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. 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. […]
Organized by York University Professors Jamie Robinson and Marlis Schweitzer with support from Ph.D. graduate student Marilo Nuñez and undergraduate students Dante Jemmott, Cassandra Henry, and Zoe Marin, professional theatre directors, playwrights, actors, educators, and students from across Canada joined together for a series of Zoom panel discussions organized across 2 days in May and […]
After five successful cohorts, Theatre at York University and Canadian Stage will no longer be accepting applications for the joint MFA Program in Stage Direction and will retire this program with the conclusion of the current student cohort. Building from this successful program, however, Theatre at York and Canadian Stage are developing a new collaboration that will […]
Jamie Robinson, a native Torontonian, is our most recent addition to the full-time faculty in the Dept. of Theatre. Professor Robinson will be teaching Acting and Directing, and brings a wealth of experience to the department as an actor, director, creator, researcher, and advocate.
The “Theatre Devising Starter Kit” will offer a series of FREE online lessons, workshop activities, collaborative opportunities, and feedback sessions for high school students interested in learning how to devise original theatre pieces from scratch. This 2 week, six session online course is aimed at students in grade 11-12 or 1st/2nd year post-secondary students interested in creating their own performance based work from scratch. Student will learn new lessons/activities each day led by professional artist educators, Aaron Jan, Lucy Powis, Luke Reece, & Autumn Smith.
Gwenyth Dobie, Associate Professor (Movement, Devised Theatre) returned from her sabbatical having created a Woodland Farm Artist Residency on Salt Spring Island. Gwenyth catches us up on her directing projects and on the development of this special artist retreat in British Columbia in this month’s Spotlight on Faculty.
Production Coordinator Christina Cicko shares a bit of her backstory with details about her work as a Stage Manager and as a Lighting Designer.
Professor Ian Garrett who returned this year from a year on sabbatical, catches us up on all he did over his time away, and its impact on his research and teaching.
Sean Robertson-Palmer currently is a Sessional Assistant Professor in Performance Creation in the Dept of Theatre. He has been involved with the Kadozuke Kollektif theatre company on and off since its inception in 2006, participating in “The Gulliver Project,” “Figaro; His Marriage & the Fine Art of Dressmaking” and “The Sandman.” Sean also straddles the academic and the performative realms, combining his interdisciplinary performance with practice-based research. Read more about Sean’s current work, and discover the things that inspire him in this Spotlight on Faculty.
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 was for a Father’s Day card. And who am I […]