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Here are website links and other resources that we believe students, teachers, and others who are interested in studying and making theatre will find useful.
The following lists are not comprehensive. There are many schools/colleges and universities that offer theatre training. Many provinces have Arts Councils with important information regarding funding opportunities, and available programmes. This list gets you started.
If you know of other links and resources that would make a good addition to this page write to us and let us know!
Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres
The Playwrights Guild of Canada
Playwrights Canada Press
What is a dramaturg?
Still to come...
Canadian Improv Games
The Improv Camp
The General Fools Improvisational Theatre
Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA)
"Canadian Actors' Equity is the professional association of performers, directors, choreographers and stage managers in Canada, who are engaged in English-language live performance, including the stage, opera, ballet and dance."
Associated Designers of Canada
The Associated Designers of Canada (ADC) is a national, not-for-profit arts service organization and professional association dedicated to promoting and protecting the interests of set, costume, lighting and sound designers working within the performing arts in Canada
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
National Arts Centre: Local 471
"The IATSE is the labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, film and television production, and trade shows."
Robert Doyle: Theatre Costumes and Set Designs
Dalhousie University Archives - Digital Collections
This website presents "a portion of the over 2 000 colour set and costume design sketches of various theatre productions and other performances drawn by former Neptune Theatre designer and founder (and original director) of the Dalhousie University Costume Studies program, Robert Doyle."
Actors' Equity Stage Manager Services
A Stage Management Handbook by Carissa Dollar
Theatre programs and degrees offered by universitites in Canada: canadian-universities.net
National Theatre School
The Banff Centre
Ottawa Theatre School
Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) / Le Conseil des ressources humaines du
secteur culturel (CRHSC)
Careers in Culture: The Official Cultural Career Information site
Les métiers de la culture: le site officiel d'information sur les carrières culturelles
Council of Drama & Dance in Education (CODE)
The Drama in Education Site
Canadian Education Association - Focus on ICT
The Canada Council for the Arts
Canadian Conference of the Arts
Artslynx International Theatre Resources
This is a library of online theatre resources
The National Arts Centre Production department highly recommends the following books for anyone interested in learning more about professional theatre production:
Designing and Painting for the Theatre
Winston Limited availability-out of print
Allyn and Bacon,
Lighting the Stage, Art and Practice
Willard F. Bellman,
3rd Edition Feb.2001
A Source Book in Theatrical History
Alois M. Nagler,
Sound for the Theatre
A&C Black-London (ISBN o-7136-3135-X)
Limited availability-Out of Print
Theatre Arts Books/Routledge-New York (ISBN 087830-119-4)
W. Oren Parker
Third Edition, Southern Illinois University Press-Carbondale and Edwardsville,
3rd Edition 1987
Backstage Handbook, An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information
Third Edition by Paul Carter
Illustrations by George Chiang
Shelter Island, New York
Scenery: Drafting and Construction
A Theatre Arts Book
Routledge New York
The following books may make life a little easier for those looking for more basic information:
Technical Theatre for Nontechnical people
Thomas A. Kelly
The Back Stage Guide to Stage Management, second edition.
Back Stage Books
Stage Management Without Tears
Theatre Ontario *
Theatre Ontario http://www.theatreontario.org publishes a number of very useful books and booklets covering a wide diversity of topics. Titles include:
For those wishing the most in-depth information about post secondary theatre training in Canada, the following CD is available for purchase:
The D2 Hub Project!
Post Secondary Drama & Dance Programs in Canada
Coordinated by Sue Daniel Sponsored by Theatre Ontario, Dance Ontario, and the Sears Ontario Drama Festival
A total of 155 double-sided sheets covering each individual program offered by universities, colleges and conservatories across Canada. Each institution is detailed in seven categories:
Price: $15, taxes included.
To see the index and sample sheets email:
To order a CD, send $15 each to:
61-8 Inverlochy Blvd., Thornhill,
ON L3T 3R4