Production Design and Technical Arts

Artistic contributors capable of undertaking and managing a creative process.

Applications are open

WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM UNIQUE

  • 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 box theatres to a unique, professional 800-seat proscenium stage theatre
  • Hands-on, practical training underpinned by 20 student shows each year.
  • Prominent working artists hired as 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!

Training

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.

SOUND / LIGHTING / VIDEO / TECHNICAL DIRECTION / PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT / STAGE MANAGEMENT 

APPLICATION

APPLICATION FORM

Fill out the online application form and pay the registration fee before January 31

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.

INTERVIEW

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

PROJECT

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.

Applicants will be notified of the result of their application in June. 

An average of 20 student shows are created each year.

Curriculum

NTS offers highly individualized training. As such, the curriculum is subject to change, following the latest development in technology, new artistic practices, and the needs of the unique group of artists making up each class. Our training is always practical, supported by the 20 student shows created each year.

Production Design and Technical Arts students currently work with the following software:

  • CAD: Vectorworks, AutoCAD
  • VIDEO: Isadora, QLab, Adobe CS6, Logic Pro, Resolume Arena 
  • SOUND: QLab,Protools, Modul 8, Ableton Live
  • LIGHTING: Lightwright
See a list of classes

Instructors

Our students are taught and mentored by working professional artists who have their finger on the pulse of the artistic community.

They share a wealth of theatre experience from across Canada and around the world. NTS has an overall ratio of two instructors per student. Our group of teaching artists varies each year according to student needs.

List of artists who mentor our students

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 36 years across Canada and internationally. As a lighting designer, she received 9 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and 2 META Awards and has been nominated 26 times for outstanding design. As a production manager, she was active in the Toronto theatre scene and across the country for 30 years. Andrea sits on the Board of Directors for SMarts (Stage Managing the Arts) and CITT/ICTS (Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology).

Read the bio

They hired our Production Design and Technical Arts alumni:

  • 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

NEED ANY HELP?

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CONTACT OUR REGISTRATION OFFICE

services@ent-nts.ca

514-842-7954, ext. 134

FINANCIAL MATTERS

Learn more about tuition fees, student bursaries, and loans.

Starting in their first year, Production program students must have a laptop to complete their work and exercises. Some financial aid is available. Learn more

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