In 1974, the late James Buller founded Native Theatre School with the belief that with a viable Aboriginal school, Aboriginal actors, playwrights and directors would have a respectful and supportive home for the community’s creative explorations and exchanges. Buller’s hope was that the four-week program would grow Aboriginal voices and the Aboriginal theatre community.
James Buller’s dream is alive and well and bigger than he could possibly have imagined. Today, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre offers full-time three and four-year programs embracing the spirit, energy and inspiration derived from the culture, values and traditions of Indigenous people.
CIT elaborates a contemporary Indigenous performance culture by providing training and professional development opportunities for emerging and established Native theatre artists. The curriculum integrates training in acting, voice and movement with Indigenous cultural classes in dance, song, story-weaving and oral history. It also offers a professional development component, allowing students and working actors to train together, adding the all-important mentoring component to the curriculum.
You, the student, are given the opportunity to publicly perform through community showcase events, story creation projects and a year-end production which features senior students.