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Extraordinary Lives: Difference and Ability

The Theme of the Department of Theatre's 2016-17 Season

Photo by Jeremy Mimnaugh.

Extraordinary Lives: Difference and Ability is the Department of Theatre’s thematic focus for the 2016-17 academic year. From public events like Theatre @ York’s mainstage season, to the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series hosted by the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies, to curriculum and classroom dialogue, the department is exploring questions around disability and performance. Inspired by conversations at the local and national level, we are working closely with members of the disability arts community to challenge traditionally ableist modes of making theatre and to “crip” our studios, classrooms and stages.

An external advisory panel of prominent Deaf, Mad and crip artists are serving as facilitators for the season. With their help, we aim to support ongoing efforts to make post-secondary theatre training in Canada more accessible to students of all abilities, and the experience of theatre more open and inclusive to audiences.

This season, Theatre @ York presents Thomas Bernhard’s A Party for Boris, directed by MFA Directing candidate Matthew Earnest, August Strindberg’s A Dream Play directed by MFA Directing candidate David Di Giovanni, and The Three Sisters, directed by MFA Directing candidate Tanja Jacobs. We will offer “Relaxed Performance” options and signed performances.

Spotlight on Alumni: Tina Jung

Tina Jung is a graduate of York University’s Department of Theatre (BFA Acting 2013). Since graduating, she has been busy working mainly in television and film. She has a recurring role on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience and Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop. Other selected screen credits include Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, The Expanse, and Beauty and the Beast. You can also see her on the upcoming Michael and Peter Spierig’s Saw: Legacy released later this year. We checked in with Tina on her experience as a student at York, what she learned here, and how it has helped her since she graduated.

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Spotlight on Alumni: Nadine Bhabha

Nadine Bhabha

Nadine Bhabha(BFA Acting 2016) most recently had the title role working with Canada’s oldest Black theatre company, Black Theatre Workshop. The show was called Bluenose and it toured throughout Montreal to schools for Black History Month. Since graduating, she has booked various small roles in commercials and TV movies, has workshopped a new play with Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions entitled Through the Glass, and is working with Shakespeare in Action, teaching young children the joys of working with the “Bard”. We talked with Nadine about her time at York, plus her experiences since graduating.

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Rallentando—Faculty collaborate to create an immersive experience Faculty members Gwenyth Dobie (Theatre), Don Sinclair (Digital Media) and William Mackwood (Dance) continued their research into “Forest Bathing” with their installation, Rallentando. The piece explores the restorative effects of spending time in a Virtual Nature, and features BFA Acting alumni Ken Northfield and Katelyn McCulloch, and BA Devised Theatre alumna Laurel Brady. Professor Ian Garrett (Theatre) captured the event as 360° photos
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