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wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program: Creating new stories for a new generation

The Department of Drama at the University of Saskatchewan is proud to announce an innovative new program of study, which is the first of its kind in Canada: the wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program. The wîcêhtowin: Aboriginal Theatre Program is a two year certificate program for Aboriginal students offered by the College of Arts and Science which is delivered over six consecutive semesters of study.

You may earn the certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or after having already received a degree from the University of Saskatchewan or another institution.


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Admission Requirements

Fall 2017 intake is now open.

Regular admission

Admission is based on successful completion of secondary level (Grade 12) standing with a minimum overall average of 70% based on a five-subject admission average calculation or on the successful completion of at least 18 credit units of transferable university-level course work at a recognized post-secondary institution with an overall average of at least 60%.

Special (Mature) Admission

Special (Mature) Admission is available to applicants who do not qualify for regular admission.

Applicants must:

  • be 21 years of age or older by the first day of classes
  • be entering their first year of post-secondary study
  • have fewer than 18 credit units of transferable university-level course work

Applicants must demonstrate reasonable probability of academic success and a summary of work and personal experience since leaving school.

For more information contact: wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program Director Carol Greyeyes at 306 966-2228 or email: carol.greyeyes@usask.ca.

How to Apply

As an Aboriginal Theatre Program applicant, you must be admissible to the College of Arts and Science.

If you're a current student: 

If you are a new applicant to the U of S: 

  • Follow the Steps to Apply
    • When filling out the online application select the Application Type that corresponds to your situation (e.g. only completed high school in Saskatchewan – “1 High School – Saskatchewan”). In “Planned Program of Study” select one of the Arts and Science programs. 
  • Once you submit your application to Arts and Science and receive your NSID, you will need to complete the supplemental application to the Aboriginal Theatre program

If you have any questions about these materials, please contact wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program Director Carol Greyeyes at 306 966-2228 or email: carol.greyeyes@usask.ca.

What is the wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program?

“wîcêhtowin” is a Cree word, a noun that names a process: we live together in harmony; we help each other; we are inclusive.

The wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program is a comprehensive and experiential-based learning approach to train emerging First Nations and Métis theatre professionals in the areas of performance, theatre design and collective creation. Launched in the fall of 2015, the 30-credit program provides rigorous training in preparation for a career in theatre, television, film and related entertainment industries. The program culminates in a world premiere of a new theatrical work, created, designed and performed by the program participants. 

For more information contact: wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program Director Carol Greyeyes at 306 966-2228, Email: carol.greyeyes@usask.ca

wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program: Is it for you?

wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program delivers meaningful and principled theatre skills that will provide graduates with the requisite training for success in a creative milieu with expanding employment opportunities. Completion of the program also allows students to advance their scholarly and artistic education by laddering into a diverse number of university degrees, such as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting or Design, a Bachelor of Arts, or a Bachelor of Education with a teaching area specialty in Drama.

The Department of Drama teaching facility is purpose-built; acting and movement classes have large bright studio spaces with sprung floors and there is a state of the art costume lab, as well as access to Q-lab software. Sound and theatrical design facilities produce high grade theatrical productions and the Greystone Theatre itself is recognized nationally and internationally for its history of stellar and premiere productions including consistent sell-out performances.

Students in this program are a diverse mix, including first-time university students, mature students, B.Ed. graduates looking to upgrade their academic credentials and specialize in theatre, and students already enrolled in academic programs in other colleges. Students are further supported by mentorship and “buddy system” where older students share their experiences, and they also have access to Aboriginal student advisors and academic and personal counseling. Professional standards are modeled in all classes and this program, nested within the Drama department, promotes interdependence between all faculty, staff and students. Several faculty and alumni of Drama have received teaching awards of excellence, as well as local, provincial and international awards for theatrical productions.

Sample Classes

  • DRAM 211: Indigenous Performance Methods
    The course introduces Indigenous culture and worldview through language acquisition. The course uses the “communicative method” fundamental to the field of language acquisition and allows students to express themselves creatively in an Indigenous language using a variety of traditional and contemporary methodologies, and especially via performance.

  • DRAM 231: Introduction to Aboriginal Playwritinga
    The purpose of DRAM 231 is to learn the basics of dramatic writing, with a focus on writing for the stage. The course is intended for students with little to no previous University-level writing experience, but who have an intense interest in theatre. The craft of writing plays is explored through exercises and class discussion, and the course focuses on First Nations and Métis cultural concerns.
  • DRAM 310: Aboriginal Theatre Program Capstone Course
    This Capstone course for the wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program provides the opportunity to apply performance techniques and skills, the theory and practice of writing for the theatre, basic theatre design and production concepts, and the skills required for production coordination, stage and house management, in a public performance. The course features four live performances of a collaboratively developed new production, showcasing the skills gained over the course of wîcêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program.

Career Opportunities

  • Actor
  • Playwright
  • Screenwriter
  • Stage Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Stage Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Director
  • Teacher/Instructor
  • Arts Administrator

Skill Sets Gained

  • Creativity
  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Decision-making skills
  • Honesty, integrity and ethical standards
  • Goal-setting
  • Adaptability/flexibility
  • Personal management/Motivational skills
  • Organizational/Planning skills
  • An integration of mind, body, and spirit

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