Dramatic Arts Professor Karen Fricker wrote a column for the Toronto Star recently where she had five theatre school instructors offer up their solutions to help make the learning environment, and professional theatres, a safer space for young actors.
What counts as best practice in Canadian theatre training? Alisa Palmer, an artistic director at the National Theatre School in Montreal — the country’s flagship theatre academy — points to “agency and independence” as a core ingredient of its approach to actor training. The NTS “supports young artists-in-training to be in charge of themselves so they can identify and contribute to a safe working environment, and by this I mean an environment where it is safe to tackle challenging material, to dig deep and aim high, and to take creative risks,” says Palmer.
We put the question to five other professionals in the field: What needs to happen to improve actor training in Canada?
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