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.
Gavin McDonald is one of our new full-time faculty members, an Assistant Professor in Lighting and Media Design in the Department of Theatre! He has been a Lighting Designer and Production Manager for theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, events, and opera across the country, as well as the United States and the UK, for over 20 years. His career has been an unusual adventure of bouncing back and forth between creative or logistics-based projects, sometimes multiple times in the same day. Read about Gavin’s design practice and how three different mentors each brought something special to his development as an artist, in this month’s Spotlight on Faculty.
In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Dept. of Theatre at York
For the 50th Anniversary of the Department of Theatre at York University, each week we celebrated by asking 4 Questions of a range of alumni, across all our disciplines. We now have 54 (we can’t count!) accounts from our alumni, who together tell the story of our department, its history, the people within it, and the impact it’s had on our students over the past 50 years.
Highlights include Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre English Theatre and Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland Jillian Keiley; the clown duo of Morro and Jasp, Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee; Arts consultant and Founding Artistic Director of the du Maurier World Stage, Lilie Zendel; the multi-talented Luke Reece, who is a producer, playwright, poet and educator; innovative Broadway, Vegas, West End and Canadian theatre director Jim Millan; award-winning playwright Dave Deveau; theatre, film, tv and voice actor Sean Baek; award-winning set and costume designer Gillian Gallow; founder of the Blyth Festival, James Roy; shoe craftsman for theatre, film, tv and circus, Jeff Churchill; and performance artist Shawna Dempsey.
Of course, we think ALL our Disruptors are worthy of a revisit; we hope you’ll explore the depth of material we’ve gathered to help tell the story of our last 50 years, as we look forward to the next 50!