Behind the Scenes

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.


Spotlight on Alumni: Francesco Antonio

Spotlight on Alumni: Francesco Antonio

Francesco Antonio (BFA Acting 2017) has been very busy since graduating from the Theatre Department! His work in film, television and music, including his short film “Addiction,” has led Francesco to 4 awards and 9 nominations on the film festival circuit. Francesco joins us to share what was most important about his time at York, and how it impacts his working life today.


Spotlight on Faculty: Shawn Kerwin

Spotlight on Faculty: Shawn Kerwin

Shawn Kerwin joins us to share her experience of her 2017-18 sabbatical, which saw her designing two important works in Newfoundland with director and York alumna Jillian Keiley, and participating as a full-time student in the “Institute without Boundaries.” Shawn shares stories of the 2 shows, and of her time in the IwB, and how they’ve changed the way she thinks about design.


Spotlight on Faculty: James McKernan

Spotlight on Faculty: James McKernan

Professor James McKernan, is a scenic carpenter and a professor at York University. He’sbuilt over 200 hundred shows which include: films, live theatre and dance, trade show displays and custom items for performance pieces. Along with his BFA in Theatre Production from York, James received a B.Ed. from OISE at U of T and started teaching at an arts high school in the GTA; from there he got my job at York. He still builds shows to support research, dabbles in sound design and production manages the odd show. Really, he just likes solving problems.


Spotlight on Faculty: Heather Fitzsimmons Frey

Spotlight on Faculty: Heather Fitzsimmons Frey

1) Who are you? Heather Fitzsimmons Frey (Photo: Jeremy Mimnaugh) My name is Heather Fitzsimmons Frey and I am a Banting Post-Doctoral Fellow at York.  I’m working with Marlis Schweitzer in Theatre Studies in Art, Media, Performance and Design. One of …


Spotlight on Faculty: Marlis Schweitzer

Spotlight on Faculty: Marlis Schweitzer

Marlis Schweitzer 1. Who are you? I’m Marlis Schweitzer, and I’m a theatre and performance historian and love spending time in archives looking at scrapbooks, photographs, letters, and other documents from the nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Th …


PlayGround Artistic Directors Kat Francis and Mackenzie Taylor

PlayGround Artistic Directors Kat Francis and Mackenzie Taylor

Artistic Directors Kat Francis and Mackenzie Taylor The 25th Annual PlayGround Festival took place from the 7th of February till the 10th. We wanted people to find out more about the behind the scenes of the festival, so we met up with the Artistic Dir …


2016-17 Season Advisory Panel

2016-17 Season Advisory Panel

We are delighted that the following artist/scholars have joined our Advisory Panel for the 2016-17 season, which has the thematic focus Extraordinary Lives: Difference and Ability. Sage Willow Sage Willow Sage Willow is a local multidisciplinary queer …