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Alum Akosua Amo-Adem featured in NOW Magazine

Alum Akosua Amo-Adem featured in NOW Magazine

Theatre alum Akosua Amo-Adem was featured on the cover of Now Magazine, as part of its Winter Stage Preview. The article focuses on Amo-Adem’s remarkable presence, and her rise to prominence in the Toronto theatre scene since her graduation from York (BFA Acting 2009). First appearing professionally in The Middle Place by Andrew Kushnir in that year’s SummerWorks, she caught many people’s attention right out of the gate. Now she is preparing to star in Venus’ Daughter, by Meghan Swaby, directed by  Obsidian Theatre’s Philip Akin, where she acts alongside Swaby and another York alumnus, Kaleb Alexander (BFA Acting 2010).

Performing Indigeneity

Winter Home

Performing Indigeneity is the Department of Theatre’s 2015-16 thematic focus. From public events like Theatre @ York’s mainstage season, to the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series hosted by the Graduate Program in Theatre & Performance Studies, to curriculum and classroom dialogue, the department is devoting this academic year to exploring questions raised by indigenous performance. These questions include interculturalism, indigenous protocols, the legacies and lived realities of settler-colonialism, post-colonial politics and aesthetics, and the staging of indigenous identities. York’s theatre program joins the national conversation being undertaken by the country’s most influential theatre organizations and leads the entire nation in addressing how post-secondary theatre training intersects with Canada’s Indigenous peoples and the diversity of their artistic practices.

This season, Theatre @ York presents Daniel David Moses’ Brébeuf’s Ghost directed by Yvette Nolan and Yvette Nolan’s The Birds, directed by Michael Greyeyes. It is the first time the Department of Theatre has produced two plays by First Nations playwrights with First Nations directors at the helm.

York theatre faculty honoured with CITT Awards

Syliva Defendin Studio

Two members of the Department of Theatre were honoured at the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology’s annual awards banquet as recipients of 2015 CITT Awards. Costumer Sylvia Defend, lecturer and head of wardrobe in the Department of Theatre, won CITT’s Education Achievement Award for her longstanding contributions as an educator engaged in teaching a technical discipline, preparing students for work in Canada’s live performance industry. Professor Emeritus Phillip Silver received the Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement in recognition of his stellar achievements over a 50+ year career as set, costume and lighting designer for more than 300 signature productions for major theatre and opera stages across the country.

2015 CITT Awards


Cloud 9 - Trailer Graphic sexuality, obscene language and a purposeful disregard for western theatrical conventions mark Theatre @ York’s provocative new production of British playwright Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, directed by Nigel Shawn Williams.


A curated selection of images of student work.