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.
The Department of Theatre, the MA/PhD Program in Theatre and Performance Studies and the MFA Program in Theatre released a statement on Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Solidarity with Black students, faculty, staff, and community members in response to the ongoing racism and violence committed against Black people in both the United States and Canada.
Theatre @ York is committed to diversifying its seasons to reflect the plurality of our students’ lived experiences. To that end, we are working to develop a series of guiding principles to inform our decision-making about the specific plays/performances/guest artists we program each season. We also outline our Next Steps moving forward with the Guiding Principles.
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.
Elena Rakitskaya is teaching in the costume department for us this year. Check out her Spotlight on Faculty and read about how she got her Moscow State University of Design and Technology with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design, and highlights in her career such as tailoring a pink leather outfit for Lady Gaga for TIFF in 2017.
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.