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Worlds of Exile

The Theme of the Department of Theatre's 2017-18 Season

Exile, refugee, asylum-seeker, nomad, migrant, immigrant… these terms that share a sense of displacement and a feeling of Otherness. While some of these terms can be defined in legal and political terms, others speak to a rift that generates a social and psychological condition. Our season this year reflects aspects of the varied experience of persons who, either by choice or as a result of imposition, are living outside their home of origin, are Othered by virtue of colonial exile practises, or who have returned home only to find it unrecognizable, or who, as the children or grandchildren of exiles are living in two worlds. These are plays of longing and belonging, isolation and empowerment.

Citizen 150: Post National
Devised by the 4th year Acting students
Dramaturged/written by Debbie Pierson
Directed by Ross Manson (Volcano Theatre)
with choreography by Kate Alton

Deportation Cast
by Bjorn Bicker
translated by Birgit Schreyer Duarte
Directed by Keira Loughran

Dido, Queen of Carthage
by Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Peter Hinton

Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave
by David Yee

If We Were Birds
by Erin Shields


  • The Ashley Plays
  • Telling Tales out of School
  • playGround
  • The 2018 Devised Theatre Festival
  • Scenes by Design

Spotlight on Faculty: Teresa Przybylski and Shawn Kerwin

a Theatre @ York podcast

Faculty members Teresa Przybylski and Shawn Kerwin met with Eric Armstrong to record an audio interview about their design work for The Stratford Festival’s 2017 season. Kerwin is designing Euripides The Bakkhai, directed by York aluma Jillian Keiley, while Przybylski is designing The Madwoman of Chaillot, by French playwright Jean Giraudoux, directed by Donna Feore.


Spotlight on Alumni: Alexandra (Clement) McNamara

Alexandra (Clement) McNamara is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Department (BFA Acting 2007). After university, she found herself drawn to event planning and design and now runs Blush + Bowties, launched in 2013. Today, the company is a team of 3 with over 50 events a year in its portfolio. Most recently, Alex designed and planned Toronto’s first Concierge Event for the well-respected Australian wedding dress company Grace Loves Lace, and completed a course in interior design. We spoke with Alexandra about her new business, her experience at York, and what experience in her training has helped her transition into this new kind of work.