Ensemble Program


The Aboriginal Ensemble Program is a distinct opportunity for committed artists interested in pursuing Performing Arts Studies and related artistic activities. It provides for participating artists to learn a variety of skills and become part of Full Circle's Ensemble. The emphasis of the program will be to offer training opportunities for both entry level and experienced artists and provide assistance in the development of personal projects ie: mentorship, dramaturgical support, studio readings/performances of works in progress etc.  All activities will be open to those accepted into the program. Through its hands-on, project based, collaborative approach to programming, Full Circle’s methodology seeks to immerse members, in a practical way, in the exploration and definition of their own Aboriginal creative “voice”.  Moreover, it helps participants gain a clearer understanding of how their unique contributions may artistically harmonize and reflect the needs and concerns within First Nations communities, Canada and the world at large. This will be accomplished through various methods, including:

WORKSHOP INTENSIVES: Introductory workshops for the community, ongoing performance maintenance workshops and training intensives for the Members of the Ensemble; special workshops and studies for various projects in the Creation, Development, and Production of work including a 10 day workshop and guided group creation previous to the Talking Stick Festival that would be presented at the festival.

ARTIST TALKS: Pre and post-performance talk-backs with visiting artists, Group discussions after seeing a performance or production.

WORKSHOP DEVELOPMENT: For those interested in delivering theatre workshops for youth and children etc.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Such as traditional talking circles, learning and sharing First Nations traditional singing, storytelling, and dancing. Field trips such as canoe paddling will also be scheduled to enhance the learning in studio.

Additional benefits for Aboriginal Ensemble members include: complimentary and discount tickets for professional productions, invitations to special Full Circle events; private invitations to readings/workshops of professional works in development.

To apply for the Aboriginal Ensemble Training Program, please submit the following:

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