Behind the Scenes

Spotlight on Faculty: David Jansen

Spotlight on Faculty: David Jansen

David Jansen 1. Who are you? My 7-year old daughter leans over my shoulder as I try to answer this. “What kind of question is that!” she says. Quite right. She described me in her French class last year as drôle, gentil, intelligent, fort, and beau. It …


Spotlight on Faculty: Aaron Kelly

Spotlight on Faculty: Aaron Kelly

Professor Aaron Kelly joins the Dept of Theatre this summer, and in this Spotlight post, he shares his background and what inspires him as a theatre maker and teacher.


Spotlight on Faculty: Gavin McDonald

Spotlight on Faculty: Gavin McDonald

Gavin McDonald has been a Lighting Designer and Production Manager for theatre, dance, music, exhibitions, events, and a bit of opera across the country for over 20 years as well as the United States and UK. Gavin will be joining the faculty of Theatre Department as an Assistant Professor in Lighting and Media Design as of July 1st!


4 Questions: Mary Spyrakis

4 Questions: Mary Spyrakis

Mary Spyrakis (York BFA 1986) runs the prop shop at Canadian Stage, where she has worked for twenty-two years. She has also worked at YPT, Tarragon, TWP, and continues to work for Studio 180 and Musical Stage.


Spotlight on Faculty: David Rayfield

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.


Spotlight on Faculty: Steve Ross

Spotlight on Faculty: Steve Ross

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 l …


4 Questions: Jeff Churchill

4 Questions: Jeff Churchill

Jeff Churchill is the owner and creator of Jitterbug Boy Original Footwear, a custom shoemaking company supplying specialized footwear for theatre, film, television and circus all over the world. He traces the fascinating career trajectory that got him there with stops in Stratford, Cirque de Soleil, and Las Vegas.