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Andrew Markowiak, Jack of All Trades

Andrew Markowiak

Andrew Markowiak has been busy since he graduated from York in 2014. Working mostly in TV and film as an actor, he’s done music videos, short films and episodic television. But that’s certainly not all: he’s also had opportunities as writer, director, producer, publicist, consultant, box office supervisor, telesales representative, dramaturg, assistant director, etc.! Andrew is this week’s Spotlight, focusing on Alumni.

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Performing Indigeneity

Winter Home

Performing Indigeneity Ability 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.

Alum Mishka Thébaud's work in Film and TV

Mishka Thébaud

Mishka Thébaud graduated from York University in 2013 with a BFA in Acting. Along with his classmates in the graduating class of the acting conservatory, he took part in the Theatre Ontario Showcase, which helped Mishka to get an agent right out of school. He landed his first TV audition for a principle role on a show called Played. Since then Mishka has mostly been working in television, featured in shows such as Schitt’s Creek, Saving Hope, Republic of Doyle, Defiance, and Murdoch Mysteries. He has also had a recurring role in Season 2 and 3 of Bitten. Mishka recently performed in his first film, Crossfire, as a supporting actor and the movie is set to air this year. You may catch him back on stage this April in YPT’s Scarberia (Young People’s Theatre).

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Fiorella Pennano in Lima, Peru

Fiorella Pennano

After completing her degree at York, Fiorella Pennano (BFA Acting 2013) returned to her native Peru to begin working in Theatre, Film and TV, where she’s had quite a bit of success! With roles in successful stage plays such as her 2015 LUCES award nominated performance in Stop Kiss and her continuing role on the TV series Ven Baila Quinceañera, Ms. Pennano is taking the city by storm! Read about Fi’s experience at York, in this Spotlight on Alumni.

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Spotlight

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.

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A curated selection of images of student work.