Foster Freed is a Minister with the United Church of Canada. Though he left the world of theatre many years ago, he says that “the extent to which my four years at York continues to shape the work I do—in ways expected and in ways surprising—as a preacher, as a designer-of and presider-at weekly worship, as a small-group facilitator and as a pastoral-care provider” cannot be denied.
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4 Questions: Dave Deveau
Dave Deveau (BFA Creative Ensemble/Playwriting, 2005) is an award-winning Vancouver-based playwright. His plays have been produced across North America and in Europe, with a primary focus on intelligent work for young people. His plays for young audiences have toured extensively over the past seven years through Green Thumb Theatre, Roseneath Theatre, Young People’s Theatre, To Be Determined Theatre and nephesh theatre (Israel).
Spotlight on Faculty: David Rayfield
David Rayfield is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice combines theatre production, performance, installation and visual art. He has taught Scenic Painting in the 1110 labs and more recently, he’s taught Drawing for the Theatre.
4 Questions: Chris Dupuis
Chris Dupuis (BFA Directing and Playwriting 2000) works as a curator, presenting film screenings and exhibitions, while maintaining a busy career as an arts journalist and pursuing graduate studies in Brussels, Belgium.
4 Questions: Cameron Crookston
Cameron Crookston is in his final year of PhD studies at University of Toronto. His research examines drag, LGBTQ+ historiography, and performance as cultural memory, as well as the overlap between drag performance and trans identities in recent history. He is currently working on an edited volume of essays on the cultural impact of RuPaul’s Drag Race with Intellect Books UK.
4 Questions: Geoffrey Hyland
Geoffrey Hyland is the Head of Theatre and Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies where he has taught since 1990. He has directed and taught internationally, including Canada, England, the USA and New Zealand. He has directed over 120 theatre productions in his career, including dance, opera and cabaret.
4 Questions: Michael Devine
Michael Devine (BA Glendon College 1979, MFA Performance 1988) is a theatre director who has worked outside Canada since 1996, in more than 20 countries at national theatres, alternative theatres and as a guest artist at international theatre festivals. His work is primarily site-specific, and uses the actor training and performance creation methodology he developed in 2004, called BoxWhatBox. BWB has travelled to more than twenty-five countries on five continents.
Spotlight on Faculty: Steve Ross
Who are you? I am Steve Ross, and I’ve been a professional lighting designer for 42 years. During that time I have designed lighting for well over 300 productions for theatre, opera, and corporate events. I became interested in theatre and lighting at the early age of fourteen when I started to teach myself lighting …
4 Questions: Sean Baek
Sean Baek (BA Theatre 1997) has worked as an actor for over twenty years, in theatre, film, TV, and voice nationally and internationally. He can currently be seen on a science fiction TV show called KILLJOYS on Space Channel (Canada) and on SYFY (U.S.), playing a recurring character named Fancy Lee.
4 Questions: Diane Roberts
Diane Roberts is the founder of the Arrivals Legacy Project, a unique tool for developing multi-media and theatrical works that expose questions of shifting identity during transmigration, and has been the lead workshop facilitator for the past thirteen years.