CORRECT and REPLACE Scotiabank partners with the National Theater School of Canada to support drama in education and the next generation of talent nationwide

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$450,000 pledge to support expanded regional programming and much-needed resources for long-running community arts festival, DramaFest

The National Theater School of Canada (NTS) today announced a partnership with Scotiabank starting next year. The three-year funding commitment will support high school theater programs across Canada by strengthening the historic DramaFest program, providing more students and teachers from different communities a way to connect through the arts, to share their stories and tap into the power of theater in education.

The upcoming season will be the first time since 2019 that the performing arts festival for young people will take place in person with a live audience, after adapting to pandemic measures. Through this partnership, NTS hopes to expand its DramaFest program both regionally and nationally, resulting in a total of 300 participating schools nationwide, nearly 400 total productions, and 100 unique and impactful performance nights.

Since 1946, DramaFest has been a celebration of theatre, acting as a vehicle for young people to learn to lead, empathize, listen, find community and show their creativity in a safe and nurturing environment. From humble beginnings in Ontario, DramaFest has grown significantly over the years and now brings together students from across Canada – including Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Atlantic – to celebrate the arts. performing and performing arts education. The impact of the program has been considerable. During the 2018-2019 (pre-pandemic) season, 7,500 students from hundreds of schools participated in the program, resulting in a wide range of dynamic and thoughtful performances. Since its inception, the festival has also played a role in launching the careers of many notable artists and leaders in the field.

Designed to stimulate teamwork and problem solving, DramaFest encourages young people to explore self-expression and have conversations about the complexities of the world around them. The students celebrate each other’s ideas, and even if they don’t pursue a career in the performing arts, each comes away with lasting inclinations and friendships.

“With so much going on in the world today and the level at which young people are engaged, having a program like DramaFest in schools across Canada is essential for education and growth. The festival allows students to bring their individual experiences and reflections to the classroom – often addressing important and complex issues – and explore them through the arts,” said Maude Levasseur, Director of Artistic Engagement at the School. National Theater of Canada. “There is no doubt that these students and their teachers have the power to effect change through DramaFest, so we couldn’t be happier that Scotiabank understands our vision and the value of increasing the reach of the festival.

“We are proud to partner with the National Theater School of Canada,” said Geneviève Brouillard, Senior Regional Vice-President, Quebec and Eastern Ontario, Scotiabank. “The value we’ve seen the DramaFest program deliver to young Canadians has greatly benefited their creative expression, and we look forward to seeing how our partnership will help build on that.”

The growth and expansion of DramaFest will support the National Theater School’s unwavering mission to continue to make theater accessible in a diverse and equitable environment for students, teachers and volunteers for years to come. The National Theater School is proud to be a leader in providing inclusive and diverse arts education to both the Canadian school system and the theater community at large. The school is proud to be a great example of how arts and culture in Canada has persevered and overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic, and DramaFest is a clear bridge to a strong and creative future.

About the National Theater School of Canada

Founded in 1960, the National Theater School of Canada (NTS) is recognized as a premier institution for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a playwright, director, actor, set and costume designer or professional production and offers unparalleled training for artists of all kinds. The NTS is unique: It offers unparalleled high-level training to artists of all genres in all aspects of the performing arts, in both French and English. Many of its 2,000 graduates are among Canada’s most active and versatile artists and designers, and the School’s influence is felt from coast to coast and around the world. For more information visit:

About the National Theater School DramaFest

The National Theater School’s DramaFest program features theater productions from high schools in their respective provinces and invites thousands of drama students to perform and share their talents and passion in a friendly atmosphere. Formerly known as the Sears Drama Festival and founded in Ontario in 1946 by the late Ken Watts, it is the oldest theater festival in Canada. The theater festival began with just three plays and now boasts over 350 annual admissions highlighting spectacular performances and productions, including the addition of festival offshoots in British Columbia (2009) and the provinces of ‘Atlantic (2011). For more information visit:

About Scotiabank

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