Spotlight on Alumni

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Little Black Afro gives Voice to Youth and Gives Back to Community.

Little Black Afro Theatre (LBA), the innovative new Toronto-based Theatre Company made up of York Alumni are committed to giving voice to young, emerging theatre artists while giving back to the community,

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Spotlight on Alumni: Amanda Wong

Amanda Wong completed her studies in production and design at York University. While a student, Amanda gained experience working with theatre companies such as Soulpepper Theatre, The Canadian Stage, and

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Spotlight on Alumni: Aris Athanasopoulos

This month, actor Aris Athanasopoulos (BFA 2007) will be playing Spinoza in New Jerusalem by David Ives at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. In this spotlight, Aris shares stories of his career so far... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Coyote Collective

Alumni (BA/BFA 2012) Susannah Mackay, Eric Welch, Blue Bigwood-Mallin and Max Tepper formed the Coyote Collective in 2012, after graduating from the Creative Ensemble and, for Tepper, the Acting Program.... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Claire Armstrong

Claire Armstrong graduated from the Devised Theatre program eight years ago, and has been working successfully as an actor and producer. Her recent project, After Miss Julie played to rave reviews from critics... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Bryan Demore

Actor, Director, Producer Bryan Demore (BFA 2009) is back in Toronto working on Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs this month. He talks with us out his experiences since leaving York, and about how to hustle in order to... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Owais Lightwala

Owais Lightwala (BFA Theatre 2012) is Artistic Producer at Why Not Theatre, and has also worked as a technician, lighting designer, graphic designer, and sometimes as a Dora-nominated actor. He's done a lot... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jillian Niedoba

Actor Jillian Niedoba (BFA Acting 2006) looks back to her time at York, and how the culture here set her up for the working world of the professional actor's life. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Matt Marshall

Creative Director Matt Marshall (BA Theatre 2010) works in Digital Media and game design. He fills us in on what he's been up to since graduating, and shares with us his insights on the York Theatre student... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jack Grinhaus

Jack Grinhaus (BA Hons Theatre – 1994-96,2005-06 / MFA Acting – 2007-09) took a long time to complete his first degree at York, and then returned and completed his MFA 15 years later. He's now Artistic... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Nina Arsenault

Performer, playwright and 2012 Bryden Award Winner ("Redefine the Possible") Nina Arsenault speaks candidly about her experience at York, pre- and post- her gender transition, and some of the people from York... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Mel Hague

Dramaturge Mel Hague (BA Theatre 2009, MFA Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy 2011) works with established and emerging playwrights for companies such as Obsidian, fu-Gen, and The Shaw Festival. She shares... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Albert Tam

Albert Tam (BFA Production 2011) has worked behind the scenes at the Banff Centre, and as part of the York staff, coordinating the Fine Arts Summer Intensive. Now studying for an MBA, Albert hopes to work in... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Litmus Theatre

Claire Wynveen, Matt Walker and Adriano Sobretodo Jr. (MFA Acting 2009) joined forced to create Litmus Theatre, their company shortly after graduating, and produced the sold-out run, site-specific show... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Sue Edworthy

Sue Edworthy (BFA 1995) has worked in the non-profit performing arts for over a decade and a half and is a self-described city enthusiast. Her passion for the performing arts has led her to stints as a... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Anusree Roy

Award-winning actor/playwright Anusree Roy (BA Theatre 2006) has strong, forceful advice for those about to graduate from York: WORK WORK WORK, and APPLY TO EVERYTHING! She takes a break from her busy writing... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Andy Cheng

Andy Cheng (MFA Dramaturgy 2009) works as a dramaturg, playwright, actor and stand-up comic. We chased him down to get his take on life at York, and life beyond it. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Elizabeth Bradley

Elizabeth Bradley (BFA 1976) is the former Chair of Drama (and is now an Arts Professor) at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in New York. In this spotlight, she shares what she's been up to... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Sarah Jurgens

Sarah Jurgens (BFA Acting 2009) has done mostly TV and film work since graduating. Her production company, with classmate Sasha Singer-Wilson, the blood projects, produced Singer-Wilson's first play at the... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Cherissa Richards

Cherissa Richards (MFA Acting 2009) has been busy working around the country, including a two year stint at the Shaw Festival, since she completed her 2 year degree at York. She urges students entering the... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Dave Deveau

Playwright, Dramaturg, Playwriting Teacher and Producer Dave Deveau (BA Creative Ensemble/Playwriting 2005) catches up with us to tell us about his company, ZeeZee Theatre, and his busy theatrical life in... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Tanya Palmer

Tanya Palmer (MFA Playwriting 2000) is the Director of New Play Development at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. She talks with us about her journey to the Goodman, and her experience as a grad student at York. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jeff Giles

Actor Jeff Giles (BFA Acting 2006) talks about his experience as a performer in musical theatre—having starred in 7 productions of Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story all over Canada—and shares some intimate... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Natasha Ladouceur

Natasha Ladouceur (BFA 2008 Acting) hasn't been acting since she graduated—she works as a Criminal Court Registrar at the Superior Court of Justice in downtown Toronto. But she says that her acting training... More

Spotlight on Alumni: Shaina Silver-Baird

Shaina Silver-Baird (BFA Acting 2011) has been busy in the past two years since graduating, performing in Festivals, for Shakespeare in Action, and in three bands, too! She shares with us her experiences so... More

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Theatre Parallax takes “KATA” to Cardiff

A group of York Theatre alumni and students are taking KATA, the show they originally created for their third-year devised theatre class, to Wales for the World Stage Design Festival 2013. Elyssia Sasaki... More

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Playwriting Alumni Gather to Read Their Work

Playwrights from the 2011-2012 THEA 4290 Playwriting and Developmental Dramaturgy class have been having ongoing meetings to read their developing playwriting work. They continue to meet under the name "5290"... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Kristen Hager

Kristen Hager (BFA 2005), has been acting in Canada and the US for the past eight years working with such A listers as Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in Wanted, or playing a werewolf on Being Human on SPACE.... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Stephanie Jung

Stephanie Jung (BFA 2007) talks about her experience as an actor since graduating from the York program, with highlights such as Chi Chi the Panda in Teletoon's Life's a Zoo, to Necessary Angel/Luminato's Tout... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Rong Fu

Rong Fu (BFA 2012) has only been out in the "biz" for a year, but it's been a busy year for her, with work at Soulpepper, in TV, and as a playwright-in-residence. Rong shares what she's learned since... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Beryl Bain

Beryl Bain (BFA 2005) has worked in film and theatre as an actor, including 3 seasons at the Shaw Festival, prominent roles in the Canadian premiere of Mamet's Race and in last year's Awake. Beryl shares her... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Joanna Yu

Designer Joanna Yu (BFA Design 2007) writes to share what she's up these days, and to reminisce about her days at York. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Amy Lee and Heather Annis, Morro & Jasp

Theatrical Clowns Morro and Jasp, aka BFA 2005 Heather Annis and Amy Lee, have been developing and performing hit shows since they graduated from York. They share with us some of what they've learned along... More

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Spolight on Alumni: Wendy Ryder

Wendy Ryder (BFA2008) is a Technical Director who has worked at a number of venues since graduating. She talks with us about her choices and the opportunities she has had since then. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jason Hand

Lighting Designer Jason Hand (BFA2005) is a very busy man! He squeezes in some time to chat with us about how he juggles it all, how he got where he is, and his advice to graduating students. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jeff Churchill

Theatrical Shoemaker Jeff Churchill (BFA 2005) makes footwear for Theatre, Film, TV and Circus shows all over the world through his company Jitterbug Boy. Jeff tells us how he got into this line of work, and... More

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Spolight on Alumni: Emily Grindrod

Emily Grindrod (BFA 2010 — Theatre Production) focused on the management side of theatre. In her first two years, she worked on 6 of shows for Shakespeare in Action and with other companies such as Hart... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: John Fleming

John Fleming (BFA 2009—Acting) has been working as a dialect coach and in voice over since he graduated. He shares his story on where he's at, and how he got there. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Zoie Palmer

Actor Zoie Palmer (BFA 2001) takes some time from her very busy shooting schedule on shows like Lost Girl to update on her career and to reminisce about her time at York, a time she remembers fondly. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Sarah Thorpe

Sarah Thorpe (BA 2007—Creative Ensemble) works as an actor and is the Artistic Director of Soup Can Theatre. She talks about what she learned at York and how she's using that knowledge and those skills in... More

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Spolight on Alumni: Dan Daley

Producer Dan Daley (BA 2009—Creative Ensemble) tells us about how he got into the producing game, and offers some helpful tips for students and those about to graduate. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Anthony Black

Anthony Black (BFA 2001) is a theatre artist who works as a writer, director, actor, designer, and as artistic co-director (with Christian Barry) of internationally acclaimed 2b theatre company (Halifax,... More

Spotlight on Alumni: Alistair Hepburn

Alistair Hepburn (BFA 1994) is a Production Manager working freelance in Toronto. We catch up with him for his perspective on working in Theatre, and what he got from his time at York. More

Spotlight on Alumni: Weyni Mengesha

Director Weyni Mengesha (BFA 2005) has had a lot of success since graduating. She talks about how an independent study she did in her third year at York blossomed into many wonderful opportunities once working... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Michelle Jamieson

Michelle Jamieson (BFA 2005—Theatre Production and Creative Ensemble) has worked as a Propmaker for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for the past 7 seasons. Now she's embarking on a project to teach... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Joanna Barrotta

Joanna Barrotta (BFA 2004—Theatre Production) is a stage manager in both theatre and opera, and has been building her career since even before she graduated. Her very first paid “Assistant Stage... More

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Actor Katelyn McCulloch (BFA 2011) shares her tips on getting the best out of your York experience, and updates us on her high-flying adventures since she graduated. More

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Alum Kate Fenton discusses her show “Mister Baxter”

Playwright Kate Fenton (MFA 2005) discusses her show "Mister Baxter," which plays September 20 - 29 at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace as part of their Bring the Buzz Festival. More

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Kaleb Alexander

Actor Kaleb Alexander (BFA 2010) shares some intimate details about his first two years out in the profession: he's been busy doing mostly classical theatre, and has had to find balance in his life. More

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Grace Lynn Kung

Actor Grace Lynn Kung (BFA '02) has an exciting career in television, theatre and film, including her Gemini-nominated role as JoJo Kwan in the CBC Television series InSecurity. More

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Bronwyn Caudle

After a busy first year out of the BFA Acting program, Bronwyn Caudle (BFA 2010) has some simple advice for current students: "Breathe. LOL." More