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Betty Oliphant Theatre

Located in the R.A. Laidlaw Centre, the Betty Oliphant Theatre (BOT) is a 265-seat proscenium arch theatre with a Georgian Court-style auditorium and a large fly tower. Tucked behind the façade of two Victorian mansions, it was designed by Jack Diamond, who is one of Canada's premier architects. Acoustics were designed by Artec Consultants Inc.

Bearing the name of the school’s founder, the Betty Oliphant Theatre was originally built as a stage training facility to assist our students to make the transition from studio to stage. The stage enables students to become comfortable training without mirrors and performing on-stage.

The R. A. Laidlaw Centre contains the stage facilities, rehearsal studios, production offices, and a physiotherapy centre. The stage is used for classes six days a week, and was modeled after the performing space at the O’Keefe Centre (now the Sony Centre) that the National Ballet of Canada was using.

For the community, the theatre provides a professional setting and support system for dance and theatre productions.

Contact Information

The theatre is located at:
R.A. Laidlaw Centre
404 Jarvis St
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 2G6

Our Team

Aisling Sampson
Production and Theatre Operations Manager

For technical questions:

Stuart Baulch
Technical Director

For information on upcoming events or purchasing tickets:


For information on renting the theatre:

Rental Administrator

Virtual Tour

Preview photos of the
Betty Oliphant Theatre.

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  • Tech Drawings & Lighting Plans
  • NBS Venue Rental Information 2015
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    Fax: 416-964-5133
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