The Land We Live On


ISTOTSI (Blackfoot) "to immerse yourself and gain experience in something, to practice and attain skill."

We are looking for performers from all backgrounds ages 18+ based in Mohkinstsis, also known as Calgary, to join the Acting Company for our upcoming production of Istotsi: The Land We Live On. We are casting fresh young voices, regardless of experience level. 

There are three phases to this project. Selected applicants will be contracted as acting company members for all three phases of this project, from June – October 2nd.

Istotsi Research – June – July. During this time the acting company will be provided with reference material and asked to begin researching the history of Mohkinstsis. We want to get you thinking about what this city and the surrounding land means to you. 

Istotsi Creation Residency – July 12 – 24. Over the course of two weeks, the acting company will gather to create their individual performances for the final show. You will be immersed in daily workshops with guest artists from a variety of performing arts backgrounds. Participants will use these skills to finesse their performance piece with guidance from the directors, Elders, MT7 alumni, and other members of the company. This piece will be shown along the rest of the company’s work as a collection of vignettes in the fall show. 

Istotsi Rehearsals and Performance – August 24 – October 2. Rehearsals will be August 24 – September 13, Tuesday to Saturday. Performances run from September 16 – October 2.

For the audition we ask that you create a 2 minute piece based on your experiences in Mohkinstsis – it can be historical, present, or futuristic, based on the land and the people who call this place their home. This can be in any performing arts discipline, traditional or contemporary, that the applicant chooses, including but not limited to: monologue/storytelling, song, dance, music, poetry, etc. 

Zoom auditions take place May 13th and 14th by appointment only. If choosing to do a self tape please introduce your video by telling us who you are, and why you’d like to join our team. 

Applicants have two options:

  1. Video submission. Due no later than May 14th. When filling out your audition form (see below), upload your files in the appropriate field. OR
  2. Zoom audition. If you’d like to perform face-to-face (as close as we can get!), you may request a fifteen minute time slot on May 13th or 14th on the audition form below.

Please submit your video application by May 14th, or zoom application by May 10th. There will be no exceptions made for late submissions. We will contact successful applicants by May 31st.

COVID 19 Information

Making Treaty 7 will follow all federally, provincially, and municipally mandated public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID 19. The health and safety of our artists and colleagues is our top priority. This means our proposed activities are subject to change. We are prepared to shift to a digital process and/or performance as needed. Thank you for your flexibility!

ISTOTSI Workshop Series - Winter 2020/2021

From November 2020, through to the end of March 2021, Making Treaty 7 hosted a series of online and COVID-regulated in-person workshops. These bi-weekly classes included Indigenous knowledge sharing from Treaty 7 Elders, along with practical workshops in storytelling, poetry, song, music, dance, movement, mask, puppetry, voice, design and theatre practice; facilitated by Making Treaty 7 Artist Alumni, and other guest artists. 

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Every MT7 show was created by artists from all cultures coming together to share, listen, and learn, and then create together. Our process is Indigenous-led, settler-supported, and it has been transformational for artists and audiences alike. With “istotsi” at the root of what we do in this project, we will always be looking at how we learn from experience. We grow an awareness of what we take away when we immerse ourselves in new artistic practices, and how we can apply new knowledge to create something truly immersive and transformational for our audiences. We want them to walk away with new knowledge in the same way we do.

The Istotsi Workshop Series brings together young and emerging artists of all backgrounds to learn various indigenous and artistic processes from MT7 Elders, Alumni and special guests. Participants will be challenged to use what they have learned in these workshops to create a short performance piece of their own by filtering the stories of the Elders through the artistic practices of their choice, to be presented at the end of the workshop process.  Istotsi participants will be asked to add their own real truths to each piece, providing authentic interpretations and a modern context of both our Treaty and our relationship to this land we call Mohkinstsis.

The Istotsi Workshop Series provides MT7 with the opportunity to recruit, train, and empower a larger roster of young, fresh, Indigenous performers, designers and creators for our stage. At the same time, we invite young and emerging artists from the settler and new comer communities to participate, learn and expand our circle of allies with interest in indigenous culture and practice.

More Questions? Email us.

Seriously, we want you to audition so if you're not sure about anything, please ask us.