Elyssia Sasaki (BA Special Honours, Devised Theatre, 2013) has split the last 5 years of her life between Toronto, Atlantic Canada, Australia and as of a year and a half ago, north of the 60th parallel in the Yukon. After graduating from York, she helped produce the second iteration of KATA (Theatre Parallax) which went …
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Spotlight on Alumni: Beth Beardsley
Beth Beardsley (BFA Production 2016) started out working as a freelance/apprentice stage manager in Toronto the year she graduated, and was able to support herself with just theatre work. She now works a full time job as the Front of House Coordinator at Banff Centre For Arts and Creativity in Alberta.
Spotlight on Alumni: Scarlett Larry
Scarlett Larry (BFA Theatre Production and Design ’17) is a freelance stage manager, lighting designer, technician, and the artistic director of What She Said Theatre. She has worked for companies across Canada that include Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Drayton Entertainment, and Carousel Theatre for Young People. While at York, she wrote and directed a …
Spotlight on Alumni: Amrit Kaur
Amrit Kaur is an actor and writer; since graduating York University with a BFA in Acting (2015), she continues to study her craft with coaches Michele Lonsdale-Smith and Stephen Park at the Lonsdale Smith Studio in Toronto. She loves making and watching art at the L.S. Studio, enjoys reading plays, volunteering with the South Asian Women’s Centre, playing the piano, practicing poi performance art, and is writing her first play, Hummingbird, under the guidance of Marjorie Chan and Cahoots Theatre’s TCR Hothouse Program.
Spotlight on Alumni: Alexandra (Clement) McNamara
Alexandra (Clement) McNamara is a graduate of York University’s Theatre Department (BFA Acting 2007). After university, she found herself drawn to event planning and design and now runs Blush + Bowties, launched in 2013. Today, the company is a team of 3 with over 50 events a year in its portfolio. Most recently, Alex designed and planned Toronto’s first Concierge Event for the well-respected Australian wedding dress company Grace Loves Lace, and completed a course in interior design. We spoke to Alexandra about her experience studying acting in the Department of Theatre, and what it has given her as a designer and small business owner.
Theatre @ York 2017–18: Worlds of Exile
Next year’s theme for our 2017/18 season is WORLDS OF EXILE. “Exile, refugee, asylum-seeker, nomad, migrant, immigrant…terms that share a sense of displacement and a feeling of Otherness. While some of these terms can be defined in legal and political terms, others speak to a rift that generates a social and psychological condition. Our season …
Spotlight on Faculty: Teresa Przybylski and Shawn Kerwin (audio)
Faculty members Teresa Przybylski and Shawn Kerwin met with Eric Armstrong to record an audio interview about their design work for The Stratford Festival’s 2017 season. Kerwin is designing Euripides The Bakkhai, directed by York aluma Jillian Keiley, while Przybylski is designing The Madwoman of Chaillot, by French playwright Jean Giraudoux, directed by Donna Feore.
Spotlight on Alumni: Tori Anderson
Tori Anderson (BFA Acting 2011) has continued to work in film, TV and theatre in Canada and the US. In her most recent work she played the title role of Evie on No Tomorrow (CW). She has also worked on Killjoys (Syfy), The Other Kingdom (Nickelodeon, Family), Open Heart (YTV, TeenNick), and has appeared in the films Killing Daddy, The Mermaid Chair, To Have and to Hold and Cable Beach. Tori also portrayed Michelle Phillips in Dream a Little Dream at the Phoenix Theatre in Arizona and Viv in HABIT at the Luminato Festival. We spoke with Tori about her time at York, and how it has helped her in her career.
2017-18 Theatre @ York Directors Announced
At the season announcement for our exciting 2017-18 Season, Dept. of Theatre Chair Ines Buchli shared that the three outside directors for the season will be Ross Manson (Volcano Theatre), Peter Hinton, and Keira Loughran. Read more about their exciting careers in their bios…
Spotlight on Alumni: Tina Jung
Tina Jung is a graduate of York University’s Department of Theatre (BFA Acting 2013). Since then, she has been busy working, mainly in television and film. She has a recurring role on CBC’s Kim’s Convenience and Nickelodeon’s Make It Pop. Other selected screen credits include Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, The Expanse, and Beauty and the Beast. You can also see her on the upcoming Michael and Peter Spierig’s Saw: Legacy released later this year.