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Worlds of Exile

The Theme of the Department of Theatre's 2017-18 Season

Exile, refugee, asylum-seeker, nomad, migrant, immigrant… these terms that share a sense of displacement and a feeling of Otherness. While some of these terms can be defined in legal and political terms, others speak to a rift that generates a social and psychological condition. Our season this year reflects aspects of the varied experience of persons who, either by choice or as a result of imposition, are living outside their home of origin, are Othered by virtue of colonial exile practises, or who have returned home only to find it unrecognizable, or who, as the children or grandchildren of exiles are living in two worlds. These are plays of longing and belonging, isolation and empowerment.

Citizen 150: Post National
Devised by the 4th year Acting students
Dramaturged/written by Debbie Pierson
Directed by Ross Manson (Volcano Theatre)
with choreography by Kate Alton

Deportation Cast
by Bjorn Bicker
translated by Birgit Schreyer Duarte
Directed by Keira Loughran

Dido, Queen of Carthage
by Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Peter Hinton

Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave
by David Yee

If We Were Birds
by Erin Shields


  • The Ashley Plays
  • Telling Tales out of School
  • playGround
  • The 2018 Devised Theatre Festival
  • Scenes by Design

Spotlight on Alumni: Amrit Kaur

Amrit Kaur is an actor and writer; since graduating York University with a BFA in Acting (2015), she continues to study her craft with coaches Michele Lonsdale-Smith and Stephen Park at the Lonsdale Smith Studio in Toronto. She loves making and watching art at the L.S. Studio, enjoys reading plays, volunteering with the South Asian Women’s Centre, playing the piano, practicing poi performance art, and is writing her first play, Hummingbird, under the guidance of Marjorie Chan and Cahoots Theatre’s TCR Hothouse Program.


Spotlight on Faculty: Teresa Przybylski and Shawn Kerwin

a Theatre @ York podcast

Faculty members Teresa Przybylski and Shawn Kerwin met with Eric Armstrong to record an audio interview about their design work for The Stratford Festival’s 2017 season. Kerwin is designing Euripides The Bakkhai, directed by York aluma Jillian Keiley, while Przybylski is designing The Madwoman of Chaillot, by French playwright Jean Giraudoux, directed by Donna Feore.



York alumni David Hein and Irene Sankoff The creators of the smash hit musical "Come From Away" tell how their studies at York helped set them on the path to professional success.