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CEO Gideon Arthurs Announces New Pathways to NTS

Today, NTS is launching an ambitious four-year growth plan that will radically broaden the School's impact on Canadian theatre and society. The School is developing a wide range of new programs to give more Canadians access to its expertise and facilities:
  1.  Masterclasses for theatre professionals and residencies for aspiring Artistic Directors, Indigenous artists, and Scenographers;
  2.  Programs for the general public, such as theatre intensives for teenagers and classes for adults;
  3.  Programs designed for businesses, including storytelling, teambuilding and creativity.
New programming and pilot initiatives will roll out in Summer 2017 and be fully operational by NTS' 60th anniversary in 2020.
Welcome to YOUR National Theatre School of Canada!

Artistic Leadership Development Residencies

We are living a rare moment of generational transition in artistic leadership positions as the “baby-boomer” generation of founders begins to retire. We want to empower Canadian artists so that they feel ready and able to become Artistic Directors, a role that is now more complex and challenging than ever.

Co-developed with the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity Cultural Leadership Program, this is a one-year training program that combines curriculum-based teaching and professional placements at theatres and other organizations.

Curriculum elements include: business skills, network management, entrepreneurial capabilities, building and sharing an artistic vision, new models for audience engagement, civic leadership, networking, and more!

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10-day theatre intensive for 13 to 17 year-olds

Starting this summer, young people between 13 and 17 years of age will have the opportunity to take part in a rigorous theatre intensive to experience firsthand the transformative power of theatre!

Modeled on NTS' 5 professional training programs, it will include workshops on voice, listening, movement, text analysis, scenography, costume design and stage management.

The intensive will take place between July 31 and August 11 at the Monument-National, the oldest operating theatre in Canada.

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Creative classes for businesses

In today's increasingly competitive and automated economy, it is more important than ever for companies to harness the power of creativity to stand out from the crowd.

In this context, we are happy to share the knowledge and resources of our vast network of teachers and coaches with private enterprises.

We will work hand-in-hand with businesses to develop custom courses catered to their needs, covering skillsets such as storytelling, public speaking, teambuilding and creativity.

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Indigenous Artists Residencies

In an effort to begin building meaningful relationships with First Nations communities, we are excited to develop training opportunities for emerging or mid-career Indigenous artists so they can access the School's important physical and creative resources. Artists in residence design a training path that meets their own needs. 

The first artists in this program (pictured above) are Carlos Rivera, who will complete his first year at the School in May, and Sheena Akoomalik, who begins her journey at NTS with distance learning followed by an intensive in the summer of 2017.

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Classes for the General Public

So many people love theatre. And though they may not choose it as a career, its practice brings forth so many benefits in everyday life, not least of which are self-discovery and great fun.

These courses will first be offered at the Monument-National in Montreal, and eventually all across the country! They will cover a broad range of theatre activities, such as local play reading groups, community choirs, acting classes, an amateur company, movement and voice classes, scene studies, and public speaking.

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Professional Development Opportunities

We are committed to offering continuing education to our alumni and other professionals that is as rigorous as our core programs. Thus, we are launching training workshops for professional artists who wish to deepen their expertise and increase their skills.

These programs will range from short-term courses, workshops and masterclasses, to residencies akin to a master’s degree.

They will benefit emerging or mid-career artists, recent immigrants seeking to adapt their international training to Canadian realities, and artists who cannot commit to long-term programs or who are already beyond basic training.

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Jenepher Margaret Hooper Design Residencies

Thanks to a generous gift from the estate of Jenepher Margaret Hooper (Set and Costume Design, 1967), NTS now offers short- and long-term residencies to designers in set, costume, lighting and sound, as well as new bursaries for current NTS students.

Short-term Coaching Residencies are aimed at emerging designers, who will work with our students to develop their mentoring approaches, while Long-term Design Residencies are an opportunity for artists with 5-10 years of experience (up to $20,000) to have access to the School’s resources to examine elements of their own practice.

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"Theatre is a force that fuels creativity and empathy in our communities. Those forces for good are needed now more than ever. We live in fractured times where it is getting harder to come together in one place at one time. The simple act of laughing, crying and thinking about big ideas together through theatre is actually fairly rebellious!"
-Gideon Arthurs, CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada
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