• Carly Chamberlain interview

    Video by Marie-Ève Rochon and Alexandre Gauthier

  • Directing Carly

    Directing student Carly Chamberlain during a rehearsal
    Picture by Maxime Côté

  • Directing Tanya

    Directing student Tanya Rintoul (center) during rehearsal
    Picture by Maxime Côté

  • The Wind Carly Chamberlain

    The Wind directed by Carly Chamberlain (Directing, 2016)
    Actors: Graham Cuthbertson and James Loye
    Picture by Marie-Ève Rochon

  • Flesh and Other Fragments of Love

    Flesh and Other Fragments of Love directed by Tanya Rintoul (Directing, 2016)
    Pictured: Elsbeth McCall
    Picture by: Marie-Ève Rochon

  • Flesh and Other Fragments of Love 2

    Flesh and Other Fragments of Love directed by Tanya Rintoul (Directing, 2016)
    Pictured: Elsbeth McCall
    Picture by: Marie-Ève Rochon

  • Flesh and Other Fragments of Love 3

    Flesh and Other Fragments of Love directed by Tanya Rintoul
    Pictured: Anne Day-Jones
    Picture by: Marie-Ève Rochon

Directing

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Training for directors is a rigorous and immersive process, supporting individual growth through exposure to a diversity of professional practices and theatre styles, including a thorough examination of current Canadian and Quebec theatre practices. The program offers an unparalleled opportunity for involvement in core theatre disciplines including acting, design, production and new play development.

The National Theatre School’s training for directors is rigorous and immersive. It supports individual growth through exposure to a diversity of professional practices and theatre styles, including a thorough examination of current Canadian and Quebec theatre practices. The program offers an exceptional opportunity for involvement in core theatre disciplines, including acting, design, production, and new play development. Directors will work with experienced Canadian and international directors, actors, playwrights, and designers, developing their individual practices through hands-on training.

Watch our interview with Directing student Carly Chamberlain.
For more information regarding admissions to this program, please contact Patricia Raynaud at patriciaraynaud@ent-nts.ca or (514) 842-7954, extension 134

This program is for you if you:

  • have previous directing experience;
  • possess great ambitions and the drive to become a cultural leader for your generation;
  • are curious and motivated by an appetite for learning and discovery;
  • have a passion for the theatre, a love for the other arts, and find excitement in collaboration:

What makes the program unique?

  • Direct contact with leading professional directors in a class of only two students;
  • Working and collaborating with professional actors, designers, choreographers, etc.
  • Working in a variety of spaces, from intimate flexible black boxes to a large 800-seat proscenium stage theatre;
  • In the final year of training, students direct an original play written by a Playwriting graduating student and featuring the graduating Acting class.

Where do NTS Directing graduates work?

Directing graduates create their own work, which has been seen nationally and internationally at major festivals across the country, including:

  • Festival TransAmériques (FTA), Montreal
  • High Performance Rodeo, Calgary
  • Magnetic North Festival
  • PuSH, Vancouver
  • SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto
  • and others.

Directing graduates have also worked with:

  • Artistic Fraud, St. John’s
  • Caravan Farm Theatre, Armstrong
  • Playwrights' Workshop Montreal
  • Segal Centre, Montreal
  • Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Soulpepper, Toronto
  • Stratford Festival
  • The Theatre Centre, Toronto
  • The National Arts Centre, Ottawa
  • Tarragon Theatre, Toronto
  • and many others.

1st Year

Directing Practices Directing Mentorship
Creative Source Text Analysis
Scenography Lighting Workshop
Sound Workshop Projection Workshop
Movement Practices Theatre History
Art History Production Team Management
Scene Study Devised Study
Directors' Studio Project

2nd Year

Rehearsal Preparation Rehearsal Practices
Text Analysis Dramaturgy
Classical Text Modern Text
Research Practices Leadership Workshop
Mentorship Music
Movement History of Ideas
Communication with Actors Assistant Directing
Directors' Final Project
Note : Curriculum is subject to change, and varies each year according to student needs.

Associate Director

The director of the Directing program is Alisa Palmer.

Associate Director: Rose Plotek

Rose Plotek is a director and theatre maker whose work investigates form and aesthetic, with experimentation being a driving force of both development and presentation. Recent credits: Like Mother, Like Daughter, created with Ravi Jain (Why Not Theatre, Toronto) and Complicite (London, UK); Bloody Family (Theatre Centre); LEAR (World Stage/Magnetic North); Performance About A Woman (Summerworks Performance Festival).

Photo: David Cooper Photography

Complete Biography

Faculty

  • Chris Abraham
  • Jean Asselin
  • Arianna Bardesono
  • Jason Byrne
  • Naomi Campbell
  • Micheline Chevrier
  • Kim Collier
  • Franklin N. Cox-O'Connell
  • Brian Drader
  • Fatma Sarah Elkashef
  • Richard Feren
  • Julie Fox
  • Jonathan Garfinkel
  • Brendan Healy
  • Ravi Jain
  • Maureen LaBonté
  • David Latham
  • Andrea Lundy
  • Michael Mackenzie
  • Ruth Madoc-Jones
  • Philip McKee
  • Graham McLaren
  • Leopold Plotek
  • Alice Ronfard
  • Sarah Garton Stanley
  • Jennifer Tarver
  • Kelly Thornton
  • Evan Webber
  • Ker Wells
  • Michael Wheeler
  • Susan Williams
  • Jacob Zimmer

Note: Faculty is subject to change, and varies each year according to student needs.
The above list includes past instructors.

1

Application Form

Candidates must be at least 18 years old as of December 31 of the year of entry at NTS, must fill out the application form and submit it online.
Registration fee ($75) must be made by certified cheque or money order (mail) or processed online (Visa or Mastercard) by January 31, 2018, in order to be considered for the autumn session.

2

Documents Required

Once the application has been submitted, candidates are subsequently required to submit a portfolio that will include

  • a letter of intention,
  • a resume and
  • a written treatment of a text from a list of plays supplied by the School.

Details are communicated to candidates upon receipt of their application.

3

Interview Process

After consideration of these submissions, selected candidates will be invited to attend a workshop in Montreal in May 2018; which will include an interview.
Dates of 2018 workshop to be confirmed.

TWO CANDIDATES ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM EVERY TWO YEARS

Note: The selection process for this program takes place every two years. The next application period will start in September 2017, for the 2018-2019 school year.

In general, successful applicants have some professional theatre experience prior to entering the program at NTS.

Brendan Healy

The School taught me, on the one hand, to be very true to myself in terms of a vision, to stick to that vision and be very articulate, clear and perseverant about it. And at the same time, it exposed me to new ideas and challenged me to go beyond what I initially thought was the right choice. I was encouraged to remain flexible in terms of approaches, to stretch myself stylistically.
Brendan Healy (Directing, 2005)

Emma Tibaldo

NTS encouraged me to confront myself and in so doing allowed me to define myself as an artist.
Emma Tibaldo (Directing, 2003), Artistic Director, Playwrights' Workshop Montréal and Theatre Director (Montréal, QC)

Lise Ann Johnson

The NTS taught me the tools of my craft. It also introduced me to lifelong friends and collaborators. But perhaps most importantly, it instilled in me the theatrical values that I still hold dear – that without action and conflict there is no drama; that without imagination and freedom there is no surprise; and that without truthfulness there is no humanity.
Lise Ann Johnson (1 year Directing residency - 1992) - Artistic Director, Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa, ON)

  • Chris Abraham
  • Arianna Bardesono
  • Christian Barry
  • Anthony Black
  • Paula Danckert
  • Brendan Healy
  • Eda Holmes
  • Rose Plotek
  • Anita Rochon
  • Emma Tibaldo
Program Registration
Next Intake:

September 2018

Duration:

Two years, full-time

Tuition

2017-2018 School Year
Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents: $5,610
Foreign Students: $11,220

Registration Deadline Date:

January 31, 2018