About the
National Arts Centre

We would like to recognize the Algonquin Nation, on whose traditional unceded territory the National Arts Centre is located. We gratefully acknowledge them as past, present and future stewards of this land. 

The National Arts Centre collaborates with artists and arts organizations across Canada to help create a national stage for the performing arts, and acts as a catalyst for performance, creation and learning across the country. A home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams – the NAC Orchestra, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and Dance, as well as NAC Presents, which showcase established and emerging Canadian artists. 

The organization is at the forefront of youth and educational activities, offering artist training, programs for children and youth, and resources for teachers in communities across Canada. 

The NAC is also a pioneer in new media, using technology to teach students and young artists around the globe, by creating top-rated podcasts, and providing a wide range of NAC Orchestra concerts on demand. 

The NAC is the only bilingual, multidisciplinary performing arts centre in Canada, and one of the largest in the world.

The New NAC

From the quiet calm of the morning until the electric excitement of the night, the new NAC welcomes Canadians, pulses with life, and spreads the joy of the arts.

  • Meet Christopher Deacon, the NAC’s President and Chief Executive Officer

    After an extensive national search that began in November 2017, the Board of Trustees of the National Arts Centre today announced that Christopher Deacon will succeed Peter Herrndorf as President and Chief Executive Officer of the organization on June 12, 2018.   

  • NAC 2017

    Building Brilliance

    The new NAC will include improved performance spaces, public areas for education and events, full accessibility for people with mobility challenges, and a magnificent glass atrium with a glittering entrance on Elgin Street.

  • The NAC brand

    On February 25, 2014, the National Arts Centre unveiled its “Road to 2019,” a series of significant events and milestones leading up to its 50th anniversary.

  • Telephone Numbers

    toll free 1-866-850-2787

  • Street address

    1 Elgin Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • Mailing address

    P.O. Box 1534, Station B
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    K1P 5W1