Theatre Nova Scotia wishes to announce the cancellation of the 2017 Nova Scotia High School Drama Festival. The DramaFest Coordinator has been in consultation with EDANS and teachers from across the province for several months, weighing the efficacy of our decision. Along with the DramaFest Coordinator, the Executive Director and Board of Directors of Theatre Nova Scotia have been monitoring the situation and have held critical discussions about our programming as it relates to balancing our respect for all those affected by the contract situation as well as our ability to offer the best possible DramaFest experience for students across the province. DramaFest is as an affirming experience for our staff and artists, as it is for the participating students and teachers. This decision was not an easy one to make. On May 4th, we will miss the creativity and energy of 300 students and their dedicated teachers. Jeff Schwager will be the coordinator for the 2018 festival and is already focusing his energy on how to continue to offer an amazing experience for all participants.