News Releases

  1. An NAC English Theatre presentation of the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People production i think i canCo-created by Florence Gibson and Shawn ByfieldDirected by Conrad AlexandrowiczMay 11 - 28, NAC Theatre

    May 9, 2011

    “i think i can is high-octane fun!”--Toronto Sun Winner of the 2007 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical! “Every new theatrical experience creates a world. This play invites you to take a step, in this case a tap step, into the world we have created for you.” – Florence Gibson, co-creator. Set in the chaotic world of classroom cliques and schoolyard... Read more

  2. Teens from Across Canada Storm Ottawa for Improv Competition

    April 21, 2011

    You know you’ve walked into a different kind of competition when the winning team enthusiastically starts the chant of “Everyone!  Everyone!” and it spreads through the theatre in appreciation of peers, teachers, coaches, volunteers and fans. April 19-23 high school teams from Ladysmith, Vancouver Island to St.John's, NL will take the stage at the National Arts Centre in... Read more

  3. TALK explores the tension between political ideas and friendship….and the power of words Two Talkbacks feature Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Rabbi Reuven Bulka and other prominent community leaders

    April 21, 2011

    OTTAWA, ON—Theatre-goers are in for two stimulating evenings of theatre paired with frank, post-performance discussions of the ideas it provokes with TALK, a play that opens next week as part of Prairie Scene. A 2009 finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, TALK is an engaging story about how even the strongest of friendships can be tested by political... Read more

  4. 2011 – 12 NAC English Theatre Season Launch Announcement : Artistic Director Peter Hinton unveils the National Arts Centre English Theatre 2011-12 Season

    April 21, 2011

    Ottawa, Ontario – On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in the Studio of Canada’s National Arts Centre, Peter Hinton, Artistic Director of the NAC English Theatre, revealed the lineup for the 2011-12 season. The nine outstanding productions announced represent the very best theatre has to offer, with each play marking a signature work from theatre artists at the height of their creative powers.... Read more

  5. An NAC English Theatre presentation of the Mulgrave Road Theatre (Guysborough, NS) production in association with Frankie Productions (Halifax, NS)Lauchie, Liza and Roryby Sheldon CurrieDirected by Mary-Colin ChisholmApril 5 - 16, NAC Studio

    March 31, 2011

    From the author of Glace Bay Miners’ Museum comes a play set in a 1940s coal mining town in Cape Breton. Lauchie MacDonald lives a humdrum existence but his world soon turns upside down when the vivacious Liza dances into his life. The courtship is sealed with a big win at bingo, until Lauchie’s daredevil twin brother, Rory bursts back onto the scene. A wry spinster, a sonorous priest,... Read more

  6. An NAC/Canadian Stage (Toronto) co-production starring the National Arts Centre English Theatre CompanySaint Carmen of The Mainby Michel TremblayTranslated by Linda GaboriauDirected by Peter HintonMarch 16 – April 2, NAC Theatre

    March 3, 2011

    “Saint Carmen of The Main is a welcome revival, one that looks back in historical and dramatic terms yet is firmly anchored in examining what it means to be Canadian today.” – Now Magazine Carmen is a Country & Western singer who returns to Montreal from Nashville and begins to write her own songs —about real people and real problems, all in a language they understand.... Read more

  7. Laureates of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards announced

    March 3, 2011

    TORONTO, March 3, 2011 – Yvon Deschamps, Margie Gillis, William Shatner, Howard Shore, Leslee Silverman and Paul Thompson have been named the 2011 laureates of the prestigious Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards (GGPAA) for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the ultimate recognition in Canada’s performing arts.These individuals are being recognized... Read more

  8. Evelyn Hart to mentor Heather Ogden as part of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program

    March 3, 2011

    Toronto (Canada) –The National Arts Centre (NAC) is delighted to announce that Canadian dance legend Evelyn Hart has chosen to mentor National Ballet of Canada principal dancer Heather Ogden through the 2011 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program.  The Program allows past recipients of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, this... Read more

  9. Denis Villeneuve to receive NAC Award as part of Governor General's Performing Arts Awards celebration

    March 3, 2011

    Toronto (Canada) — Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) announced today it is presenting the prestigious 2011 National Arts Centre Award to Quebec filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Denis Villeneuve. Mr. Villeneuve is one of Canada’s fastest-rising stars on the international film scene, having directed Incendies, one of five nominees in the category of Best Foreign... Read more

  10. Spend Family Day with the NAC English Theatre

    February 15, 2011

    As a treat for Ontario Family Day, Monday, February 21, the NAC English Theatre is offering a free event for families. From 12 noon to 4 p.m., you and your children are invited to a special afternoon of hands-on activities, storytelling, arts & crafts, theatre games and exciting dance workshops with Shawn Byfield, co-creator of i think i can!  Join the fun: stories read by wonderful... Read more