The Chair serves as official spokesperson for the Department of Theatre and represents us in all dealings with the Dean, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD), York University and the wider community. The Chair is responsible for coordinating the department’s activities including the overall academic program and financial operations. The Chair of the Department of Theatre also serves as Executive Producer of Theatre @ York.
The current Chair of the Department of Theatre is Professor Marlis Schweitzer.
Comprises the Chair, the Directors of the Graduate Programs, the Area Coordinators and the Producer.
Graduate Program Directors
Professor Gwenyth Dobie – MFA Theatre
Professor Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston – MA/PhD Theatre and Performance Studies
The Graduate Program Directors are responsible for the course of study at the graduate level and work with the Chair to integrate the levels of the department, including the assignment of graduate students as teaching assistants.
Area Coordinators oversee the activities and academic components in each teaching area: Performance Creation and Research, Acting, and Production/Design. Problems that cannot be solved through discussion with your Course Director, or that affect activities in your area, should be brought to their attention. This year’s Area Coordinators are:
- Professor Eric Armstrong, Acting
- Professor Belarie Hyman Zatzman, Performance Creation and Research
- Professors James McKernan and Teresa Przybylski, Production/Design
Professor Teresa Przybylski also oversees the Theatre @ York production process, managing and coordinating information in association with all three areas. She is also responsible for season planning with the Play Selection Committee, and the promotion of Theatre @ York productions to audiences and industry.
The Education Committee is composed of faculty members who meet regularly to review the academic content of courses, to approve independent study proposals, discuss departmental nominations for student awards, and review student petitions in academic matters.
Every course has a director. Most courses have only one: the instructor in the classroom. Some larger courses are divided into tutorials, labs or sections and may have other teachers or leaders. Course Directors are listed in the course outline for each course. If you have questions or difficulties about a course, start your inquiries with the Course Director. If you are not satisfied with the answers you get, consult the appropriate Area Coordinator or your advisor.