Ottawa's Longest running theatre school

Ottawa School of Theatre offers excellence in theatre education, in both English and French, with classes for students of all ages — whether you’re five or 105!

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Leading from the Heart

We love putting on a spectacular show, but equally important to us are our core values. Nothing beats seeing our students transform their self-confidence, build collaborative skills, and up their creative thinking. 

For over 30 years, we’ve strived to nurture a community that is warm, kind, and supportive. OST is a space where both adults and kids learn that it’s ok to make mistakes (in fact, we celebrate mistakes, because that’s how we all learn!).

Most of all, we’re a space that puts love first — whether we’re on stage or out in the world. 

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Fall Classes

We are thrilled to announce classes for the 2024/25 year! We cannot wait to see how we will continue to grow as a school and as artists. To ensure you have a spot in your favourite classes, sign up today!

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Help! I'm Trapped in a Musical

A musical by Stephen Murray

Richcraft Theatre
Shenkman Arts Centre
245 Centrum Blvd. Ottawa, Ont.

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Summer Camps

They’re finally here! With camp themes like Shakespeare, Young Creators, and Musical Theatre, there is something for everyone.

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Teen Summer Intensives

Are you a teen looking to up your acting skills? Or are you more interested in learning more about what goes on behind the scenes? Whatever your theatre interests, we have you covered this summer!

We are hiring

We're hiring!

We are currently looking for someone to fill the role of Administrative Coordinator. 

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Merchandise

Check out our classic and new customizable merchandise!

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Gift of Theatre

Looking for the perfect gift? Why not give the gift of theatre to the thespian in your life?! 

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Testimonials

“When I first started at OST, I was incredibly shy and lacked confidence in myself. However, through taking their classes and camps, OST helped me get out of my shell, gain confidence in myself, and find my voice. I have so many great memories of my time at OST and have made countless friends. OST isn’t just an organization, but a community.”

-Julia Zuppa, teen student and volunteer

“The opportunity that OST provides to be both an educator and an artist is such a unique and rewarding experience. As students go year to year with new teachers, they get a much more diverse and well-rounded education, since we can give them real-world experience and knowledge.”

-Michelle Gendron, Teaching Artist

 

“OST programming has given my daughters confidence when they didn’t have it. They aren’t afraid to speak in class and can interact with people of all ages in a meaningful way.”

-Aileen Martella, parent and Board member

“As a parent of a child taking classes at OST I have seen my daughter grow in confidence and truly gain a sense of belonging. She has made lasting friendships and gained such great experience through the direction of several amazing teachers at OST. As a volunteer, and office assistant I have seen a group of diverse kids, all enjoy and thrive here at OST. It is such an inclusive environment that truly allows all ages, backgrounds, and learning styles to shine.”

-Lauren Nixon, parent, volunteer, and office staff

“As OST continues to grow, I can’t help but appreciate the school’s attention and focus on community. Though the theatre arts, and its fundamentals, are clearly priorities for OST, they continue to support the general energy, well being and involvement within and for the Ottawa community: families play, kids gain confidence, social circles extend, live theatre breeds life and magic. As a former teacher with OST, I now have the benefit of seeing my own daughter lit up by theatre through the interactions, opportunities and diversity OST nurtures within itself and for the community.”

-Samantha Leclair, past student, past teacher, parent, volunteer