Extraordinary Lives: Difference and Ability
The Theme of the Department of Theatre's 2016-17 Season
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.