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
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 Elizabeth Bradley (BFA Theatre 1976) who is an Arts Professor and former Chair of the Department of Drama at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she has worked for the past decade. Previously, she served as Head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. Before leaving Canada she was CEO of the Hummingbird Centre (now Sony Centre, part of Civic Theatres Toronto). A Broadway League certified theater critic, Bradley reviews Broadway alongside former New York Times critic Charles Isherwood for a new online site for original journalism about the theatre called Broadway.News.
Read more about Elizabeth’s time at York, and how a comment from her acting teacher, that she had great potential as a producer, set her on a path different from what she had originally imagined for herself.