Professional Theatre Training Program

Our Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP) offers financial support for unique and flexible training with a chosen mentor in any theatrical discipline except performance.

This program is funded by the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


There are two annual application deadlines for this program: Mar. 1 (Spring 2019) and TBA (Fall 2019) (or the next business day, if these dates fall on a weekend.)


To be eligible for grant funding you must be a professional artist and Theatre Ontario follows the Ontario Arts Council’s definition of a professional artist.

The OAC defines a professional artist as someone who:

  • has developed skills through training or practice
  • is recognized by artists working in the same artistic tradition
  • has a history of public presentation or publication
  • seeks payment for her or his work
  • actively practises his or her art (short breaks in artistic work history are allowed)

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be individual members of Theatre Ontario
  • Applications must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Applications must be current residents of Ontario and must have resided in the province for at least one year prior to the time of application
  • Applicants must intend to pursue their careers primarily in Ontario
  • Applicants must have proven ability and a demonstrated commitment to a career in theatre

Application Eligibility:

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify a mentor(s) and secure an appropriate training opportunity with them. The applicant and the mentor jointly determine the content of and the schedule of the mentorship program.
  • The applicant may apply to be mentored by more than one mentor and at more than one institution, although this must be clearly linked to the applicants training goals and explained thoroughly in the application.
  • Mentorship programs should take place in affiliation or on contract with a professional theatre company, festival, or cultural institution.
  • Theatre Ontario encourages the mentorship to take place within Canada, however, mentorship opportunities with a reputable and qualified  trainer outside of Canada may be considered if the applicant demonstrates that the opportunity is unique to their needs.
  • Training programs must be completed within twelve months of the grant being awarded.


Pttp Faqvideo

For more information, view our PTTP FAQ Video

Full Guidelines

Download a PDF of the full program guidelines


Download a PDF of the application form

Past Recipients

Read the announcement of the most recent PTTP recipients (Fall 2018)

Read stories from PTTP projects on the Theatre Ontario Blog

Read the archives of past PTTP recipients

Read the testimonials of past PTTP recipients and mentors

For More Information

Contact Raeburn Ferguson, Professional Theatre and Education Manager, by email at programs[at] or by telephone at 416.408.4556 x.12, especially if you are a first-time applicant.

Discuss the Professional Theatre Training Program on the Theatre Ontario Blog



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