June 11, 2021

A Theatre@York Year In Review: 2020/21

How do you teach and produce theatre in a pandemic?  The York University Department of Theatre explored various models this year as we worked remotely, collaboratively, and eventually, in person.

The Antigone Play
“The Antigone Play” by Tabia Lau, directed by David Jansen and produced digitally to stream. Clockwise from top-left: Jiafan “Felix Hao, Mya Hastings, and Tamara Mobarak

We realised many of our productions virtually, adapting plays or commissioning new plays, which we produced in either a live or pre-recorded digital streaming environment. New tools brought new growing pains and new opportunities. Technicians, actors, directors, designers, dramaturgs, managers, and Faculty(!), developed new digital and technical skills to carry them through these unexpected adventures. We couldn’t be prouder of what came of it!  Even when we returned to our shops and spaces in the Winter to realise some of these designs in person, we found that it was the stories that we told and built together that got us through.

Like everyone in the world, we adapted as we built the new virtual world we were living in, and even in a time of crisis, discovered innovative and dynamic ways of sharing a very human and personal act: telling a story.

We hope you enjoy browsing our short glimpse into Theatre@York’s Year in Review for 2020/21 and a peek at what’s to come in 2021/22.