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.

Andrea Romaldi - Director of the playwriting program

"Making new plays is as much about soul-searching and self-reflection as it is about writing. What are you willing to examine and re-examine in your life? Your work? Your art? What risks are you willing to take to evoke and realize a brand new world on stage?" 

Andrea Romaldi is a dramaturg, teacher, and theatre administrator who, during her fifteen-year career in theatre, has also worked as an independent producer, director and actor. Prior to joining the National Theatre School, she spent ten seasons as Literary Manager at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, directing the theatre’s extensive roster of play development programs, and assisting in the development of over 80 new plays, with almost 30 produced.

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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, workshops, classes, and seminars aimed at developing the whole artist while practicing the discipline of writing.

Year 2

A vigorous exploration of style, form, personal practice, self-expression, and critical thinking, while developing two central writing projects toward professional workshops and staged readings.

Year 3

A trial professional year: a central project to be considered for full production, and exploration of post-graduate opportunities through the Biz. Additional creation projects are devised in conjunction with the Program Director.

Accompanied by excellence

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.

Erin Shields

Playwright and actor. Winner of the 2011 Governor General's Award for her play If We Were Birds. Erin is co-Artistic Director (with Andrea Donaldson) of an independent theatre company, Groundwater Productions. 

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.

Our alumni work with these organizations:

  • 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.

ADMISSIONS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

You must 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 fee before January 31, 2018. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next step.

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

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514-842-7954, ext. 134

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