Who’s Who in the Department of Theatre

Chair – Professor Elizabeth Asselstine

Serves as official spokesperson for the Department and represents us in all dealings with the Dean, the Faculty of Fine Arts, the University and the wider community.  She is responsible for coordinating the various activities of the Department, the Department’s financial operation and the overall academic program.  As Chair of the Department, she is also the Executive Producer of Theatre @ York.

Department Executive

comprises the Chair, the Directors of the Graduate Programs, the Area Coordinators and the Producer.

Graduate Program Directors:

Professor Michael Greyeyes – MFA
Professor Laura Levin – MA/PhD Theatre Studies

The Graduate Program Directors are responsible for the course of study at the graduate level and work with the Chair to integrate the levels of the Department, including the assignment of graduate students as teaching assistants.

Area Coordinators 

are responsible for the activities and academic component in each area, and chair the frequent area meetings.  Problems that cannot be solved through discussion with your Course Director, or that affect activities in your area, should be brought to their attention.  This year’s Area Coordinators are: 


Professor Ines Buchli oversees the Theatre @ York production process; managing and coordinating information in association with all three areas.  She is also responsible for season planning with Play Selection Committee & Promotion of the plays to audiences and industry.

Education Committee

is composed of faculty members who meet regularly to review the academic content of courses, to approve independent study proposals, discuss departmental nominations for student awards, and review student petitions in academic matters.

Course Directors

Every course has a director.  Most courses have only one, the teacher in the classroom.  Some larger courses are divided into sections or tutorials and may have other teachers or leaders, so refer to the course outline for each course; the Course Director should be listed.  If you have questions or difficulties about the course, start your inquiries with the Course Director.  If you are not satisfied with the answers you get, consult the appropriate Area Coordinator or your advisor.