Production Design and Technical Arts

Artistic contributors capable of undertaking and managing a creative process.


  • 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 boxe 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!

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.



Fill out the online application form and pay the registration fee before February 14. We’ll be in touch to let you know about the next steps.

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 admission is currently open to applicants from outside Canada. However, at any time during the application process, the program director reserves the right to refuse an application if the health context is deemed too uncertain to accommodate international students.


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. Some financial aid is available. Learn more


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, Final Cut Studio, Adobe CS6, Logic Pro, Resolume Arena 
  • SOUND: Qlab,Protools, Modul 8, Ableton Live
  • LIGHTING: Lightwright

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.

Program code

For bursaries applications, the program code is FPAL.

Institution Code: 749672

An average of 20 student shows are created each year.

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 34 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).

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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.

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 many artistic companies around the globe. Here are a few examples:

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

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