The Department of Theatre stages many events through the year. The core of these are what we call Theatre @ York. Each season we put together a series of plays, both mounted and unmounted, that are performed in our theatres and studios by our students under the supervision of our faculty and guest directors. We also stage pieced created by students in our Devised Theatre series of courses, that are devised, conceived, written, directed, designed and performed as part of their classwork. And, of course, our annual playGround Festival gives our students the opportunity to bring their own work to the Joseph G. Green Theatre.
Our Mainstage performances include plays from the Canadian and International repertoire, directed by guest directors, faculty directors or by our MFA students in Directing. The plays are chosen to showcast the talents of our fourth year BFA actors and our second year MFA actors, wearing costumes, using props and working on stages designed and lit by our fourth year BFA designers. Shows are put on in the black box space of the Joseph G. Green Theatre, or on the proscenium stage of the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre.
The third year BFA actors and the first year MFA actors work on a series of three "unmounted" plays that are put on in studio 139 in the Centre for Film and Theatre each year. These shows are directed by the MFA Directing students, and run for 5 performances in late October, early February and late March.
Students in the Playwriting and Developmental Dramaturgy series of courses do site specific pieces in The Ashley Projects, and develop pieces based on Toronto theatre personalities that are performed as Telling Tales Out of School. On top of this, there are numerous Events that are put on each semester by the various areas of the dept.
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