projects
  • Productions, workshops, and public readings of student work under the guidance of professional directors and dramaturgs

CURRICULUM

Year 1

Students discover and deepen their voice and process through core writing exercises

  • Anti-realism workshop
  • Canadian Plays and Playwrights
  • Writing in the Digital Age
  • Documentary Theatre
  • ...

Year 2

A vigorous exploration of style, form, personal practice, self-expression, and critical thinking

  • Banff Playwrights Colony
  • European Plays and Playwrights
  • Theatre for Young Audiences Project 
  • Writing for Television
  • ...

Year 3

A trial professional year: a central project for full production, and exploration of post-graduate opportunities

  • 3rd Year Studio Project (Writing, Dramaturgy, Workshops, Production)
  • Personal Writing and Creation Projects
  • Translation project (Professional translation of a selected play)
  • The Biz (Grants, contracts, self-producing, residencies, networking, agents & publishing, and cultivating post-graduation opportunities)
  • ...

Be trained by your theatre heroes

Judith Thompson (Acting, 1979)

Playwright who has twice won the Governor General's Award.
She has also received an ACTRA award, the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts presented by the Canada Council for the Art, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Jonathan Garfinkel

Playwright whose plays are produced throughout Canada and Europe, including House of Many Tongues, nominated for the 2011 Governor General’s Award. Author of a book of poems, and a memoir, he also writes non-fiction for The Globe and Mail and various magazines.

Fatma Sarah Elkashef

Dramaturg working in new play development.

She was the Senior Reader at Soho Theatre in London, U.K. Sarah has also been an associate producer, company manager, literary associate, and more in New York City.

Where the Plays of NTS Playwriting Graduates Are Presented

  • Alberta Theatre Projects
  • Centaur Theatre
  • Citadel Theatre
  • Factory Theatre
  • Magnetic North Theatre Festival
  • Geordie Productions
  • Native Earth Performing Arts
  • Nightwood Theatre
  • Tarragon Theatre
  • Prairie Theatre Exchange
  • Theatre New Brunswick
  • National Arts Centre

TWO STUDENTS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM EACH YEAR.

ADMISSION

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must be an artist at heart and be at least 18 years old as of December 31 of the year of entry at NTS.

APPLICATION FORM

You can start your application process right now. It’s easy, and it’s online. Simply fill out the application form and pay the registration fees before January 31, 2018. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next steps.

TUITION FEES

2017-2018 School Year

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
$5,610

Foreign Students
$11,220

Money should never be an obstacle to talent. NTS can help you pay for your studies.

Learn more about Financial Aid.

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED


Every application must be accompanied by:
• Two plays of at least 20 pages each (Please ensure your name appears on your play, and pages are numbered)
• A letter of intent
• Resume (optional)
Musicals and adaptations are not accepted.
Plays and support material must be submitted online.

INTERVIEW

Several candidates are invited to an interview before the final selection is made.

NEED ANY HELP?

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CONTACT OUR REGISTRATION OFFICE

services@ent-nts.ca

514-842-7954, ext. 134

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