What does it mean to “play” a woman or a man onstage?
Theatre @ York is delighted to announce its 2019-20 season, built around the theme of performing gender. This year we will present Ann Marie MacDonald’s Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), directed by Jennifer Tarver, and Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex, directed by Ted Witzel, as well as a series of other studio shows and student-led productions, including The Ashley Plays, playGround, the Devised Theatre Festival, and Scenes by Design.
Aaron Kelly (BFA, Theatre Technical Production & Design, 2000; MFA, Theatre, 2019) is our most recent addition to the full-time faculty complement in the Production and Design area of the Department of Theatre. With 25 years of experience working as a lighting designer, theatre manager, production manager, stage manager, and teacher, Aaron has worked in North America, the South Pacific, and France. In this profile, Aaron tells us about his most recent work on Travels with My Family—a project he developed as part of his recently completed MFA—and what inspires him as an artist and theatre maker.
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.