Native Youth Theatre

Native Youth Theatre (NYT) specializes in theatre classes for young people like your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and friends!

Our exciting, supportive and FREE acting courses are geared especially for young Indigenous actors (ages 8 to 18) and are designed to foster imagination, creativity, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

To get a sense of the kind of programming available in Native Youth Theatre, please see this promo video from 2019. Please note that course descriptions in the video are not current!

For more information about NYT, email [email protected] or call us at 204-942-8898.

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Native Youth Theatre 2021

There will be 20 weeks of instruction and activities.
Week starting Oct 18 – December 17: 9 weeks of class
Holiday break
Week starting January 10 – March 18: 10 weeks of class
NYT Cabaret March 20 (Sunday): final activities

Native Youth Theatre will be extending an invitation for Elders, Language Speakers and Knowledge Keepers to engage actors in Indigenous customs to help build their creative expression in all acting classes.

3 ways to register:

  1. For new students, download the registration form NYT and email it back to [email protected]
  2. For returning students, enter the access code NYT2021 online
  3. Call the MTYP Box Office 204-942-8898 Monday – Friday between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

TUESDAYS | Start Date: Oct 19 | Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
Instructors: Ashley Cook, Oyinda Alaka, Caitlin Wiens
IA: Ashton Hassan

An introduction class to acting for theatre, new actors begin to place their roots. Students explore a new version of themselves using their mind and body. Rooted sprouts will often survive just fine on their own, but with coaxing, care, and a little attention, spouts can grow tall and strong just like our students.

TUESDAYS | Start Date: Oct 19 | Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
Instructors: Kara Joseph, Oyinda Alaka, Caitlin Wiens
IA: Julius Hardisty

A class for emerging actors with or without experience. Actors are welcomed to explore their inner talents and express themselves working with peers who love to act as much as they do. Developing their skills with physical training, they learn to express themselves as emerging theatre actors. Saplings continue to grow, established in their surroundings, just like our students.

WEDNESDAYS | Start Date: Oct 20 | Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Instructors: Waawaate Fobister, Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin
IA: Adara Abraham

This class will prepare you for real-world experience for acting in theatre. Actors will continue to develop dramatic acting skills, or focus on catching up to their peers who have acting experience. Actors will interpret monologues and scenes from a variety of plays and genres with a focus on Indigenous playwrights. Students will work on both vocal and physical energy and strengthening theatre acting skills. This class requires commitment to building acting skills and a portfolio as young emerging Indigenous actor.

FRIDAYS | Start Date: Oct 22 | Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm

Aimed at students who feel comfortable as actors and want to experience the high level of collaboration that filmmaking requires. After learning the basics, students will work together in groups to write, plan, shoot, participate as actors and edit short films with the support of experienced instructors.