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 20) and are designed to foster imagination, creativity, self-esteem, and self-confidence.

NYT registration for the 2022/23 season is now open!

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 2022/23

First Week: Sept 19 • 13 weeks of class
Last Week before Holiday Break: Dec 12

Week starting after Holiday Break: January 9
Week Ending: March 12 (subject to change) • 10 weeks of class

NYT Cabaret: March 12 • Final activities

3 ways to register:

  1. For new students, download the registration form and email it back to [email protected].
  2. For returning students, enter the access code NYT2022 online
  3. Call the MTYP Box Office 204-942-8898 Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

MONDAYS | Start Date: Sept 19 | Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
Instructors: Victoria Perrie, Melissa Paypompee
IA: Victoria Matheson, Adara Abraham

Together, we will learn theatre etiquette and fundamentals, physical expression, storytelling, and voice work. With the guidance and collaboration of elders and our supportive classroom environment, our students learn to be brave and thrive in a culturally safe space. By telling their own personal stories through the lens of the seven sacred teachings. Come join us in this journey through an Indigenized artistic expression, and build respectful kinships with one another.

TUESDAYS | Start Date: Sept 20 | Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
Instructors: Oyinda Alaka, Caitlin Wiens
IA: Dezeare Meade, Devon Delarmed

Saplings Drama Acting class focuses on growing and developing students’ skills as actors and storytellers, focusing on the physical and emotional connections that allow students to share stories, both as solo actors and as a group. Join us while we explore the different aspects of theatre such as playwriting, costume design and prop design.

WEDNESDAYS | Start Date: Sept 21 | Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Instructors: Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin, Kara Joseph
IA: Dezeare Meade, Alexis Abaraham

Next Generation will help students develop their storytelling skills in drama and theatre settings. Participants will begin exploring their imagined or personal experiences as guided by the Seven Teachings. The class offers traditional drumming, songs and cultural teachings as tools to help students develop their stories as needed. Students will inform their drama work with basic theatre knowledge including physical body and mask movement.

FRIDAYS | Start Date: Sept 23 | Time: 6:00 to 8:00pm
Instructors: Chris MacDonald, Taryn Brenner
IA: Ashton Hassan

Students work together to evolve their storytelling skills into unique short films. Our instructors encourage students to explore film in front or behind the camera. No matter the films’ styles or genre, students in this course are challenged to express themselves and their personal or imagined experiences, while being introduced to script writing, and through their performances with the support of two dedicated film instructors.