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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 Alumni: Elyssia Sasaki

Elyssia Sasaki (BA Special Honours, Devised Theatre, 2013) has split the last 5 years of her life between Toronto, Atlantic Canada, Australia and as of a year and a half ago, north of the 60th parallel in the Yukon. After graduating from York, she helped produce the second iteration of KATA (Theatre Parallax) which went to Cardiff, Wales for the World Stage Design Festival (Sept 2013), devised a show, Idle Lessons (Raw Matter), with 6 of her creative soulmates from her graduating year (May 2015), hopped on a bicycle with The Otesha Project to promote sustainability and social justice to youth (Fall, 2015), and now works as the Programming Coordinator and Production Assistant for the Yukon Arts Centre.

We spoke to Elyssia about why she chose to come to study theatre at York in the first place, the impact of relationships she made at York on her work beyond the university, and she shared some tips for those about to graduate. Check it out!


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.



In the Wardrobe Shop for Shakespeare in High Park