The National Theatre School of Canada is a private college located in Montreal, Quebec. 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.
Buildings & Features
It occupies the historic landmark, the Monument-National, on Saint Lawrence Boulevard as well as a building in The Plateau district, at the corner of Saint Denis Street and Laurier Street.
The campus of the National Theatre School stretches all the way to the Monument National in the core of downtown Montreal. This hundred year old theatre, owned and operated by the NTS, has been classed a heritage building. Situated in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles (Performing Arts District), on the famous “Main” and close the St-Laurent metro station, it is one of the first multi-functional buildings constructed in Canada. Recently restored and renovated, the Monument-National is composed of three performance halls, including a number of spaces offering unlimited conversion and transformation possibilities.
The Monument-National’s two stages can accommodate every kind of production, from small concerts to large-scale shows. The Ludger-Duvernay Theatre ingeniously integrates the latest technology into a 19th-century architectural gem, while the Studio Hydro-Québec, with its clean lines and Meccano-like permutations, offers exciting flexibility. On the third floor, we discover La Balustrade, a 55-seat cabaret style theatre.
Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Pavilion
Once a juvenile courthouse, the School’s main home, the Michel and Suria Saint-Denis Pavilion sits on the border between Plateau Mont-Royal and Mile End, neighbourhoods.
The Pavilion houses rehearsal halls, classrooms (including specially converted spaces for voice, dance, movement, set and costume design and writing), the André-Pagé Studio (a flexible studio space with a 150-seat capacity), the Pauline McGibbon Studio (80-seat capacity), a small costume shop, a sound studio, a lighting laboratory, a projection room, a computer room, a school supplies store, a cafeteria, and a common space equipped with refrigerators and microwaves for the students.
It offers professional training in all the major theatre arts in both English and French, making it one of the only co-lingual theatre schools in the World. The programs include Acting, Directing, Production, Playwrighting and Scenography.
Students are auditioned and or interviewed from all across the country, and NTS accepts international students as well. Placements at the school are highly competitive; for example, the Acting program auditions around six hundred students annually but only twelve are accepted.