Production Design and Technical Arts

Make a living with your art


The Production Design and Technical Arts program trains students in Production Management, Technical Direction, Stage Management, Stage Electrics/Lighting Design, Sound Systems/Sound Design, and Video Systems/Projection Design. Students learn their craft from seasoned professionals in a stimulating environment, complete with up-to-date technology and professional equipment. Core elements include working with the design teams, dialoguing with directors, finding innovative solutions, excelling in technical and management skills, and creating a rigorous and collaborative working environment.

Andrea Lundy - Director of the Production Design & Technical Arts program

"Join us at NTS, in a fun environment, where we value diligence, rigour, and collaboration. We develop multi-disciplined practitioners who gain the skills necessary to excel in the professional community."

Andrea Lundy has been a production manager and lighting designer for the past 30 years across Canada and internationally. As a lighting designer, she received 9 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and was nominated 22 times for outstanding design. As a production manager, she has been active in the Toronto theatre scene since the 80's.

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You must be at least 18 years old as of December 31 of the year of entry at NTS. Successful candidates will have post-secondary theatre training or equivalent experience and English language proficiency.



The applications for 2018 are now closed. The next intake will be in 2019. It’s easy, and it’s online. Simply fill out the application form and pay the registration fee. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next step.


2018-2019 School Year

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents

Foreign Students

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Each candidate is contacted for an interview (in person or via video conference). The program director herself will meet you.


Following the interview, all candidates are required to write a production concept for the mounting of a play chosen by the School. Candidates have one month after the interview to prepare this test.

Note: Starting in their first year, Production program students must have a laptop to complete their work and exercises. Students originating from Quebec who are applying for financial aid must mention it in their request, as it is recognized as a legitimate expense by the Student Financial Assistance Programs of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport du Québec.


  • Prominent teachers and coaches who form the foundation for a truly inspiring network of professional contacts and a host of hiring opportunities 
  • 100% of students find work in their field upon graduation! 
  • Small class size that challenges every student individually and allows each one to achieve their potential based on their needs, their skills, and their interests 
  • One-on-one coaching in the final year and advanced training unlike any other theatre production program in the country 
  • Working in five different spaces on campus, from intimate flexible black boxes to a unique, professional 800-seat proscenium stage theatre

Watch this video with then Production student Daniel Bennet to learn more about the program. 


Year 1

The aim is to build a solid base of technical knowledge. From this crucial core work, the intention is to build technically and conceptually strong theatre practitioners.

Year 2

The focus will be on process and actively reducing the gap between knowledge and the actual realization of designs and ideas. Exercises are geared towards building excellent collaborators who will fully grasp the process between pure knowledge and creative performance.

Year 3

Experience is the concentration for the graduating year. All students will work directly with professional directors and designers to hone their skills and foster their development. Whether they are given a management or design position, students are encouraged to deepen their knowledge base and put into practice the process taught during the 2nd year.

Accompanied by excellence

Cameron Davis

Projection and video designer
Cameron is constantly developing new techniques in the field of projection design and exploring 4D and holographic imagery.

Leigh Ann Vardy

Lighting Designer for theatres throughout Nova Scotia and across Canada.
She is the recipient of three Merritt Awards for design, and was recently nominated for the Siminovitch Prize.

Maria Popoff

Stage Manager
She has worked with great success in theatre, film and television, as well as the events industry.

Our alumni work with these organizations:

  • Arts Club
  • Centaur Theatre
  • Citadel Theatre
  • Charlottetown Festival
  • Great Canadian Theatre Company
  • National Arts Centre
  • Neptune Theatre
  • Royal MTC
  • Shaw Festival
  • Soulpepper
  • Stratford Festival
  • Tarragon Theatre



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