Established in Montreal in 1960, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) offers professional training in English and French in a setting that unites all the theatre arts: acting, playwriting, directing, set and costume design, and production.
NTS is one of the few schools in the world that unites all the theatre arts under one roof. English- and French-speaking students study their respective theatrical traditions, learning in an atmosphere of respect for their cultures. NTS students acquire a strong base in traditional techniques, skills, and methods of learning that will serve them throughout their lives in and outside the theatre.
Theatre is anchored by traditions that are centuries old, but it is also constantly evolving. Training at the National Theatre School reflects this paradox. NTS students' mastery of classical techniques and traditions is complemented by their exposure to contemporary and experimental work.
In its selection of teachers and students, the NTS seeks out artists who demonstrate exceptional creativity, autonomy, talent, dedication, discipline, curiosity, sensitivity, generosity, integrity and vision. While all students share these qualities, the School does not aim to put a recognizable stamp on its graduates. Rather, its goal is to give them the tools and environment that will let them realize their full potential as unique, individual artists.