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Links & Resources

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!

Links  [back to top]

About the Canadian professional theatre community

Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

Professional Association of Canadian Theatres

About Canadian playwriting and dramaturgy

The Playwrights Guild of Canada

Playwrights Canada Press

What is a dramaturg?

About Directing

Still to come...

About Improv

Canadian Improv Games

The Improv Camp

The General Fools Improvisational Theatre

Instant Theatre


Learn Improv

About Acting

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."

About Design and Production

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

Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec (APASQ)


The International Theatre Design Archive
This is an amazing collection of images from the work of international set, costume, and lighting designers

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."

Stage Management

Actors' Equity Stage Manager Services

A Stage Management Handbook by Carissa Dollar


Training for a career in theatre (Canada)

Theatre programs and degrees offered by universitites in Canada:

Theatre Ontario

Stratford Festival

National Theatre School

The Banff Centre

Ottawa Theatre School

About careers available in theatre

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

About drama/Theatre in Education

Council of Drama & Dance in Education (CODE)

The Drama in Education Site

About education and communication technology

Canadian Education Association - Focus on ICT

Other Resources (general information on theatre, funding sources, etc.)



The Canada Council for the Arts

Canadian Conference of the Arts

Artslynx International Theatre Resources
This is a library of online theatre resources

Books  [back to top]

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
Lynn Pecktal:
Holt, Renehart,
Winston Limited availability-out of print

Stage Management
Lawrence Stern:
Allyn and Bacon,
June 2001

Lighting the Stage, Art and Practice
Willard F. Bellman,
Broadway Press
ISBN: 0911747400
3rd Edition Feb.2001

A Source Book in Theatrical History
Alois M. Nagler,
Dover Publications,Inc
New York

Sound for the Theatre
Graham Walne,
A&C Black-London (ISBN o-7136-3135-X)
Limited availability-Out of Print

Theatre Arts Books/Routledge-New York (ISBN 087830-119-4)

Sceno-Graphic Techniques
W. Oren Parker
Third Edition, Southern Illinois University Press-Carbondale and Edwardsville,
3rd Edition 1987
(ISBN 0-8093-1350-2)

Backstage Handbook, An Illustrated Almanac of Technical Information
Third Edition by Paul Carter
Illustrations by George Chiang
Broadway Press
Shelter Island, New York

Scenery: Drafting and Construction
John Burton
A Theatre Arts Book
Routledge New York

The following books may make life a little easier for those looking for more basic information:

Drew Campbell
Technical Theatre for Nontechnical people
Allworth Press
New York

Thomas A. Kelly
The Back Stage Guide to Stage Management, second edition.
Back Stage Books
New York

Stage Management Without Tears
Winston Morgan
Theatre Ontario *

Theatre Ontario publishes a number of very useful books and booklets covering a wide diversity of topics. Titles include:

  • The Actors Survival Kit
  • Basics of an Effective Box Office
  • Now What? A Guide to Post Secondary Theatre Training in Canada

Other  [back to top]

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:

  • academic drama/theatre studies;
  • performance: acting, directing,
  • playwriting;
  • performance: dance, choreography;
  • arts & cultural management;
  • drama and dance concurrent education; interdisciplinary arts; and
  • interesting alternatives, like drama in the community, stage & screen, comedy writing, and communication studies.

Price: $15, taxes included.

To see the index and sample sheets email:

To order a CD, send $15 each to:
Sue Daniel,
61-8 Inverlochy Blvd., Thornhill,
ON L3T 3R4