Professional Training in Theatre

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The National Theatre School is the ONLY training institution for artists who want a professional career creating art that matters. 

A Word from the Artistic Director

Alisa Palmer

"Art can transform. It can transform you and our world. In this era of speed and stimulation with relentless push for impact and results, I dare you to take time, to be present in the moment, to be slow, and explore, and listen to the voices that emerge from inside you, the voices of your own unique imagination. These voices will emerge as you commit to your practice. And practice will allow you to share your imagination, your unique art with the world."

-Alisa Palmer, Artistic director of the English section of NTS

Our Programs

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Production Design and Technical Arts

Learn to develop innovative solutions, excel in technical and management skills, and create a rigorous and collaborative working environment.

Duration: Three years, full-time

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Set & Costume Design

Costume and set design for theatre, dance, opera, or the circus arts.

Duration: Three years, full-time

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Developing each actor’s awareness of their own unique artistic process.

Duration: Three years, full-time

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Rigorous and immersive training supporting individual growth through exposure to a diversity of professional practices and theatre styles.

Duration: Two years, full-time

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

Duration: Three years, full-time

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Our alumni work on stages and on screens across Canada and all over the world

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Sandra Oh
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Sandra Oh (Acting, 1993)

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Cliff Cardinal
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Cliff Cardinal (Playwriting, 2015)

Colm Feore (Acting, 1980)

Eda Holmes (Directing, 1996)

Blair Brown (Acting, 1969)

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Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Ann-Marie MacDonald (Acting, 1980)

Alum Testimony

"My experience at the National Theatre School of Canada was nothing short of life changing. The faculty went above and beyond; pushing me past my perceived limits while nurturing my emerging processes, and above all else respecting me as a unique artist in need of an individualized, personal learning plan."

Jesse Stong (Playwriting, 2013)

Our alumni work with these organizations:

  • Canadian Opera Company, Toronto
  • Canadian Stage, Toronto
  • Cirque du Soleil, Montreal
  • Dreamworks, Glendale, United States
  • Metropolitan Opera, New York, United States
  • National Arts Centre, Ottawa
  • Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg
  • Stratford festival, Stratford
  • Shaw festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Soulpepper, Toronto
  • SummerWorks, Toronto
  • Tarragon Theatre, Toronto
  • Universal Pictures, Los Angeles, United States


Applying to NTS is easy!

You can do it online in just a few steps. Discover our application guide to learn more.


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