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Disruptors

The Theme of the Department of Theatre's 2018-19 Season

Disruptors innovate. Disruptors interrupt. Disruptors infiltrate. This season, Theatre@York presents plays that focus on the impact and influence of people who are agents of change. Sometimes unconventional, always challenging, these are characters who will never leave well enough alone. The Reading Group, made up of fifteen students from acting, production/design and performance creation & research as well as three faculty members, read many diverse plays and met over six months to determine the Disruptors season.

Rochdale a new play by David Yee under the direction of Nina Lee Aquino, featuring the fourth year acting ensemble.

Middletown by Will Eno, featuring the acting students in the MFA program and directed by the esteemed Jackie Maxwell.

Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, directed by MFA candidate Lindsey Bell, and
The Balcony by Jean Genet, directed by MFA candidate Margaret Legere. The two shows will be performed in repertory and feature the MFA and fourth-year actors.

For more details about these plays and the rest of our compelling 2018-19 Season, see our full Season Announcement.

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Spotlight on Alumni: Kevin Woolridge

Kevin Woolridge (MFA Directing/Creation 2017) has kept quite busy since graduating. Some highlights include: Assistant Director for the NAC touring production of Tartuffe, Associate Artistic Director for the Isle aux Morts Theatre Festival, NL provincial tour of his one man show, All The Birds in Their Bird Houses, and Props Master for Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, and Dead Man Walking. Currently, he is assisting Jillian Keiley on …float…, a choral and art experience designed by York’s own Shawn Kerwin. After that, he is performing in Robert Chafe’s Between Breaths with Artistic Fraud and continuing the development of a portable micro theatre space to be launched in August of 2018 through his own company, Temporary Theatre Company.

We caught up with the busy Newfoundland artist to talk about what attracted him to York’s MFA program in the first place, what he liked best about studying at York, and the thing that he’s taken away from his training that has been the most impactful.

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50 Years of Disruption: Bessie Cheng

In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Dept. of Theatre at York

We’re pointing our spotlight this year on 50 significant alumni from the past 50 years, in celebration of our big anniversary. Each week, we’ll ask an alum 4 questions about them and their experience at York. This week, we’re featuring 2016 Alumna Bessie Cheng (Theatre Studies, with specializations in Devised Theatre and Playwriting), whose play Silk Bath, played the Fringe and NextStage festivals.

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In the Wardrobe Shop for Shakespeare in High Park