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Ottawa School of Speech and Drama closes doors

For 25 years the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama was the premier performing arts school in the Capital.

The staple in Ottawa's arts community has shut down but, its abrupt closure has left parents and performers confused and asking questions.

Some people showed up to a notice on the door saying board and staff members tried very hard to find "viable solutions" to keep the school running, with no success. "The operations have become unsustainable."

Kate Hurman taught at the school for the past 10 years. She says she stopped teaching because she and other teachers hadn't been paid for months.

In an interview with CTV Ottawa, Hurman said, "I think it was a little too late. The teachers who worked there already knew that it was only a matter of time."

She added, "It (the school) provided an arts education at a time when arts education is diminishing is the public school system. A safe place, a place for children to go to explore ideas about the bigger world and now, that's gone. It's gone as a direct consequence of mismanagement."

The school was second home to Lupiano family. Their daughter Alesia went there for years and is now a professional actress.

"I think it gave her the confidence to continue pursuing her dream" said Helen Lupiano, her mother.

Alesia's father, Tom Lupiano added, "I think it's going to be really disappointing and sad for Ottawa. I think it was a great place for the kids to go."

Thousands of students have been trained at the school for the last 25 years. CTV Ottawa's calls and emails to the school were not returned Saturday.

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