NORTH RUSTICO — Next weekend, Watermark Theatre in North Rustico will host the National Theatre School of Canada's Atlantic Drama Festival.
Formerly known as the Sears Atlantic Drama Festival, the event, which runs May 18 to 20, brings together high school students from throughout the region to view, discuss and enjoy each other’s creative efforts, under the guidance of experienced adjudicators. The festival facilitates and inspires a love of theatre, team work, problem solving, originality and entrepreneurship.
“We continue to focus a lot of our energies on training, mentoring and inspiring young theatre artists,” said Watermark’s artistic director, Robert Tsonos. “This festival, along with our professional mentorship program and our teenage acting conservatory, really sets our theatre up as a training ground for the future of theatre in this province and across the country.”
The Atlantic Drama Festival is part of a trio of drama festivals — the other two are in Ontario and British Columbia — all now under the umbrella of the National Theatre School.
“I am excited for students, teachers and community members across several provinces as we enter this new period in our history. Now, under the banner of the National Theatre School Drama Festival, we look forward to our first season of compelling and unique theatre for and by theatre students,” said Wayne Fairhead, executive director of the organization.
In 2018, the National Theatre School of Canada added new artistic resources for participants and is working to eventually expand the festivals to include more young artists, as well as provide financial and administrative support.
“At NTS, we believe that theatre allows people to imagine, think and feel collectively. The Drama Festival is a fine example of the power of theatre to encourage empathy, creativity, debate and community building,” adds Gideon Arthurs, CEO of the National Theatre School of Canada.
For more information, contact Andrea Surich at 902-963-3963 or firstname.lastname@example.org.