Ottawa's Longest running theatre school

Ottawa School of Theatre offers excellence in theatre education, in both English and French, with classes for students of all ages — whether you’re five or 105!

As a resident partner at the Shenkman Arts Centre, we’re proud to offer professional theatre settings for all classes, rehearsals and performances. All classes are led by our top-tier teachers, each with years of expertise in their field.

Ottawa School of Theatre is a non-profit registered charitable organization.

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We’d be delighted to welcome you into our community. Learn more about our classes and shows here.

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Leading from the Heart

We love putting on a spectacular show, but equally important to us are our core values. Nothing beats seeing our students transform their self-confidence, build collaborative skills, and up their creative thinking. 

For over 30 years, we’ve strived to nurture a community that is warm, kind, and supportive. OST is a space where both adults and kids learn that it’s ok to make mistakes (in fact, we celebrate mistakes, because that’s how we all learn!).

Most of all, we’re a space that puts love first — whether we’re on stage or out in the world. 

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All Ages class presents: The True Story of the Girl Who Saved Christmas, and Maybe Even The World

Cindy Lou saved the day once before, but this time it’s different — the Grinch has enlisted an army of evil characters to help him to keep Christmas from coming. And it’s not just Christmas that’s at risk of disappearing, but all of mankind and the world as we know it. Can Cindy Lou and her friends save the season? More importantly, can they save the planet? Join them on their trek to the North Pole and find out.

ALL PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT!

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Annual General Meeting

The OST-ETO Annual General Meeting will take place virtually Tuesday, December 6, at 7:30pm. If you wish to attend, please let us know by email to office@ost-eto.ca so that we may send you the Zoom link.

Join our Board of Directors

Join our Board of Directors

We are currently looking for people to join our Board. We’re looking for more representation by current parents and students, artists from the Ottawa theatre community, and members of the Francophone community.

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Testimonials

"Kind, caring, organised, professional, creative, encouraging, respectful, empowering, inspiring!! Can't say enough good things about this place and the people who make it work. If you are new to the world of theater, this is a wonderfully supportive place to make a start." -Sarah Qualman

 

"I've learned so many skills from OST — I used to hate going up in front of my class and talking, but now it’s one of my favourite things!" -Max Frederick 

I first started taking classes at OYPTS (now the Ottawa School of Theatre) when I was 11 years old, and I am still involved with the organization well over 2 decades later. I can honestly say that it changed the course of my life. I met many lifelong friends and learned valuable lessons about working as a team. The atmosphere at the Ottawa School of Theatre is one of acceptance, inclusion and positivity. I would highly recommend getting involved!

Andrea Cochrane

"The whole team works together to ​create​ a production, and everyone is important. It truly gives one a sense of belonging.  " -Biz MacDonald 

 

"I first got involved with the Ottawa School of Theatre about five years ago, when we moved back to Canada from Barbados. [The school] really helped me feel more at home, because I didn't know anybody when we moved. It gave me a second family, you could say — people that I knew, and I could be myself around." -Suriya LaChance