Directors and Other Creatives

We are NAC English Theatre. This is what we do.

NAC English Theatre opened its doors in 1969 with a production of George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, directed by George Bloomfield; Choreography by Norbert Vesak; Set Design by Charles Evans; Costume Design by Margaret Ryan; Lighting Design by Rae Ackerman.

NAC English Theatre builds upon a rich tradition of past artistic direction, coupled with some of the country’s finest directors, designers and stage managers making work for our stages. We are blessed to share creative oxygen with NAC French Theatre, exchanging ideas and traditions wherever possible. Learn more about NAC French Theatre here.

Artistic Directors Past

Prior to Jillian Keiley taking the reins as Artistic Director in the summer of 2012, NAC English Theatre was led by Peter Hinton, Marti Maraden, Gil Osborne, Andis Celms, John Wood and Jean Roberts.

What’s up now?

We have three main venues at the NAC: the 800-seat Theatre, the 300-seat Studio and the 100-seat Fourth Stage. We are also are interested in creating site-specific work outside of the NAC’s Ottawa facilities.

Each year NAC English Theatre puts together a season of about ten plays. During each of our seasons we feature our Ensemble in several of our shows. Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and Associate Artistic Director Sarah Garton Stanley invite freelance directors to be part of our season.


Jillian and Sarah, as well as other members of English Theatre, see a lot of theatre. We are always making notes about the work we see, and sharing our thoughts about the work.

Directors who join us for a production work in full collaboration with NAC English Theatre artistic staff in making decisions on casting, design and stage management.

Let us know if a play you are directing is being produced. If we can see a performance, we will. If we are unable to, we will keep our eyes and ears open about its progress. 


We are always taking note of design work that has impact. We keep this information available as a resource to incoming directors. 

In addition to high-quality sound, light and video equipment, the NAC houses its own carpentry shop, props shop and wardrobe as well as an extensive warehouse of useful items for the stage.

We do not accept unsolicited design portfolios.

Let us know when your designs are in production. If we can see it, we will. If we are unable to, we will keep our eyes and ears open about its progress. 

The NAC is blessed with many of the country’s finest production personnel, all led by Director of Production, Mike D'Amato. We take pride in making the entire work environment a creatively charged space and are jazzed by the meeting place of creative solution borne of a sound technical understanding.

Please contact Mike D'Amato with questions pertaining to design and technical apprenticing through the NAC.

Stage Managers

If you are interested in stage management opportunities for NAC English Theatre, please contact Mike D'Amato.

Assistant and Emerging Directors

We believe in the importance of director training and see assistant directing as a valid means through which to deepen the emerging director’s experience. Each season we do our best to open up opportunities for emerging directors to observe the process, and in some cases assistant direct.

For More Information

Please contact Judi Pearl for general inquiries about any of the above.

Thank you to the Friends of English Theatre for their passion and continued support.