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Performing Indigeneity

Winter Home

Performing Indigeneity 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.

York theatre faculty honoured with CITT Awards

Syliva Defendin Studio

Two members of the Department of Theatre were honoured at the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology’s annual awards banquet as recipients of 2015 CITT Awards. Costumer Sylvia Defend, lecturer and head of wardrobe in the Department of Theatre, won CITT’s Education Achievement Award for her longstanding contributions as an educator engaged in teaching a technical discipline, preparing students for work in Canada’s live performance industry. Professor Emeritus Phillip Silver received the Ron Epp Memorial Award for Professional Achievement in recognition of his stellar achievements over a 50+ year career as set, costume and lighting designer for more than 300 signature productions for major theatre and opera stages across the country.

2015 CITT Awards

"Peeping" at Toronto Nuit Blanche

PEEP PR image

Theatre Prof Paul Lampert and course director Niki Landau‘s  Theatre PANIK Art Project present PEEP, a live photography and performance-art drag show, at 2015 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Toronto. Inspired by the original peep shows, when people gathered around “wonder boxes” to peer at lit-up images (both popular and forbidden), PEEP feastures recreations of 10 iconic photographs projected onto the facade of the Tiger of Sweden clothing store at 56 Ossington Ave. From sunset on October 3 to sunrise October 4, voyeurs can peep into the front windows of the shop and witness some of Toronto’s top drag and burlesque artists in various stages of preparing to perform the famous photos.


Cloud 9 - Trailer Graphic sexuality, obscene language and a purposeful disregard for western theatrical conventions mark Theatre @ York’s provocative new production of British playwright Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, directed by Nigel Shawn Williams.


A curated selection of images of student work.