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Worlds of Exile

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

Theatre at York 2017

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.

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
in the Joseph G. Green Theatre.
7:30 p.m. on November 19-20 (Previews), 7:30 p.m. on 20-24, 2017
1:00 p.m. on November 22 & 24; 2 p.m. on November 25.


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: Scarlett Larry

Scarlett Larry (BFA Theatre Production and Design ’17) is a freelance stage manager, lighting designer, technician, and the artistic director of What She Said Theatre. She has worked for companies across Canada that include Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Drayton Entertainment, and Carousel Theatre for Young People. While at York, she wrote and directed a feminist satire called The Stage Manager’s Guide to Dating Assholes, that was originally workshopped at York’s playGround Festival, then fully mounted at the Toronto Fringe and just last summer was produced by York at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. In February, Scarlett was a lighting design intern on Come From Away at Mirvish Productions, lighting designed by Howell Binkley. The opportunity was given to her by Siobhan Sleath, a York graduate and Binkley’s associate lighting designer.


Yorkies Before Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park 2017

Shakespeare Hip Hop

At the opening of this season’s Shakespeare in High Park on July 13, 2017, Artistic Director Matthew Jocelyn celebrated York’s collaboration with The Canadian Stage Company. He also mentioned the community engagement the company is doing with Shakespeare in Action, including Artistic Directer Michael Kelly (MFA ), and Education and Outreach Coordinator, David di Giovanni (MFA 2017), through the pre-show performances of Shakespeare Hip Hop, presented July 18-29, Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 pm.
The following York students and alumni are also involved:
Raechel Fisher: Camp Director, (BFA 2016)
Anastasiya Popova: Stage Manager (this year’s Theatre @ York production manager – 4th yr Production/Design)
Tomasz Pereira-Nunes Tworkowski: Assistant Director (third yr Acting)


York alumni David Hein and Irene Sankoff The creators of the smash hit musical "Come From Away" tell how their studies at York helped set them on the path to professional success.