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Andrew Markowiak, Jack of All Trades

Andrew Markowiak

Andrew Markowiak has been busy since he graduated from York in 2014. Working mostly in TV and film as an actor, he’s done music videos, short films and episodic television. But that’s certainly not all: he’s also had opportunities as writer, director, producer, publicist, consultant, box office supervisor, telesales representative, dramaturg, assistant director, etc.! Andrew is this week’s Spotlight, focusing on Alumni.

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Performing Indigeneity

Winter Home

Performing Indigeneity Ability 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.

Spotlight on Alumni: Katharine Noyes

Katharine Noyes

Katharine Noyes (BA Devised Theatre 2014) worked as a teaching assistant and teacher for Young People’s Theatre shortly after graduating from our program. Last February, she was accepted into the Artist in Community program at Queens University’s Bachelor of Education program, and started her Consecutive Education program there in May 2015. We caught up with her to hear about her experience while a student in the Devised Theatre Program at York.

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Spotlight

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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Showcase

A curated selection of images of student work.