Professional Training

Production Design and Technical Arts - Playwriting - Set and Costume Design - Directing - Acting

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ACTORS / DIRECTORS / DESIGNERS / WRITERS / PRODUCTION SPECIALISTS

An uncompromisingly intense curriculum, demanding the most of students while respecting their individuality as artists.

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Our programs in action

Monumental Occupation or 24-hour Creation Project is an opportunity for students from the French and English sections to work together during their academic studies. This gathering, mixing creative freedom and technical constraints, gave birth to impressive works during the 2019 edition.

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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.

  • Three years, full-time
  • 8 students per year
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Set and Costume Design

Become a costume and set designer with the skills to work not only in theatre, but also in dance, opera, and the circus arts.

  • Three years, full-time
  • 8 students per year

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Acting

Develop awareness of your own unique artistic process under the guidance of influential artists.

  • Three years, full-time
  • 14 students per year (maximum) 
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Directing

Develop your artistic practice and sharpen your skills as a collaborator and leader. Explore a diversity of professional practices in intensive workshops, scene studies and fully-realized productions.

  • Two years, full-time 
  • 2 students every two years
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Playwriting

Learn the art of writing for the theatre from Canada’s finest playmakers in the country’s only conservatory-style playwriting programs.

  • Three years, full-time 
  • 2 students per year
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EVALUATION

There are no grades or report cards given at the School.

The evaluation process is continuous and conducted with the collaboration of the professors and directors. These periodic evaluations give students the guidance, feedback and suggestions they need to improve and evolve their craft.

Students who have met all the requirements and completed their program of study will receive a certificate from the National Theatre School. NTS is accredited by Québec's Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur) which recognizes that its training programs are equivalent with that of a college program, but does not issue a collegiate studies diploma in theatre.

School Year

  • The school year is divided into two semesters.
  • The first semester usually begins around Labour Day and ends mid-December. The second semester runs from January until the beginning of May.
  • Classes are generally held from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Rehearsals, performances and classes are frequently held on Saturdays, Sundays, and in the evening.

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.  

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.  

A Word from the Artistic Director

"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 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)

Alumn Testimonial

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

  • 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

APPLICATION

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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