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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.


Spotlight on Alumni: Sadie Epstein-Fine

Sadie Epstein-Fine (Devised Theatre/Playwriting 2016) began her theatre career by Co-Directing Eraser at the Toronto Fringe with other York grads. Because of this show, Sadie became an associate artist with Theatre Direct, and is now developing Eraser for school audiences. She went on to work as the Education Coordinator at Theatre Direct, and is now working as the intern artistic director at Nightwood Theatre Company. Sadie has been lucky to work with companies such as Canadian Stage, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and Theatre Panik, and with directors such as Kelly Thornton, Alistair Newton, Paul Lampert and Judith Thompson. Sadie is also the co-editor of Spawning Generations: Rants and Reflections on Growing Up with LGBTQ+ Parents published by Demeter Press in May of 2018.


50 Years of Disruption: Jillian Keiley

In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Dept. of Theatre at York

We’re pointing our spotlight this year on 50 significant alumni from the past 50 years, in celebration of our big anniversary. Each week, we’ll ask an alum 4 questions about them and their experience at York. This week, we’re featuring Alumnus Jillian Keiley. Both the Founder of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, and the Artistic Director of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre, Jillian describes herself as lucky… and exhausted. She’s “a mom and an artistic director, a wife and friend, sister and daughter, a director and sometimes a producer and sometimes a writer.”

Read more about Jillian’s experience at York in the early 90s, where she learned that “the world, in fact, didn’t revolve around Shakespeare or Ibsen or Moliere.  That there was more to see and more to learn than we could ever learn.  It was thrilling.”



In the Wardrobe Shop for Shakespeare in High Park