So you want to be a star. This summer you may have a chance.

Yves Sioui Durand, artistic director of the Odinnok Theatre, and Simon Brault, director general of the National Theatre School of Canada (NTSC), are pleased to announce the launch of a new theatre workshop program for Native Artists.

This association between the Native arts organization and the National Institution for Theatre Training is the culmination of a process that began many years ago.

Andre Malaket, the assistant manager for the Odinnok company, said they’re very interested in traveling to James Bay to try to get young people involved in acting careers.

Odinnok is a nomadic theatre troupe and they’re traveling to different Native communities to show their artistic theatre work. They’re planning to work with French-speaking Native groups for the first year and after that they want to go up to James Bay to see if the Crees can make good actors or movie stars.

Odinnok and the NTSC say they are aware of the richness of the various Aboriginal communities, they’re hoping to foster the emergence of stage artists, actors, and playwrights among the Native peoples of Quebec because it’s essential for Aboriginals to truly take control of their cultural development.