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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 Faculty: Erika Batdorf

Professor Erika Batdorf is featured in this month’s Spotlight on Faculty. Batdorf is an international artist that makes new performance work with people about “intense and sometimes funny things;” She makes music in Germany; she works with dancers as a dramaturg/co-creator; she devises/directs performance work, she works with visual artists and “new media/biosensor/digital art scientists;” and she performs character driven solo performance pieces. She also created a technique, The Batdorf Technique (TBT), that helps performers use sensation for authentic emotional presence, that she teaches as part of her work at York, and independently at her studio.

Check out our profile of Erika: the people who inspire her, what she’s working on these days, and the ducks that spark her imagination. Yes, ducks.


50 Years of Disruption: Elissa Horscroft

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 Elissa Horscroft (Production 1988-1990, 1996-1999), who has been the Technical Director at the Avon Theatre at the Stratford Festival for the past eleven years. She began her work at the Festival in 2003, where she started in the small Studio Theatre and has subsequently worked in all four theatres.

Read more about Elissa’s experiences at York, how she “took hold of the reins,” how she transitioned from Acting to Theatre Production, and how a conversation with a prof changed her life.



In the Wardrobe Shop for Shakespeare in High Park