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.
Steve Ross is a lighting designer and a part-time faculty member at York University’s Dept of Theatre, teaching in the Production/Design area. Steve has been teaching regularly at York since 2011, and has been a lighting designer for 42 years!Some of Stevel’s highlights include working as the American lighting supervisor for the Bolshoi Opera when they came to the Metropolitan Opera House and Kennedy Centre in the mid 70’s, assisting and lighting on Broadway, and lighting over 45 production for the Canadian Opera Company.
Read about Steve’s way of giving back to the lighting designers of tomorrow 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 Chris Dupuis (BFA Directing and Playwriting 2000), who works as a curator, presenting film screenings and exhibitions, while maintaining a busy career as an arts journalist and pursuing graduate studies in Brussels, Belgium.
Read more about Chris’ time at York, and how he learned that, in collaborative processes, “to have a functional relationship with the other people in the room is key. Having a sensitivity to your own mood swings, triggers, and biases (as well as those of the people you’re working with) is critical in being able to navigate those spaces successfully.”