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Spotlight on Alumni: Emily Coutts

Emily Coutts

Emily Coutts (BFA Acting 2011) is most recently a graduate of the Acting Conservatory at The Canadian Film Center (2016). Her most recent film and television credits include Murdoch Mysteries, 3-Way (Not Calling) (TIFF 2016), Come Back (CFF 2017), Dark Matter, Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Steven Soderberg’s The Girlfriend Experience and Hallmark’s The Best Christmas Party Ever. Coutts is also a filmmaker: she co-produced and starred in the indie feature Barn Wedding (Canadian Film Fest & Dances With Films Festival) and is currently co-creating a comedy series called Beattie and Mae. Emily joins us to talk about her experience at York, and shares some tips for students new to York, and for those heading out into the business.


Extraordinary Lives: Difference and Ability

The Theme of the Department of Theatre's 2016-17 Season

Photo by Jeremy Mimnaugh.

Extraordinary Lives: Difference and Ability is the Department of Theatre’s thematic focus for the 2016-17 academic year. From public events like Theatre @ York’s mainstage season, to the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series hosted by the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies, to curriculum and classroom dialogue, the department is exploring questions around disability and performance. Inspired by conversations at the local and national level, we are working closely with members of the disability arts community to challenge traditionally ableist modes of making theatre and to “crip” our studios, classrooms and stages.

An external advisory panel of prominent Deaf, Mad and crip artists are serving as facilitators for the season. With their help, we aim to support ongoing efforts to make post-secondary theatre training in Canada more accessible to students of all abilities, and the experience of theatre more open and inclusive to audiences.

This season, Theatre @ York presents Thomas Bernhard’s A Party for Boris, directed by MFA Directing candidate Matthew Earnest, August Strindberg’s A Dream Play directed by MFA Directing candidate David Di Giovanni, and The Three Sisters, directed by MFA Directing candidate Tanja Jacobs. We will offer “Relaxed Performance” options and signed performances.

Spotlight on Alumni: Nadine Bhabha

Nadine Bhabha

Nadine Bhabha(BFA Acting 2016) most recently had the title role working with Canada’s oldest Black theatre company, Black Theatre Workshop. The show was called Bluenose and it toured throughout Montreal to schools for Black History Month. Since graduating, she has booked various small roles in commercials and TV movies, has workshopped a new play with Steppin’ Out Theatrical Productions entitled Through the Glass, and is working with Shakespeare in Action, teaching young children the joys of working with the “Bard”. We talked with Nadine about her time at York, plus her experiences since graduating.



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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