Anita La Selva is a contract faculty member in the Department of Theatre, where she teaches Acting for theatre and on-camera.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1) Who are you? 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 the reasons she is a great mentor for me is that we are both interested in performance-based historiography—that is, the […]
Movement and Performance Creation teacher Erika Batdorf joins us this month to discuss her current work and research. She talks about the artists that inspire her, the architecture that moves her, and her plans for the year ahead, including her performance work.
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. The weirdest “object” I’ve encountered during my time researching at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC was a well-preserved piece […]
1. Who are you? My name is Eric Armstrong, and I’m an associate professor in the Department of Theatre. When people ask me what I do, I like to tell people that “I teach actors how to use their voices.” At York, I work with the actors in the BFA and MFA Acting programs, and […]
Adriana Dimitri (B.F.A Production and Design, 2013) has spent her time since graduation working as a stage manager in theatre and opera. She has also worked around the world at the Prague Quadrennial, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy. Before deciding to move away from theatre, Adriana worked on […]