ESA Drama Presents A Doll’s House – Tickets Now On Sale

The Drama Department of the Etobicoke School of the Arts is proud to present A Doll’s House.  Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece introduces us to Nora Helmer, a doting wife and mother whose life is dedicated to the nurturing of her family.  However, Nora harbours a secret: some years ago she borrowed a staggering sum of money without her husband’s knowledge in order to finance his recovery from an illness.  The scheme succeeded but the secret debt looms large in the shadows.  As the truth starts to unfold, it threatens to tear apart Nora’s construct of marriage, gender roles and family values, challenging her to examine who she is and what role she’s truly meant to play in her world.

Performed by a cast of teenagers and directed by ESA drama teacher Natasha Brault and ESA alumni Taylor Sutherland, A Doll’s House raises questions about gender politics that are as resonant today as they were in Ibsen’s time.

Show dates are Feb. 20, 21, 24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m., and Feb. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at The Theatre Centre 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto. General Admission. Tickets on sale at

Drama Department: Speak The Speech, I Pray You: An Evening of Shakespeare

The Grade 12 Drama Majors present “Speak the Speech, I Pray You…”: an evening of Shakespeare on Thursday December 11th in the Mini Theatre. The students will present a series of monologues and a collective creation piece entitled “2B”, which was recently featured during Arts Showcase. These students have dedicated a great deal of time and effort in the research and creation of their roles; as well, the students designed and created their own costumes for their characters.

Two performances, one at 4pm and a second at 7pm, will be held on Thursday. Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, will be available at the door. The performances are dedicated to John Stead and his stage fighting directors in honour of their extensive voluntary work with the cast of The Three Musketeers during rehearsals for Mainstage last year. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to The Performing Arts Lodge in honour of John Stead and his team. The production will run approximately two hours and 20 minutes with two 10 minute intermissions. Please join us and witness the incredible work that these final year students have created!

This will be a fantastic opportunity for applicants to Drama at ESA, who are planning to audition for the program in January, to see the type of work that students do and to ask Ms. Bourne and/or Mr. Black any last minute questions about audition prior to January 16th. We hope to see you there!

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards on now!!

Join us in entering the largest international competition for high school students in the world.

Sign up at:

Entries are $5 each. Last year ESA won nearly 51% of all awards in the world in the first, Regional Round.

In the final, National Round, the countries with the most awards were:
1. USA
2. Etobicoke School of the Arts
3. Korea
4. UK

Writing, film, and art awards. Winners in the National Round have their work shown/published in New York.

Deadline is December 17!

Drama and Film New York Trip 2014


































Our guide Brendan with the group

Our guide Brendan with the group

In the Financial District Nov. 15, 2014

In the Financial District Nov. 15, 2014

Invitation to Portfolio Day 5

I hope very much that you will join us to celebrate our Fifth Annual Portfolio Day on Friday November 7 from 6.45 to 8.15 pm.
You will see approximately 2000 works by 71 grade 12 students in our largest Portfolio Day to date.

All are welcome. It is a wonderful opportunity to get a sense of this next wave of thinkers and artists and to preview work that will be sold in May at our End of the Year Exhibition.

For those applying to ESA for Film or Visual Art in January, this is an excellent opportunity to get some ideas for your portfolio.

As well, please join us for our opening at the York University Special Projects Gallery on Thursday November 13th at 5pm.

NOV 7 – Portfolio Day 5!!!


The chaos has begun! Portfolio day 2014, our fifth edition, is shaping up to be our most dynamic so far.

Join us in celebrating the work done by the grade 12’s by visiting the show from 6.45pm-8.15pm on Friday November 7th.

We will witness some of the strongest work ever at ESA. We are hoping for a large crowd so please feel free to invite friends and family!

Schools/programs registered to date:

1. Harvard, Cambridge MA
2. School of Visual Art, New York NY
3. Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City MO
4. College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI
5. McMaster University, Hamilton
6. Emily Carr, Vancouver BC
7. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax NS
8. Max the Mutt, Toronto
9. Columbus College of Art and Design, OH
10. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary AB
11. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City
12. Ryerson University, Toronto
13. Ryerson RTA School of Media, Toronto
14. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, NY NY
15. Western University, London Ontario
16. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
17. Kendall College of Art & Design, grand Rapids Michigan
18. The San Francisco Art Institute, California
19. Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design University of Michigan
20. Parsons Paris, France
21. Parsons the New School, New York NY
22. SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, San Francisco California
23. York University Visual Art Department, Toronto
24. York University Design Department, Toronto
25. California Institute of the Arts
26. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York
27. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
28. Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
29. New York School of Interior Design
30. School of Creative Arts University Of Windsor
31. Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto 32. Paris College of Art, Paris France
33. Sheridan College Game Design, Toronto
34. Sheridan College Illustration, Toronto
35. Sheridan College Animation, Toronto
36. Sheridan College Photography, Toronto
37. Sheridan College Interaction Design, Toronto
38. Sheridan College Bachelor of Crafts and Design, Toronto
39. Camberwell College of Arts, London UK
40. Central Saint Martins, London UK
41. Chelsea College of Arts, London UK
42. London College of Communication, London UK
43. London College of Fashion, London UK
44. Wimbledon College of Arts, London UK
45. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver Colorado
46. Pratt MWP Utica, New York
47. Queens University, Kingston
48. Concordia University Photography, Montreal
49. Concordia University Studio Art, Montreal
50. Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach California
51. Columbia College Chicago, IL
52. George Brown College Graphic Design Program, Toronto
53. George Brown College Game Design Program, Toronto
54. George Brown College Interaction Design Program, Toronto
55. University of British Colombia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC
56. University of Guelph, ON

Thank you so much!

Matthew Varey [email protected]

REVELATIONS: Six Student Directed One Act Plays

Ms. Brault’s Grade 11 Drama Majors present REVELATIONS: Six Student Directed One Act Plays on Wednesday, April 30 at 4pm and 7pm and Thursday, May 1st at 4pm and 6pm in the Mini Theatre. The rotation of plays is as follows: Wed. April 30th at 4pm and Thurs. May 1st at 6pm will include Thucydides, The Other Woman and Mountain Song; Wed. April 30th at 7pm and Thurs. May 1st at 4pm will include F*cking Art, Bedtime, and Circuit Breakers.
PLEASE NOTE: the Thursday evening shows will begin at 6pm.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for students.
These shows are the culminating projects for the Drama Majors for their grade 11 year. Please come out and support the wonderful work of these students and their teacher! All are welcome.

MainStage 2014: The Three Musketeers Spectacular

Break the last of the winter chill with an incredible evening of theatre this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as the ESA Drama Department proudly presents The Three Musketeers written by Alexandre Dumas and adapted for the stage by Peter Raby. This epic production is one of most ambitious ever mounted by the department. Director Susan Bourne and the cast of thirty five students have been rehearsing since early October. The production includes original music composed and presented by students. As well, the production will highlight the stage fighting skills that the actors have acquired in professional fight training. The Three Musketeers presented in the Nancy Main Theatre. Wednesday April 2 – Friday April 4 at 7pm. Tickets: $24 Adults; $14 Students (including all fees).
Tickets are still available for all nights of the show.


The Three Musketeers Photo Release

The audience for The Three Musketeers will experience a wonderful treat and escape this coming Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – April 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Nancy Main Auditorium. Peter Raby’s adaptation of Alexandre Dumas novel The Three Musketeers is a fast-paced and exhilarating journey into another time and world.

Set in the 17th century, The Three Musketeers is the story of a young man named d’Artagnan who leaves home to travel to Paris to fulfill his dream of joining the famed Musketeers of the Guard. The musketeers of the title are his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis. These three musketeers are inseparable friends who live by the motto “all for one, one for all” (“tous pour un, un pour tous”).

Alexandre Dumas wrote The Three Musketeers when he was a practising fencer. Like many other French gentlemen of his generation, he attended prominent fencing schools.

In 2014, the cast members in the ESA Drama Department production have had the opportunity to channel some of Dumas’ enthusiasm for fencing. Since mid-October, cast members have had the privilege to study with professional fight instructor John Stead, and his incredible team of instructors, who have choreographed the many fights that take place during the production. The students have been given an opportunity rarely offered to non-professional actors. This access and coaching has led to some impressive results and has given the students a real understanding of the work involved in extensive stage combat.

The Three Musketeers runs from Wed. April 2nd to Fri. April 4th at 7pm in the Nancy Main Auditorium at ESA. Tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for students.

Tickets are on sale for The Three Musketeers!

musketeers-webJoin us for a swashbuckling adventure. Tickets are on sale now. 

A Celebration of William Shakespeare’s Character Moments

“Fool, I could have poisoned you 100 times had I been able to live without you.”

Presented by the Grade 12 Drama students on Friday, November 29th at 4pm & 7pm. Tickets $5 at the door.



“Speak the Speech, I Pray You…” A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Character Moments


The Grade 12 Drama Majors proudly present “Speak the Speech, I Pray You…” A Celebration of William Shakespeare’s Character Moments. The students have been working diligently on the rehearsal of Shakespearian monologues and the design of original costumes in preparation for these final performances. The result is a visually stunning and emotionally gripping series of approximately thirty character moments from Shakespeare’s well known and lesser known plays. Please join us in the Mini Theatre at 4pm or 7pm on Friday, November 29th. Tickets are $5 at the door.