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Disruptors

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 Lindsey 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.

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Spotlight on Faculty: Eric Armstrong

Voice teacher Eric Armstrong, who teaches in the BFA and MFA Acting programs, joins us to share what he does as a Dialect Designer. He also fills us in on his ongoing project, Best Practices in Accent Training for Indigenous Actors, that he’s doing in collaboration with Shannon Vickers of the University of Winnipeg. Also, we get to hear about two sources of inspiration: an organization for voice trainers like Eric, and a quote that motivates him to never be satisfied with yesterday’s solutions.

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50 Years of Disruption: Molly Thomas

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, in celebration of our big anniversary. Each week, we’ll ask an alum 4 questions about themselves and their experience York. This week we’re joined by Molly Thomas, who graduated from York 2 years ago, having specialized in Devised Theatre and Playwriting/New Play Dramaturgy. She tells us about the impact of her work at York, and how it helps her in day-to-day work as an historical interpreter in Alberta.

Read more about Molly’s experiences at York, and the people who had a significant impact on her.

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In the Wardrobe Shop for Shakespeare in High Park