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Become a student

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.

We seek to train you, the future Indigenous artist, to become tomorrow’s inspired and passionate Indigenous voice.

Download, fill and submit your application form.

You can apply today!
Become the inspired & passionate
Indigenous voices of tomorrow!

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.

Application requirements:

• You must be of Indigenous ancestry.

• You must be 18 years of age or older.

• You must have a Grade 10 English level.

• You must be interested in acting movement, voice, self-discovery and theatre.

• You must be interested in exploring Indigenous knowledge, with respect for all Indigenous cultures, traditions and art forms.

• A self shot audition video must be submitted with your application and must include a monologue performance.
See our “How-to” video for instructions on to both shoot and submit your audition video.

Applicants applying for funding from their Band Council are encouraged to apply to The Centre for Indigenous Theatre in conjunction with their Education Department deadlines.

Call us if you need more details.

Tuition is $3,750.00 (CAD) per year.

Your tuition includes books/supplies, production costs and special events.

You are responsible for your own travel to and from Toronto.

You are responsible for your living expenses.

Due by the end of January for second term applicants.

No qualified student is ever refused due to a lack of funding.

We are committed to assisting you in securing funding to study with us.

We offer a complete range of scholarships and student supports.

Please contact us for more information.

How to shoot your audition video

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Sample Audition Video: Theresa

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Sample Audition Video: Sam

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The step-by-step guide
to shooting your audition

Step one:

Pick an age-appropriate monologue and make sure it is something from Indigenous canon. If you’re having a hard time picking one, email info@indigenoustheatre.com and we can work with you to find the right mix of pieces. Show your other skills as well, like singing, dancing, or hand drumming. Or if you’re a storyteller, then tell your story, but without performed or false accents. Please remember that a monologue is required.

Step two:

Wear neutral colours, pick out something simple. Wear something you feel both comfortable and confident in.

Also, make sure the background you’re shooting against is also neutral.

Step three:

There is no set time limit for your video, but your audition video should be about 3 minutes in length.

Step four:

You don’t need a professional camera, you can record your audition on any device. Please make sure, you are shooting in landscape mode and you are framed, at least, from the bottom of your torso to the top of your head. What’s also known as a medium, or waist shot.

You should also make sure that the space you are shooting in, is also a well-lit and reasonably quiet. Make sure your shooting space doesn’t have any environmental noise that will drown out your voice and performance.

Also, do not stand in front of any windows or harsh backlight. It’s important that we see you, and your wonderful face during your performance.

If you need help shooting, ask someone to help by holding the camera while recording.

Step five:

And this is the most important one… Have fun.

After you’re done recording your video, contact us at info@indigenoustheatre.com to talk about how you can send us your audition video.

You can use platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, even Facebook, Instagram or Google Drive or Dropbox.

Thank you and happy shooting!

If you have questions, ask them here 🙂