Since Graduation, Kyle Morton (BFA 2014 Production/ Design) has taken a different path than he expected: he’s traveling around North America selling Entertainment technology to theatres, concert venues, theme parks, any cool companies that entertain people!” In his spare timehe works as a lighting designer, mostly working with a very exciting Urban Dance Company called Breakin’ Ground, with whom he has produced two shows, Urban Legend and Urban Myth.
Wesley McKenzie graduated from York University in 2014 with a BFA in Theatre Production. Since graduation, he has been designing light, sound and video for theatre and opera in Toronto. We catch up with him in this Spotlight on Alumni to get his take on his experience at York, and his advice for new students to York.
The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards are presented annually to honour outstanding theatre, dance, and opera productions. This year’s gala takes place Monday June 27 at Harbourfront Centre. York University students, faculty and alumni received over 24 nominations, recognizing their remarkable talent and contributions to Toronto’s vibrant arts scene.
The acclaimed double bill Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom, a Canadian Stage production collaboration with the Department of Theatre racked up seven nominations, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Direction for Matjash Mrozewski and Estelle Shook, who took the helm as part of their MFA in Directing in Collaboration with Canadian Stage.
Professor Teresa Przybylski received two nods – Outstanding Scenic Design for Hedda Gabler with and Outstanding Costume Design for The Death of the King.
Click here for a list of York University connected nominations.
Victoria Stacey (BA Hons 2014) studied Devised Theatre and Directing at York. At the same time, she also volunteered for Theatre Direct, a professional Theatre for Young Audiences company in Toronto. Since graduating, she’s been working for them, and now holds the title of Artistic & Education Associate and Drama School Coordinator.
Katharine Noyes (BA Devised Theatre 2014) worked as a teaching assistant and teacher for Young People’s Theatre shortly after graduating from our program. Last February, she was accepted into the Artist in Community program at Queens University’s Bachelor of Education program, and started her Consecutive Education program there in May 2015. We caught up with her to hear about her experience while a student in the Devised Theatre Program at York.
Andrew Markowiak is a graduate (BA 2014) of York University’s Department of Theatre, where he trained in Playwriting, Directing and Devised Theatre. Since graduating, he has primarily worked as an actor in film and television, recently appearing in FX’s Man Seeking Woman alongside Jay Baruchel, and Discovery’s Close Encounters.