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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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!

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Rideau Community Hub Classes

We are thrilled to announce that we are launching some of our most popular drama classes for kids at a new location! From January 13th to June 1st, we will run classes on Saturday mornings at the Rideau Community Hub on St. Laurent Blvd.

March Break Camp

March Break Camp

March Break Camp registration is now open! Space is limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Winter classes

Year-Round Registration

Registration for our January classes is open! To learn more about our classes, visit our Theatre Classes 2023-24 page. Space is limited. Save your spot today! 

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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?! We have merch, gift certificates and more!

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Testimonials

"Kind, caring, organised, professional, creative, encouraging, respectful, empowering, inspiring!! Can't say enough good things about this place and the people who make it work. If you are new to the world of theater, this is a wonderfully supportive place to make a start." -Sarah Qualman

"I've learned so many skills from OST — I used to hate going up in front of my class and talking, but now it’s one of my favourite things!" -Max Frederick

 

"This is my first year with OST and I have been loving it here!" -Sebastien Major 

"I first started taking classes at OYPTS (now the Ottawa School of Theatre) when I was 11 years old, and I am still involved with the organization well over 2 decades later. I can honestly say that it changed the course of my life. I met many lifelong friends and learned valuable lessons about working as a team. The atmosphere at the Ottawa School of Theatre is one of acceptance, inclusion and positivity. I would highly recommend getting involved!" -Andrea Cochrane

"I first got involved with the Ottawa School of Theatre about five years ago, when we moved back to Canada from Barbados. [The school] really helped me feel more at home, because I didn't know anybody when we moved. It gave me a second family, you could say — people that I knew, and I could be myself around." -Suriya LaChance

"The whole team works together to ​create​ a production, and everyone is important. It truly gives one a sense of belonging.  " -Biz MacDonald 

 

"I enjoy being a student at OST and I've made lots of new friends." -Courtney de Winter

 

"I love OST because we’re all the same but at the same time super different." -JJ

"I have been with OST for a while now. At first, I was super shy and didn't talk at all. But after some time, I started talking a lot more, met some amazing people, and learned many important life skills such as communication, confidence, etc. I have met amazing people and learned so many aspects of drama that I didn't know much about before. All in all, I really enjoyed my experiences with OST, and I'm so happy to be a part of this family." -Sarah Ni