A New Name: The Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies.

We are pleased to announce that the Graduate Program in Theatre Studies at York is now the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies.
The change in program and degree name to Theatre and Performance Studies represents the culmination of a multi-year review process that has included the revision of our program sub-fields of specialization, changes to degree requirements, the arrival of new faculty, and the expansion of the graduate program membership to include colleagues from numerous departments across the university. For more information, please visit our program website.

Performance in/and the Street

The Second Annual York University Department of Theatre Graduate Symposium on Theatre and Performance
The symposium includes work by scholars and activists engaged in the study of a range of street performances and other public acts of social engagement. The day will open with a keynote talk by Jan Cohen-Cruz (Syracuse University) and Morgan Jenness (Fordham University), and will close with a roundtable discussion on current approaches to and challenges of street performance. All events are free and open to the public. This one-day event is scheduled for April 26 2013, 9:30am-6pm. streetperformanceyork.wordpress.com or e-mail street.performance.york@gmail.com.

Imaginative Ethnography: A Symposium

The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography invites you to attend a two-day event, April 10-11, 2013 in the Joseph G. Green Theatre, Centre for Film and Theatre, at York University, curated by Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston, Dara Culhane, Denielle Elliott, Cristina Moretti, Laura Levin, and Marlis Schweitzer.

The event will include a Keynote Lecture by Dr. Andrew Irving (University of Manchester), and a symposium on Imaginative Ethnography. The symposium will bring together scholars, students and artists/scholars in reimagining what forms our ethnographic practices might take.

Download the Flyer here.

DTF: Aragrad

At the depths of the human experience is the desire to survive. We spend our lives pushing through obstacles towards something bigger than ourselves. When we know that we have reached the end of this great struggle, we want to leave something behind – some artifact that will tell people centuries later that we existed. Theatre Zoetik’s Aragrad is a physical theatre piece that collages physical memories, dreams, aspirations and spoken text in an allegory about what it means to be human and the line between good and evil.

Aragrad will run in ACE 207 on: Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 (PWYC preview) | Friday, April 5 at 7:30 | Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 and 7:30. Email to reserve a ticket and you can pick it up/pay at the door.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre @ York presents Shakespeare’s delightful tale of lovers and fairies in the Faire Fecan Theatre, directed by Alison Humphrey (MFA 2013). Come see the collaborative work of students from the Departments of Theatre and Digital Media as they work to bring Shakespeare’s story of the young Athenians escaping to the forest of Athens, supported by 3D visual effects projected in real-time using motion capture technologies. See our Behind the Scenes Video, featuring the director and three of the actors discussing the rehearsal process. The Video Trailer is Now Online! For times and ticket information, see the Events Listing.

DTF: The Quarter Life Crisis

The Quarter-life Crisis, a piece of “mockumentary” theatre, is a montage of events and ideas that surround Generation Y. Every scene is inspired by real events, people, movies, shows, cats, and places. Affinity Theatre has created a cacophony of hilarity that speaks to the nature of their generation; a generation raised on the internet; a generation of first world problems; and a generation in crisis. The Quarter-life Crisis will run in ACE 207 on:

Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30 (PWYC preview) | Wednesday, March 27 at 2:00 and 7:30 |Thursday, March 28 at 7:30. Email yorkdt2013@gmail.com to reserve a ticket and you can pick it up/pay at the door.


Penumbra Collective presents EX WHY ZED. Bound in a bathroom, three selves know nothing of the outside world. In order to survive, they construct habits based on what they are taught by the shadows that have found them. They mindlessly perform their day-to-day routines, until one of them finds a way out…

EX WHY ZED will run in ACE 207 on:
Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 (PWYC preview) | Friday, March 22 at 7:30 | Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 and 7:30 | Email yorkdt2013@gmail.com to reserve a ticket and you can pick it up/pay at the door. See the video in the sidebar for an in depth interview with the members of the Penumbra Collective.

3rd Year Unmounted: ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore

MFA Director Timothy Askew directs 3rd-year York Conservatory actors in
the rarely produced controversial play ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford.
First published in 1633, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is perhaps the most
popular and frequently performed play by John Ford, considered by many
scholars to be the last major dramatist of the English renaissance. The studio production runs in CFT 139 this week, Thursday through Saturday night at 7pm with a matinee this Friday at 2pm. Though seating is limited there are regularly seats available to those
who sign up on the waiting list — the sign-up sheet is located outside CFT 139. Admission is free! (More)