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Remembering Joe Green

In Memorium

Joe Green

Professor Emeritus Joe Green, a charter member of the Faculty of Fine Arts (now AMPD) and the founding Chair of York University’s Department of Theatre, passed away on Feb. 3, 2017.

Professor Green joined York in 1968 and the following year directed Theatre @ York’s first production: a double bill of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams. In the course of his distinguished academic career, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (1973-1980) and director of the Graduate Program in Arts and Media Administration (1982-1994). In recognition of his outstanding contributions as a teacher, administrator, cultural consultant and advocate, he was named University Professor in 1993. The Joseph. G. Green Studio Theatre in the Centre for Film and Theatre is named in his honour.

Alongside his academic career, Joe Green was an acclaimed director and producer for the stage and screen. With Gemstone Productions, he produced the Canadian tour and Toronto run of The Dining Room, a revival of The Sunshine Boys, and Sullivan and Gilbert, a co-production with the National Arts Centre, Ottawa and the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. He served as executive producer for the award-winning television mini-series, Glory Enough For All, seen on CBC, Thames Television/UK and Masterpiece Theatre/PBS. As a principal of Fundamentally Film Inc. he co-produced Syncopation for Mirvish Productions at Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre in 2002.

Through his formidable professional achievements and the generous heart and spirit he brought to everything he did and everyone he encountered, Joe Green has left an indelible mark on our program, our School, and the Canadian arts scene. For more information, including links to media and an online memorial book, go to the YFile story.

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.

Behind the Scenes: Interview with PlayGround ADs

We talk with Kat Francis and Mackenzie Taylor

Kat Francis and Mackenzie Taylor were the Artistic Directors for the 25th Annual PlayGround Festival, which took place February 7–10 in the Joe Green Theatre. We go behind the scenes with Kat and Mackenzie and asked them some questions about the shows, their process as ADs, and what makes PlayGround so special within the Theatre @ York Season.



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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