Elizabeth Bradley (BFA 1976) is an Arts Professor and former Chair of the Department of Drama at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she has worked for the past decade. Previously, she served as Head of the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. Before leaving Canada she was CEO of the Hummingbird Centre (now Sony Centre, part of Civic Theatres Toronto). A Broadway League certified theater critic, Bradley reviews Broadway alongside former New York Times critic Charles Isherwood for a new online site for original journalism about the theatre called Broadway.News.
50 years of Disruption
Heather Annis and Amy Lee (BFA Theatre, Creative Ensemble 2005) are Co-Artistic Directors of U.N.I.T. Productions, and the performer/creators of the Dora Award and Canadian Comedy Award winning clown duo Morro and Jasp. With their director and dramaturg, Byron Laviolette, they have created, produced, and toured eleven shows including Morro and Jasp: Save The Date, Morro and Jasp in Stupefaction, Morro and Jasp: 9-5.
Rohan Kulkarni (BA Honours Double Major Theatre & Political Science, 2014) lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta, as dramaturg, academic, arts administrator, public speaker, and instructor. As part of his responsibilities at the Edmonton Opera, he involves people in the arts, be it theatre, music, dance, or opera. He initiates projects, seminars, performances, and collaborations between arts companies to reach new audiences, especially those belonging to diverse communities.
Amy Bowman (BA Theatre Studies, 2013) has worked as a dramaturg, stage manager, and voice actor. She currently works at Pirate, an audio production and design house based in Toronto in Client Services. Additionally, since 2016, she has been the co-host and co-producer of Broken Picture Podcast, which reviews the very best and the very worst film can offer.
Mary Spyrakis (York BFA 1986) runs the prop shop at Canadian Stage, where she has worked for twenty-two years. She has also worked at YPT, Tarragon, TWP, and continues to work for Studio 180 and Musical Stage.
Paul Halferty is a theatre historian and a queer theatre and performance studies scholar. He is Assistant Professor in Drama Studies in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin, where he is also the director of the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies.
Julia Pileggi is a published writer, touring spoken word poet, interdisciplinary creator, and educator. In 2017 she ranked in the top ten at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and released a poetry chapbook. She is also co-founder (with fellow Yorkie, Sasha Singer-Wilson) of the on-going writing project www.thesefiveminutes.com, through which they host readings, writing groups, and writer’s workouts across Canada.
Foster Freed is a Minister with the United Church of Canada. Though he left the world of theatre many years ago, he says that “the extent to which my four years at York continues to shape the work I do—in ways expected and in ways surprising—as a preacher, as a designer-of and presider-at weekly worship, as a small-group facilitator and as a pastoral-care provider” cannot be denied.