On Saturday, March 19, student actors and directors gathered for a closed workshop reading of a new play by Governor General Award-winning playwright David Yee, with directing and dramaturgy support from Dora-award winning artist Nina Lee Aquino. Yee and Aquino have a long track record of developing new work with university and college students using …
Category Archives: Theatre
That’s a Wrap on “The Late Wedding”
From November 23rd-27th, 2021, Theatre@York presented Christopher Chen’s The Late Wedding, directed by Jamie Robinson, performed by the 4th year BFA Acting Conservatory, and designed, built, and produced by the students of Theatre Production & Design and the first-year Introduction to Stagecraft class. The Late Wedding was produced in person to be livestreamed online for …
Theatre@York 2021/22 Season Announcement
Join us for our Theatre@York 2021/22 season announcement from our Season Building Committee!
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 …
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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 …
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Spotlight on Faculty: Jamie Robinson
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.
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.
Statement in Solidarity with Black students, faculty, staff, & community members
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.
Spotlight on Faculty: Gwenyth Dobie
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.