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The Ottawa School of Theatre is a Resident Arts Partner within The Shenkman Arts Centre. Our theatre study happens in one of our two state of the art studios with performances in studios and/or one of the theatres within the centre.

Shenkman Arts Centre

Operated by the City of Ottawa, this centre offers a diversity of programs and activities attributed to a unique collaboration with the Resident Arts Partners: Ottawa School of Theatre , Arts Network Ottawa, Gloucester Pottery School, MIFO (Mouvement d’implication francophone d’Orléans), and the Ottawa School of Art–Orléans Campus.  The centre is also home to Resident Company Tara Luz Danse and ARTicipate, a one-of-a-kind endowment fund that supports innovative programming at the centre.

Ottawa School of Theatre (OST-ETO, OST) is a non-profit, charitable organization providing excellence in drama and theatre education and experience to students of all ages in English and French. Begun in 1989 in the Township of Cumberland as Orleans Young Players, OST-ETO has grown to include more than 500 students in the September to June classes, camp programs and workshops.

OST-ETO provides a valuable service to our community in that we raise awareness – and appreciation – of the arts in our community and lives. We believe that arts and culture must be an integral part of life from the formative years.

The mission of OST-ETO is to offer excellence in theatre education that is accessible to students of all ages, ethnicities and abilities.

The vision of OST-ETO is to be a creative catalyst for self-confident performers and discerning and appreciative patrons of the arts in our school and the greater community.

With a program focused on developmental drama, our goal is to have each student attain and exceed their highest personal standard of excellence. OST-ETO’s program provides direct drama education, giving each student the opportunity to perform a significant role in a production; hands-on experience in behind-the-scenes aspects of theatre; and strives to instill in our students an appreciation for, and love of, theatre.

The play is the nucleus through which the other aspects are explored, experienced and integrated. Through this simple concept education can flow. Producing a play is challenging to the students and exciting for the instructors, which creates an environment where students want to learn.

Accommodations are available upon request at any stage of the application process.

The entrance to the building is at step-free ground level with two sets of two doors, and one is automatic or at the lower level one set of two doors, one of which is automatic. There is an elevator. The Shenkman Arts Centre is open to the public and, especially during events and celebrations, it can be a noisy and vibrant place.

We work to continually increase accessibility, inclusivity and diversity, OST-ETO is an equal opportunity employer. We value the diversity of the people we hire and serve. Diversity at OST-ETO means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated and respected, as well as responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths.

We would LOVE to hear from you! Please direct any questions, comments or concerns to

Are you interested in working with us?

For administrative and artistic job enquiries (outside of the postings above) please contact Managing Director Sue Webb.