The only school of its kind in Canada
Our program is built to prepare you for your career in contemporary performance and theatre arts, from a distinctively Indigenous cultural foundation. The uniqueness of our training is how it oscillates from Indigenous culture into contemporary theatre and performance techniques. The program equips you, the student, with Indigenous learnings, knowledge, perspectives, practices, and modern performance methodologies. This particular combination is designed to best enable you to tell your stories, in your voice. Our curriculum integrates training in the areas of acting, voice and movement with Indigenous cultural classes in dance, song and oral history. The program also offers professional development which allows students and working actors to train together, adding and essential mentoring element to your training. It is an opportunity for emerging Indigenous artists to work with one another and established Indigenous artists within your own cultural milieu, to embolden one another, to become tomorrow’s passionate, inspired and strong Indigenous cultural curators, conservationists and artists.
Our program is performance oriented, so all students will also have a chance to perform. You gain practical performance experience through public performance opportunities in showcase events, story creation projects. And, a year-end show written by an Indigenous playwright or adapted by an Indigenous playwright, featuring senior students.