Since 1960, the National Theatre School has been offering a full professional curriculum in all disciplines of theatre, such as acting, dramatic writing, stage production, stage setting and directing. Synonymous with excellence, the National Theatre School is the highest form of theatre education in the country.
Currently under the artistic direction of Denise Guilbault, on the French side and Sherry Bie on the English side, the school continues to offer one of the most challenging training programmes of its kind. Discipline and commitment are essential, and make the institution’s reputation. With a direct link to the local theatre scene, the 160 or so students take advantage of the fairly individualized training enhanced by a staff of actors, artistic directors and creators. Candidates are chosen after an audition and interview or based on a presented project, depending on the programme they apply to. Every year, over 1,000 candidates apply but only about sixty new students are admitted, 30 Francophones and 30 Anglophones. The programmes last two semesters (fall and winter). The school has two studio-théâtres, a costume-making workshop, a sound studio, lighting lab, projection room, eight rehearsal rooms, about 15 classrooms, as well as a library. The school also owns the Monument-National, one of the most prestigious artistic venues in Montreal.