Important Information

OST-ÉTO 2023-24 Classes 

Ottawa School of Theatre offers a full curriculum of introductory to advanced and specialized acting and theatre classes, for students from pre-school to adult.

Classes in our Full Year Program run from September/October to early June. These classes will work towards a performance on stage in the Richcraft Theatre in May during our Student Showcase. We also offer shorter workshop intensives which vary in length from one day to 12 weeks. These intensives may result in a presentation in one of our black box studios at the end of the workshop.

Our Class Terms are as follows:

September 16 – December 11, 2023
*Teen and Adult classes start October 2
January 8 – March 8, 2024
March Break Camp: March 11-15, 2024
March 18 – June 1, 2024

There will be no classes on the following dates:

Sept 30 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Oct 7-9 – Thanksgiving Weekend
Oct 31 – Halloween
Nov 11 – Remembrance Day
Dec 12 – Jan 7 – Holiday Term Break
Feb 19 – Family Day
March 29-April 1 – Easter Weekend
May 20 – Victoria Day

All classes will be held in-person, in our studios at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans, ON, K1E 0A1, unless otherwise stated. 613-424-EOST (3678).

Register here.

Our classes are designed to run from their September/October start dates until June, with each class working together to form a team, learn performance skills, and then move into play creation and rehearsals leading to the May Showcase. However, we understand that families who discover our programming halfway through the year still want to be able to get involved! With that in mind, we have a class enrollment deadline of January 31st (or February 29th for classes that begin in January). This is the latest point at which a new student can be integrated into a class play.

Masks are strongly encouraged based on Ottawa Public Health recommendations, but are no longer required. We strive to have a kind space, one where everyone who is not currently sick is free to wear a mask or not wear a mask without judgement.

  • Important Note: If a student has been sick in the last 10 days, we ask that they wear a mask in class. Please keep in mind that there are vulnerable people in our community — and as we all know, no one needs another virus right now.
  • Do not come to class if you are sick, even if you have a negative COVID-19 test. If a student comes to class and has obvious symptoms, they will be asked to wait in the office while we phone their parents to pick them up.

We will no longer be actively screening at the door of our suite. We will remind you not to come to class when sick and to mask if you have been sick in the last 10 days. If you are unsure of whether you or your child should come to class, follow this screening: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. Even if you get the green check mark, remember to scroll down the page for specific instructions, as it will indicate if you should be wearing a mask to class based on your answers.

We will continue to monitor the pandemic situation and reserve the right to amend these policies as the situation or government guidelines change.

OST has a long history of being a community-minded place where everyone can belong and participate. We ask for your compassion towards others by respecting their health, and their choices.

Our age reference date for classes is December 31st. For example, a child turning 9 years old by December 31st is eligible for the 9-12 age group classes beginning in September.

Some students may be best served in a class level either above or below their age. Please call Megan Piercey Monafu, OST’s Artistic Director, at 613-712-0053 if you want advice on what class would best suit you or your child.

Consider taking a Speech Arts and Drama Exam with The Royal Conservatory. This enhances theatre study and looks great on a resume. For more information please contact Megan Piercey Monafu, OST’s Artistic Director at megan@ost-eto.ca.

OST reserves the right to make changes to the class schedule following registration. Insufficient registration in any class or workshop may result in its postponement or cancellation. In the case of cancellation, we will do our best to find a suitable alternative. While we will do our utmost to avoid changes, OST does not guarantee the teacher for any particular class. We encourage OST teachers to team teach so that the students experience different teaching styles and theatre techniques.

A transfer between classes will be considered, subject to availability.

Class size is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

OST is committed to providing the best possible learning environment for all its students. The success of the program lies in the enthusiasm and co-operation of each student. Theatre is a TEAM sport. We expect students and parents to understand this and make every effort to attend all classes and rehearsals in the creation and development of their plays and performance pieces.

We will do our best to resolve any behavioural difficulties that may arise through empathetic communication with the student, adaptation of class activities if appropriate, and healthy boundary-setting. We want to see every student succeed, and we count on the support of parents as we work through any difficult situations  that arise from student behaviour.  However, if we are unable to resolve a disruptive situation, we will require that the disruptive student be withdrawn from the course without refund.

Students in Teen or Specialized Classes may be required to miss one to two days of school during the production/performance period, depending on the nature of the production. These special days provide great professional experience, and we believe in providing these experiences for the betterment of our students. We also understand that student schedules can be limited. We aim to provide dates well in advance, and appreciate your collaboration in creating time for these special days.

Student Showcase performance dates in May will be confirmed as soon as possible in order to minimise conflicts with other activities and ensure availability of all participants. Theatre time is limited and there is very little flexibility to change the theatre schedule. Any potential conflicts must be reported to the teacher and/or Artistic Director as soon as possible. Although we try, OST cannot always change performance dates to accommodate conflicts.

Any classes cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances will be made up at a later date, either in extra showcase rehearsals or extra classes. Please note these may need to be held virtually, using the Zoom platform. You will be notified in advance when this is the case. Thank you for your understanding.

In the event of extreme weather, classes will be held virtually, using the Zoom platform. You will be notified in advance when this is the case. Thank you for your understanding.

Ottawa School of Theatre may occasionally videotape or photograph students during performances or classes. These images may be used by OST for promotional purposes without prior notice, including on our website, social media channels, and for media distribution. Names will only be used internally, and on our Front of House displays during showcases; names will not be posted online alongside photos.

  • Our age reference date for classes is December 31st. For example, a child turning 9 years old by December 31st is eligible for the 9-12 age group classes beginning in September.
  • OST reserves the right to make changes to the class schedule following registration.
  • Insufficient registration in any class or workshop may result in its postponement or cancellation. In the case of cancellation, we will do our best to find a suitable alternative. A decision will be made 1 week prior to scheduled start date.
  • While we will do our utmost to avoid changes, OST does not guarantee the teacher for any particular class. We encourage OST teachers to Team teach so that the students experience different teaching styles and theatre techniques.
  • Our classes are designed to run from their September/October start dates until June, with each class working together to form a team, learn performance skills, and then move into play creation and rehearsals leading to the May Showcase. However, we understand that families who discover our programming halfway through the year still want to be able to get involved! With that in mind, we have a class enrollment deadline of January 31st (or February 29th for classes that begin in January). This is the latest point at which a new student can be integrated into a class play.
  • A transfer between classes will be allowed, subject to availability.
  • Class size is limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • OST is committed to providing the best possible learning environment for all its students. The success of the program lies in the enthusiasm and co-operation of each student. Theatre is a TEAM sport. We expect the students and their parents to understand this and make every effort to attend all classes and rehearsals in the creation and development of their plays and performance pieces.
  • We will do our best to resolve any behavioral difficulties that may arise through empathetic communication with the student, adaptation of class activities if appropriate, and healthy boundary-setting. We want to see every student succeed, and we count on the support of parents as we work through any difficult situations that arise from student behaviour. However, if we are unable to resolve a disruptive situation, we will require that the disruptive student be withdrawn from the course without refund.
  • Students in Teen or Specialized Classes may be required to miss one to two days of school during the production/performance period, depending on the nature of the production. These special days provide great professional experiences and we believe in providing these experiences for the betterment of our students. We aim to provide dates well in advance, and appreciate your collaboration in creating time for these special days.
  • Student Showcase performance dates in May will be confirmed as soon as possible in order to minimize conflicts with other activities and ensure availability of all participants. Theatre time is limited and there is very little flexibility to change the theatre schedule. Any potential conflicts must be reported to the teacher and/or Artistic Director as soon as possible. Although we try, OST cannot always change performance dates to accommodate conflicts.
  • Any classes cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances will be made up at a later date, either in extra showcase rehearsals or extra classes. Please note these may need to be held virtually, using the Zoom platform. You will be notified in advance when this is the case. Thank you for your understanding.
  • In the event of extreme weather or direction from Ottawa Public Health, classes will be held virtually, using the Zoom platform. You will be notified in advance when this is the case. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Additional Covid Lockdown Policy – In the event of a lockdown, all in-person classes will continue online with the same instructor at the same time. There will be no refunds issued due to any Covid-related issues.
  • Ottawa School of Theatre may occasionally videotape or photograph students during performances or classes. These images may be used by OST for promotional purposes without prior notice, including on our website, social media channels, and for media distribution. Names will only be used internally, and on our Front of House displays during showcases; names will not be posted online alongside photos.
  • If you or your child has been sick in the last 10 days, please wear a mask out of consideration for others.

To download a copy of our Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Payment Policy

OST is a not-for-profit, registered charity with a goal to operate efficiently within a balanced budget with class tuitions as our main source of income.  This policy outlines payment requirements and refund circumstances.

  1. Payment of tuition for all programs is due in accordance with the fee schedule set out below.
  2. Other fee structures may be provided at the discretion of the Management – please contact the school to discuss. Need-based subsidies are available.
  3. Placement in a program or workshop is not confirmed until first payment is received.
  4. We encourage contactless payment wherever possible, preferably online, by either credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or e-transfer. E-transfers should be sent to office@ost-eto.ca, entering the student’s initials and the class number in the message field.

 

Payment 1 Payment 2
TYPE OF CLASS At time of registration November 15th
Workshops, 1 term classes, All Ages, and Camps In full n/a
Full Year Program Full payment or 50% + $10 admin 50% + $10 admin (if not already paid in full)
At time of registration February 15th
Part Year Program (starting in January) Full payment or 50% + $10 admin 50% + $10 admin (if not already paid in full)

  1. Prior to the start of classes (up to the starting date of the class) the student receives a full refund of the course fees, less a $25 administrative charge.
  2. Prior to the start of the second class, the student receives a refund of 96% of the course fees, less a $25 administrative charge.
  3. Prior to the start of the third class, the student receives a refund of 93% of the course fees, less a $25 administrative charge.
  4. Prior to the start of the fourth class, the student receives a refund of 90% of the course fees, less a $25 administrative charge.
  5. No refunds will be issued after the fourth class in any program or workshop except for medical reasons.
  6. All refunds will be subject to a $25 administrative charge.
  7. No refunds will be made if a participant fails to attend a program, class, or workshop.
  8. Full refunds will be given in the case of program or workshop cancellation by OST-ETO.

We offer a 10% discount on tuition for registration in 3 or more programs or workshops (excluding the All Ages Plays, which have their own unique fee structure and family discount).

We strive to offer need-based subsidies whenever possible. To apply, fill out this online form. Other fee structures may be provided at the discretion of the Management - please contact the school to discuss.

Theatre Camps

  • OST reserves the right to make changesto the camp schedule following registration if required to accommodate demand.
  • Insufficient registration in any camp may result in its cancellation.
  • Camp size is limited. All camps will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Full payment is required to secure place in camp.
  • We encourage contactless payment wherever possible, preferably online, by either credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or e-transfer. E-transfers should be sent to office@ost-eto.ca, entering the student’s initials and the camp number in the message field.
  • A transfer between camps will be allowed, subject to availability.
  • OST is committed to providing the best possible learning environment for all its students. The success of the program lies in the enthusiasm and co-operation of each student. We will do our best to resolve any behavioral difficulties that may arise, and we count on your support as parent/guardian. However, if we are unable to resolve a disruptive situation, we will require that the disruptive student be withdrawn from the camp without refund.
  • Ottawa School of Theatre may occasionally videotape or photograph students during performances or classes. These images may be used by OST for promotional purposes, including media distribution and on the OST website and social media platforms, without prior notice. (Names will only be used for internal or Front of House purposes).
  • If you or your child has been sick in the last 10 days, please wear a mask out of consideration for others.

Terms and Conditions

  • All refunds will be subject to a $25 administrative fee.
  • Full refunds will be given in the case of a camp cancellation by OST-ETO.
  • Cancellations requested 30 or more days prior to start of camp will be eligible for a full refund, less the administrative fee, OR a full credit (valid for 2 years) for future OST camps, classes or workshops.
  • Cancellations requested between 8 and 29 days prior to start of camp will be eligible for a full credit (valid for 2 years) for future camps, classes or workshops.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations requested within 7 days of the start of camp.
  • We ask that any child who is sick or is developing new symptoms not attend camp. Please notify the office at your earliest possible convenience and we will try to fill your spot with a student on the waiting list. If we are able to fill the spot, we will offer you a refund, minus a $25 administrative fee. If we are unable to fill the spot, we will offer you a full credit to be used on a future class or camp.
  • No refunds will be issued if a participant fails to attend any days of the camp.

Terms and Conditions