National Theatre School of Canada

  • Graduation day 2016 for 52 students from NTS’ five training programs: Production, Set and Costume Design, Directing, Acting and Playwriting.

    Photo: Christian Blais

  • Étienne Lou (Interprétation student) guides a workshop during the 2015 Horizons Diversité internship, which welcomes young people from 16 to 24 who are passionate about theatre.

    Photo: Maxime Boisvert

  • Alice Snaden (Acting, 2016) in Hamlet directed by Alisa Palmer, February, 2016.

    Photo: Maxime Côté

  • Gillian Nasser (Set and Costume Design, 2016) in conversation with a teacher.

    Photo: Maxime Côté

  • Three students in Playwriting during Open House 2015.

    Photo: Maxime Côté


9 programs (4 English, 4 French and 1 bilingual)

805 aspiring students applied for the 2016-2017 term

54 were accepted

168 students registered at the start of the 2016-2017 school year

530 professional working artists teach at the school

A beacon for talent

The National Theatre School of Canada has been fostering generations of leading performing arts specialists since 1960. Located in Montréal, it is one of the few schools in the world that offers professional theatre training in English and French in a setting that unites all the theatre arts: acting, playwriting, directing, set and costume design and production. Power Corporation has been a proud supporter of the school since 1993.

Developing unique artists

While the School runs established programs in its various disciplines, it provides an open environment and the tools all students require to achieve their individual potential as unique artists. Teachers at the School are working professionals, leaders in their disciplines who bring both innovation and experience to the classroom setting. It is this direct contact with the theatre community that allows the School’s graduates to enter their respective fields so successfully upon graduation.

Since its inception, the National Theatre School has graduated close to 2,000 artists, including such luminaries as Chris Abraham, Colm Feore, Martha Henry, Allan Hawco, Ann-Marie Macdonald, Sandra Oh, Eda Holmes and Cliff Cardinal. Admission standards are very high. The School has roughly 160 students enrolled at any given time.

For a little over half a century, the School has acted as a beacon for several generations of talented Canadian theatre artists who have created works for the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, Cirque du Soleil and the Opéra de Montréal, as well as for the television and film industries. The National Theatre School continues to evolve by training artists who are informed, curious and culturally diverse; they represent the future of our Canadian culture.

Over the past 20 years, Power Corporation and its subsidiaries have contributed substantially to capital campaigns conducted by the National Theatre School. Our donations have helped the School to acquire technical equipment and to fund endowments which will assist students in financial need. We have supported the School in its goal of ensuring that no qualified applicant is denied an opportunity for lack of financial resources.

“As it approaches its 60th anniversary, the School is looking towards the future and engaging more actively with Canadians,” said Chief Executive Officer Gideon Arthurs. “By leveraging its independence, it will pursue an ambitious agenda that will not only strengthen its existing programs, but explore initiatives that will open new pathways to the School for artists, educators, and the general public. In doing so, the School takes a leading role in strengthening the cultural sector and contributing to a healthier, more resilient society.”   

Since its initial gift in 1993, Power Corporation has been a constant and generous donor to the National Theatre School of Canada.
Gideon Arthurs
Chief Executive Officer
National Theatre School of Canada


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