The Theme of the Department of Theatre's 2018-19 Season
Disruptors innovate. Disruptors interrupt. Disruptors infiltrate. This season, Theatre@York presents plays that focus on the impact and influence of people who are agents of change. Sometimes unconventional, always challenging, these are characters who will never leave well enough alone. The Reading Group, made up of fifteen students from acting, production/design and performance creation & research as well as three faculty members, read many diverse plays and met over six months to determine the Disruptors season.
Rochdale a new play by David Yee under the direction of Nina Lee Aquino, featuring the fourth year acting ensemble.
Middletown by Will Eno, featuring the acting students in the MFA program and directed by the esteemed Jackie Maxwell.
Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, directed by MFA candidate Lindsay Bell, and The Balcony by Jean Genet, directed by MFA candidate Margaret Legere. The two shows will be performed in repertory and feature the MFA and fourth-year actors.
For more details about these plays and the rest of our compelling 2018-19 Season, see our full Season Announcement.
Professor Shawn Kerwin is a set and costume designer and a professor at York University. Her formal training formal training was in London, England at the Sadler’s Wells Design Course (later called the Motely School); after returning to Canada to design plays for a number of years, she continued her training by spending 13 months working in the design office of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Her design work has taken her from one end of Canada to the other, plus she’s worked in the US. This past year, Shawn was on sabbatical from her teaching, and chose to use the year to work on a number of projects, including two impressive works created with Alumna Jillian Keiley in Newfoundland, Float and Between Breaths.
Shawn also enrolled as a full-time student at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), a program that focuses on collaborative design practice with the objectives of social, ecological and economic innovation, fostering collaboration between disciplines to create innovative local solutions to 21st century global challenges.
Read about Shawn’s busy year away from the classroom in this month’s Spotlight on Faculty.
In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Dept. of Theatre at York
We’re pointing our spotlight this year on 50 significant people from the past 50 years. Each week, we’ll ask an alum 4 questions about themselves and their experience at York. This week we’re joined by Andy Cheng (MFA Theatre: Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy, 2009), who is a Toronto-based dramaturg, actor, writer, and comedian. He was nominated for the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for the CBC comedy special Gavin Crawford’s Wild West (2013). He currently serves as Associate Dramaturg for fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company.
Read more about Andy’s experiences at York, and how he learned that focusing on your own growth is the only way to improve your skills and to maintain your emotional health. He encourages students to “Embrace York’s interdisciplinary opportunities, let go of labels that define you. The future will be friendlier.”