Aboriginal Theatre Program

wîchêhtowin - Aboriginal Theatre Program

Creating new stories for a new generation

wîchêhtowin Aboriginal Theatre Program Opening Ceremonies. The wîchêhtowin Aboriginal Theatre Program launch event was held on campus Friday, Oct. 16. The eight students in the first cohort of ATP gathered a dawn to erect a tipi beside the Drama Building. After the tipi was put up, a pipe ceremony was held inside, followed by a traditional feast in the North Studio of John Mitchell. Students and their families, elders, faculty from across campus, university staff, and community members were welcomed to Drama and attended the wonderful event.

The Department of Drama at the University of Saskatchewan is proud to announce an innovative new program of study — first of its kind in Canada — wîcêhtowin: Aboriginal Theatre Program. ATP 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.   

ATP is a two-year cohort-based program delivered over six consecutive semesters of study. The program culminates in a world premier of a new work; created, designed and performed by the program participants. 

ATP delivers meaningful and principled theatre skills that will provide graduates with the requisite training for success in a creative milieu with expanding employment opportunities. For those ATP graduates interested in continuing their education at the University of Sasktachewan, ATP can be used to ladder into degree programs.

Applications for admission to the ATP class of 2017-2018 are now open. The deadline for the September 2017 intake is May, 2017.

  • Click here for a description of the program.
  • Click here for application requirements. All application materials are to be sent to the Admissions Office via the onine application.
  • Click here to begin the application process (select "Apply Online," create a login ID and Password, then select "_Aboriginal Theatre Certif.").
  • Click here for the ATP supplemental application

Successful graduates of the Aboriginal Theatre Program will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Aboriginal Theatre.

The final performance by the 2015-16 graduating ATP cohort is available for viewing on Youtube:

For more information contact:

Carol Greyeyes
wîcêhtowin-Aboriginal Theatre Program
Program Director