A Theatre@York Year In Review: 2020/21

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. […]

(Re)Setting the Stage: The Past, Present, and Future of Casting Practices in Canada

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 […]

Canadian Stage and the Department of Theatre at York University

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 […]

Theatre Devising Starter Kit: Tools to Create from Scratch

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.

Spotlight on Faculty: Sean Robertson-Palmer

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.