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.