Preparing the future of theatre: The National Theatre School embarks on its annual Audition Tour and launches a nation-wide conversation with local theatre communities

MONTREAL, March 11, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - This week, the new CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS), Gideon Arthurs, announces the launch of a nation-wide conversation on the future of theatre. Meanwhile, Alisa Palmer, Artistic Director of the NTS English Section embarks on her annual 12-city cross-Canada tour to audition close to 300 aspiring actors who have applied to the NTS Acting program.

On the Audition Tour, which began in Montreal, QC, on March 9 and will end in Charlottetown, PEI, on April 1, local theatre professionals will complete the audition panel in every city. This tour is the first step in a selection process that will see 12 students admitted to the Acting program.

Simultaneously, NTS CEO Gideon Arthurs will be travelling to Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver for the first leg of a country-wide conversation with local theatre communities. "Technology, new forms of entertainment and engagement, changing demographics, and access to resources are changing the face of theatre across Canada. NTS has to offer training that addresses these issues and provides young theatre professionals with the tools to become catalysts for change, in theatre and in society," says Gideon Arthurs. "The tour will give me a sense of the current mood in each city. It will help me understand where everyone's challenges lie so we can reinforce our presence within, and contribution to, the theatre community as a whole." Among other topics, Mr. Arthurs will be discussing the possible creation of new internship programs for NTS students in theatres across Canada; the potential for artist residencies at the NTS-owned Monument-National in Montreal; and how the School can play an active role in community outreach.

Gideon Arthurs has convened group meetings in Toronto on March 19, in Winnipeg on March 23, in Calgary on March 24 and 25, and in Vancouver on March 27. Meetings will include small and mi-sized theatre companies as well as large institutions.

With: Alisa Palmer, Artistic Director of the NTS English Section

(Dates are subject to change.)




Accompanying Artist

March 9 to 11

Montreal, QC

National Theatre School

With Jane Gooderham, voice coach, Quincy Armorer, Artistic Director of the Black Theatre Workshop, and Rose Plotek, Coordinator, Directing program, NTS

March 12

Ottawa, ON

National Arts Centre

With Janet Irwin, Director, Playwright, Resident Dramaturge, Odyssey Theatre

March 17 to 19

Toronto, ON

Artscape Youngplace

With Cara Ricketts, actor, and Meegwun Fairbrother, actor and Associate Artist of Red Sky

March 23

Saskatoon, SK

On the Boards at The Refinery

With Del Surjik, Artistic Director of Persephone Theatre

March 24

Calgary, AB

Arts Commons 

With Vanessa Porteous, Artistic Director, and Diane Goodman, Producer, of Alberta Theatre Projects

March 25

Edmonton, AB

Citadel Theatre

With Bob Baker, Artistic Director, Citadel Theatre

March 26

Vancouver, BC

Arts Club

With Stephanie Hargreaves, actor, and Marcus Youssef, Artistic Director Neworld Theatre

March 27

Winnipeg, MB

Manitoba Theatre Centre

With Robb Paterson, Associate Artistic Director, Manitoba Theatre Centre

March 30

Halifax, NS

Neptune Theatre

With Mary Vingoe, director, actor, playwright and founding Artistic Director, Magnetic North

March 31

St.John's, NL

Arts and Culture Centre

With Danielle Irvine, Artistic Director of Perchance Theatre at Cupids

April 1

Fredericton, NB

Theatre New Brunswick

With Tania Breen, Director of TNB Theatre School & Young Company

April 1

Charlottetown, PEI

University of PEI

With Greg Doran, Coordinator of Theatre Studies, University of PEI


Since 1960, the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) has been recognized as a leading institution for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a playwright, director, actor, set and costume designer, or production professional. The NTS is unique: it offers high-level training programs in all aspects of the theatre arts, in both French and English. Many of its 2,000 graduates are among the country's most active and versatile artists and designers.


SOURCE Ecole nationale de théâtre du Canada

For further information: Stéphanie Brody, Publicist, National Theatre School of Canada, 514-842-7954, ext. 165,


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