Professional Training in Theatre

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National Theatre School
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ACTORS / DIRECTORS / DESIGNERS / WRITERS / PRODUCTION SPECIALISTS

The National Theatre School is the ONLY training institution for artists who want more than anything to work as professionals to create work that matters.

"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 Programs

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National Theatre School
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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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National Theatre School
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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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Acting

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

Duration: Three years, full-time

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National Theatre School
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Directing

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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Playwriting

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 globe

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Sandra Oh
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National Theatre School
Sandra Oh
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Sandra Oh (Acting, 1993)

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Cliff Cardinal
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National Theatre School
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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École nationale de théâtre
Ann-Marie MacDonald
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Ann-Marie MacDonald (Acting, 1980)

They hire our alumni:

  • Canadian Opera Company
  • CanStage
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Dreamworks
  • Metropolitan Opera
  • National Arts Centre
  • Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
  • Stratford festival
  • Shaw festival
  • Soulpepper
  • SummerWorks
  • Tarragon
  • Universal Pictures

APPLICATION

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

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