Canada’s most comprehensive theatre program is coming to you!
Don’t miss this rare opportunity for an out-of-province audition with our faculty.
To audition you must first apply to York University. Admission to the program is based both on academic performance and artistic merit. Academic admissibility is assessed by York University, while artistic merit is evaluated by the Department of Theatre. Therefore, the application to the Theatre program is a two-step process.
Step 1: Apply to York University
Do you have concerns about your eligibility? Check out our Academic Requirements and select your academic history.
Step 2: Audition in Regina
Once you have applied to the program you will receive an email that will include your reference ID and directions for completing the Audition/Evaluation and Questionnaire. This email will be sent approximately 5-10 business days after you submit your application. If you are applying to more than one AMPD program, you must complete a separate Audition/Interview/Portfolio Review for each one.
The questionnaire, letter of recommendation and audition are intended to help us learn about your academic and artistic background, interests and goals as they relate to our Theatre program.
A $60 CAD evaluation fee is required to submit your questionnaire, then you will be able to book your audition. The location details for our Regina audition will be made available in the drop-down menu on our booking page after you have paid your evaluation fee.
What to prepare:
Our application process is designed to help us get to know you. What you choose to perform or present should reflect your interests, but does not imply that you will be limited to that area if you are accepted to the Department of Theatre. During our first year, all students experience foundation training in all areas of the program.
For the purposes of this evaluation, we prefer people to perform or present memorized or prepared material, rather than reading from a script or improvising. Please be prepared to receive redirection; it is our way of seeing if you can play. Please prepare no more than 3 minutes of material.
Applicants should come prepared to perform one of the following:
- a contemporary monologue – use only published plays – read the play and know the story, don’t use monologue books! (you may be asked questions about your character)
- a piece of your own dramatic writing
- a song (no accompanist) (some examples could be original, traditional, cover, standard, rap)
- a poem (some examples could be original, spoken word, slam, ASL)
- a comedy routine
- a dance piece (some examples could be street dance, traditional/folk dance, improvisational dance)
- a performance that does not use text (some examples could be puppets, installation, juggling)
Make an oral presentation about one of the following:
- your experience directing or dramaturging a play in production or a play in development
- your experience in teaching theatre (acting, movement, improvisation)
- your involvement in a community event or project
- your experience in one of the following: producing, stage managing or building costumes, lights, sets, props for a performance piece
- a design portfolio showcasing your original design work in costumes, sets, lighting or props (some examples could be drawings, photographs, painting)
- an organized documentation of your own art or craft work (drawings, photographs, costumes, props, sets, paintings, furniture, metalwork)
- a critique of a performance or play or artistic installation that you have seen
ii. Personal Interview
Your 5 minute personal interview gives us the opportunity to find out more about you, your interests and expectations, as well as to answer any questions you may have for us. Be prepared to talk about your presentation. We suggest that you write down any specific questions, considerations and/or thoughts you may have about our program ahead of time.
iii. Writing Exercise
You’ll be asked one question about plays you’ve seen recently. This gives you the opportunity to express your own ideas about theatre, as well as to demonstrate your writing abilities.
If possible, try to see several different shows from a variety of companies before your evaluation so you have something to write about! You may also see one of our plays in the Theatre @ York season before you come.
If you find you’re unable to attend this audition, we also accept submissions online. For more information about how to submit online, please visit our How To Apply page under “Step 2”.
Thank you for your interest in our Theatre program! We look forward to meeting you.
Theatre @ York presents Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley directed by ted witzel
Timothy Findley’s Elizabeth Rex shares Good Night Desdemona’s interest in the Shakespearean canon.
Here, Findley imagines an intimate meeting between a group of players and Queen Elizabeth I, who has ordered a command performance of Much Ado About Nothing as she awaits the execution of a former lover, the Earl of Essex. With wit and poetry, Findley explores the entanglement of love, desire, and gender identity.
Tuesday March 17th at 7:30 p.m. (Preview)
Wednesday March 18th at 1:00 p.m. (Preview)
Wednesday March 18th at 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Thursday March 19 at 7:30 p.m. (Relaxed Performance)
Friday March 20th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday March 21st at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday March 21st @ 7:30 p.m. (Closing)
Box Office Information
All Other Performances:
Groups of 10 or more: $10.00
(Group price applies when all group tickets are purchased at once for a single performance. Not available online, please phone or visit the box office)
Buy online or call 416-736-5888
Relaxed Performance: Thursday, March 19th at 7:30pm
A Relaxed performance is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment. The performance is designed to reduce anxiety and provide a safe, enjoyable experience, taking into account variable sensory, communication or learning needs and abilities. This means that there is a more casual-than-usual approach to front-of-house etiquette and we ask audience members to be aware of people’s needs to move or make involuntary noise.
Scenes by Design
The Theatre Department’s annual exhibition showcasing the work of the Design and Production area. Scenes by Design offers an insider’s look at the creative work done behind the scenes before the curtain rises on a stage production. The exhibition features original set designs and maquettes, costumes, props, scene painting, renderings, drawings and lighting design by students in the production/design area. Scenes by Design will also include the announcement of the 2020 – 2021 Theatre @ York Season.
Wed. March 25, 2020: 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Opening)
Thur. March 26, 2020: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fri. March 27, 2020: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sat. March 28, 2020: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Closing)
Admission is free and all are welcome.
IMAGINING DIFFERENTLY: RESEARCH-CREATION PRACTICES IN URGENT TIMES
CENTRE FOR IMAGINATIVE ETHNOGRAPHY (CIE) SYMPOSIUM
GRADUATE PROGRAM IN THEATRE & PERFORMANCE STUDIES CONFERENCE
MARCH 28 & 29, 2020
207/ 209 / 244 (Accolade East Building)
SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
ARTISTIC METHOD AND THE ANTHROPOCENE
DR. NATALIE LOVELESS
University of Alberta
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Pedagogies of the futures (Panel 1)
A Thr(3)e Dimensional Text: Playwriting for an Alt-traditional Structure.
Mike Czuba (University of Calgary)
Flipping the Script on Power Dynamics: An Image Theatre workshop for Institutionalized Researchers
Shannon Elizabeth Hughes (York University)
Queer Spawn Kid
Kira Meyers-Guiden (York University)
Learning to Juggle Taught Me How to Learn
Morgan Anderson (York University)
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Methods: Improvisation, Interrogation & Intervention (Panel 2)
Unreliability and Lepidoptera: Adapting Nabokov’s Lolita as a Graphic Novel
Melanie Proulx (Queen’s University)
Univille: A Fairytale in Search of a Question
Marilo Nuñez, Alireza Asgharzadeh, Margaret E. H., Rimah Jabr, Thomas O’Hanley and Marta Shpak (York University)
It Came to Me in a Dream
Nic Cooper and Natalie Bruvels (University of Ottawa)
Considering Emergence and the Choreographic Toolkit
Allison Peacock (Concordia University)
2:00 -3:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Performance Ethnography and Future-making (Panel 3)
Interventionist activism and futurity
Jillian Groening (York University)
Design Thinking as a Creative Alternative Methodology in Cultural Studies Research
Amanda Carvalho (University of Winnipeg)
micro-transgressions: temporary agents for change
Marcela Echeverri, Judit Csobod and Stephen Donelly (Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Guelph)
Unmapping Heteronormativity: Queering Death Through Art Practice
Devin West (Queen’s University)
2:00 -3:30 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
More than human socialities (Panel 4)
How am I to listen to you llama?
Jacqueline Sawatzky (York University)
Time Machine: A Cruise into the Future
Tara Gallagher Harris (York University)
Cenotaph For Weird’s Well And T[h]ree Missing Bodies
Julie Dind (Brown University) and Rolf Gerstlauer (Oslo School of Architecture and Design)
Poetry and Drama in Ecologically Compromised Times
Sanita Fejzić (Queen’s University)
3:30 -5:00 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Mapping The Everyday: Borders, Disorders (Panel 5)
The Sound of Contested Places: An Improvisational Performance on Gentrification in Parkdale, Toronto
Jared Epp (Carleton University)
[Un]Being and Time: Transculturalism and Translation in Akram Khan’s Giselle
Alexandra Rego (University of Chicago)
Art as an Imaginative Tool
Mariana Muñoz Gomez (University of Winnipeg)
In the rhythm of creativity: […] prayerful performance?
Myrto Koumarianos (University of Toronto)
Rimah Jabr (York University)
3:30 -5:00 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Ethics: Witnessing & Disrupting (Panel 6)
Transnational assemblage and urgent actions: Performance of solidarity
Alireza Gorgani (York University)
Alisha Van Wieren (York University)
Live History and its audiences: diversity encounters the unitary narratives of small public
Rick Cousins (Trent University)
Cam Hunters: Short Video Screening and Talk
Stéfy McKnight and Julia Chan (Queen’s University)
The Somatic Structure of Memory, Sensory Based Creativity and The Exile Experience.
Alejandra Nuñez (York University)
6:00 – 8:00 PM (Performance)
the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields
A multimedia ethnographic physical theatre piece based on a short story written by Lynn Hutchinson Lee. Co-sponsored by Centre for Imaginative Ethnography and Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology.
McLean Performance Studio
Accolade East Building – Second Floor (Room 244)
SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2020
1:30 -2:00 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Memory, Colonialism and Power: A performance by Diane Llewelyn-Jones, Arpita Bajpeyi, Danielle Alfaro (York University)
1:30 -3:00 PM
209 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Multimodal Interventions, Empowerment and Positionality (Panel 7)
Improving public understanding of and police response to coercive control
Jessica Rose (Bournemouth University)
Creating Care-fully: Fostering radical relatedness and interdependence through performance ethnography by disabled/non-disabled artist
Becky Gold (York University)
Dancing to the Derogatory – Female Hip-Hop Dancers Face the Music
Deanne Kearney (York University)
Ponytail: Examining the social and educational binaries between artists and athletes
Alison Blair (York University)
Revealing Our Unconscious Complicity in Rape Culture
Andrew Houston and Brooke Barnes (University of Guelph)
2:00 -2:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
Tale of a Town: An auto-ethnographic performance lecture by Lisa Marie DiLiberto (York University)
3:00 -4:30 PM
207 ACE (Accolade East Building)
RESEARCH-CREATION LUNCHTIME WORKSHOP
WITH DR. NATALIE LOVELESS
This informal roundtable is for graduate students working on research-creation. Please come prepared to share your research questions, methods, and any struggles you are facing. We will exchange best practices and insights, and discuss the role of research-creation doctoral projects in the university today. Registration is limited to 12.
Dr. Natalie Loveless – Bio and Keynote Description
Natalie Loveless is an artist and academic located at the University of Alberta’s Department of Art and Design, where she teaches in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, directs the Research-Creation and Social
Justice CoLABoratory, and co-leads the Faculty’s Signature Area in Research-Creation. Her recent books, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation and Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation examine debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means – and why it matters – to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. Loveless is currently working on a book and curatorial project, Sensing the Anthropocene: Aesthetic Attunement in an age of Urgency and a collaborative interdisciplinary curatorial project, Speculative Energy Futures, as part of the Just Powers initiative funded by the Future Energy Systems CFREF (Canada First Research Excellence Fund).
As an intervention into normative scholarly practice, research-creation has gained increasing visibility and validity over the past decade within the academy. Often mobilizing interdisciplinary and collaborative methods, with one foot – always – firmly grounded in artistic literacies, research-creation asks us to attend, with detail, to the methods we mobilize as well as our modes of output and publication at the level of constitutive form. Paying particular attention to performance-based practices, this talk asks what research-creation methods and
approaches offer climate justice projects in the academy today – a time marked by the need for both urgent action and new attunements to our local ecologies.
Justine Conte and Rajat Nayyar
Dr. Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston
Financial and institutional support
Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE)
Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology
Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies,
Special thanks to
Alanna Dunlop, Alison Blair, Christina Cicko, Jacquie Lazar, Laura Levin,
Marilo Nuñez, Marlis Schweitzer, Marta Shpak, Mary Pecchia, Prina Pui Ying Wong,
T&PS Graduate Student Association
the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…
Multimedia Artist and Writer Lynn Hutchinson Lee’s Short Story Adapted into Ethnographic Physical Theatre Performance and featured at the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) Symposium and the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies Graduate Conference
On March 28, The Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE) in partnership with the Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies and Sensorium: Centre for Digitial Arts and Technology at York University will present the world premiere of the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…, an adaptation of a short story written by Toronto’s Lynn Hutchison Lee, daughter of a Canadian mother and Romanichal (English Romani) father.
the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…is inspired by the life of Lynn’s paternal aunt May and takes place during the latter part of the Depression in the Tillsonburg area (Southwestern Ontario). The performance project uses multimodal ethnographic approaches, including physical theatre, film, photography, spoken/written word to tell the story of family, identity and absence. “The story is based on my family’s history; it is the story of my aunt. I wanted to bring life to this young girl, to humanize her. My aunt May was a recluse and she came from a poor, illiterate family who was separated and scattered. There are stereotypes about the Romani people, and I wanted to dispel some of these biases about my father’s people.”
How does one do an ethnography about a non-living person? This is the main question for the creative team of the ethnographic performance, helmed by professor and stage director Magdalena Kazubowski- Houston who has extensive experience working with Romani people in Poland.
Production Synopsis: May climbs onto a roof being tarred by her father and brothers and is enchanted by the sight of two swans on a pond owned by the wealthy tobacco farmer for whom her family works. She is hired as a paid companion for the farmer’s wife, Missus Quince, and is assigned the task of preparing food for the swans. Over the years, May finds comfort in her visions of the two swans on the pond who often ‘visit’ her at night, and eventually becomes a healer of birds.
the morning I died I flew over the tobacco fields…
Direction: Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston and Shawn Kazubowski-Houston
Playwright/Dramaturgy: Lynn Hutchinson Lee
Assistant Direction: Becky Gold
Audiovisual Ethnography: Rajat Nayyar
Ethnographic Photography: Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston
Costume Design: Marta Shpak
Performers: Leanne Hoffman, Sadie Wells Liddy
Co-sponsored by Centre for Imaginative Ethnography and Sensorium – Centre for Digital Arts and Technology
Date: March 28, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: FREE (Those interested are encouraged to RSVP Becky Gold @ email@example.com)
Location: McLean Performance Studio, York University Accolade East Building, Room 244, 4700 Keele St.
More Information: www.imaginative-ethnography.com
Alison Blair – project assistant, props, costumes and publicity
Alison is a Toronto-based emerging artist and arts educator currently pursing her Master of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. Her arts creation and research interests focus on wellness and embodied educational practices in secondary schools. After graduating from University of Toronto and Sheridan College (Theatre and Drama Studies) in 2012, Alison discovered a love for fitness and the wellness of performers which led her on a path to a career in the fitness industry and ultimately in education. She studied the practice of teaching Drama under Kathleen Gould-Lundy at York University and hopes that through performance creation, she can continue the work she does in classrooms by teaching through movement and the arts.
Becky Gold – assistant director, co-editor, field notes blog
Becky is a community arts facilitator, artist support worker, and emerging scholar currently pursuing her PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University. She holds a BA Honours in Drama and English from Queen’s University and a MA in Theatre Studies from the University of British Columbia. Becky’s research interests include: disability theatre, interdependence and care politics in performance, performance ethnography, and imagining futures of disability through performance.
Leanne Hoffman – performer
Leanne is an actor and writer based in Toronto, Canada. Originally from Medicine Hat Alberta, she moved to Toronto to attend the theatre program at York University. After completing the acting conservatory program, she currently resides in the city to share in the multitude of opportunities Toronto provides. You can catch Leanne indoors on a rainy day, rereading old favorite books, or listening to music her parents had hoped she’d grow out of.
Lynn Hutchinson Lee – playwright, dramaturgy
Lynn is a multimedia artist from Toronto, Canada and is a co-founder of Red Tree and chirikli collectives. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and Latin America. chirikli’s sound installation Canada Without Shadows was exhibited at Call the Witness, Second Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale; BAK, Utrecht, Netherlands; and National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania. Five Songs for Daddy, Lynn’s spoken word piece from Canada Without Shadows, was installed at the Art Gallery of York University’s Audio Out, Toronto. Her selected writing is included in The Food of My People (forthcoming, edited by Ursula Pflug and Candas Jane Dorsey, Exile Editions); CLI-FI: Canadian Tales of Climate Change(edited by Bruce Meyer, Exile Editions); Romani Women in Canada: Spectrum of the Blue Water (Inanna
Publications); Romani Folio (Drunken Boat International Journal of Literature and the Arts), and other publications.
Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston – ethnographic photographer
Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston is an environmental researcher, activist, musician, and a licensed glider pilot. His research interests include classical and jazz performance, old and forgotten instruments, nature conservation, animal rights, and environmental and ethnographic photography. He is currently a student in the BA Honours in Environmental Studies at York.
Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston – co-director, lead ethnographer
Magdalena is an anthropologist, performance theorist, theatre director and playwright. She is Associate Professor of Theatre, and has graduate appointments in Theatre & Performance Studies and Social Anthropology at York University. Her research interests include performance ethnography, ethnographic storytelling, ethnographic (non)fiction, multimodal ethnography, physical and political theatre and performance. She has collaborated on imaginative ethnography projects with Romani people and Nazi-Holocaust survivors in Poland and Canada, and residents from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Her book, Staging Strife (2010), was awarded the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Outstanding Qualitative Book Award and the Canadian Association for Theatre Research Ann Saddlemyer Book Prize (2011). Her article, “quiet Theatre: The Radical Politics of Silence,” was awarded the Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR) 2019 Richard Plant Prize, granted annually to the best English-language article on a Canadian theatre or performance topic. She is a Co-Curator of the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography (CIE).
Shawn Kazubowski-Houston – co-director, co-editor
Shawn is a thespian, theatre director, playwright, photographer, editor and poet. He has worked as ethnographer and co-artistic director (Teatr Korzenie) on various projects in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Poland. Shawn is also the events and media coordinator at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.
Rajat Nayyar – co-editor, audiovisual ethnographer and filmmaker
Rajat Nayyar is an anthropologist and a filmmaker with an MA in Audiovisual Ethnography from Tallinn University. His recent film ‘Kashi Labh’ was screened at RAI film festival and numerous other anthropological film festivals and conferences. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University, where his focus is on vocal traditions, everyday acts of resistance, collaborative fiction filmmaking and futures anthropology. Rajat is the founder of Espírito Kashi, a project that facilitates performative spaces for rural Indian communities to critically re-imagine folklore, decolonize archives and film futures. He also co-edits the ‘Performance Ethnography’ section of Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, a transnational research-creation network.
Marilo Nuñez – stage manager, project assistant, props, costumes and publicity
Marilo Nuñez is a Chilean-Canadian playwright and director. She was the 2018 recipient of the Hamilton Arts Awards for Established Theatre Artist and was recently nominated for the Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize. She is the recipient of the prestigious Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction and the Susan Crocker and John Hunkin Scholarship in the Fine Arts among countless other grants and scholarships. Currently a member of Natural Resources, Factory Theatre’s playwright’s unit for established writers, she has been a member of playwright’s units at Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Cahoots Theatre Company, Nightwood Theatre and Alameda Theatre Company. She was Playwright-in-Residence at Aluna Theatre in 2016 and was McMaster University’s first Playwright-in-Residence in 2018. She was founding Artistic Director of Alameda Theatre Company, a company dedicated to developing the new work of Latinx Canadian playwrights. She is a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School, has an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Guelph and is currently obtaining her Ph D. in Theatre & Performance Studies where her research will focus on race and racism in Canadian theatre at York University.
Marta Shpak – performer
Marta is a singer, songwriter and actress. She is an Honoured Artist of Ukraine whose international performances showcase its culture. Marta holds a Master’s Degree in Choreography from the National Academy of Leading Staff of Culture and Art of Ukraine. She has worked as a main soloist for State Ensemble of Song and Dance for the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and recorded five musical albums with genres including folk, electro and pop. Marta has also worked as a choreographer and performer for children’s folk-ethnographic group Malenki Boiky, and is currently pursuing an MA in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University.
Sadie Wells Liddy – performer
Sadie is a full-time mover and shaker. When Sadie is not moving and shaking, she is studying at York University pursuing an undergraduate degree in both Devised Theatre and Law & Society. Sadie’s most recent work includes assistant stage managing for Shakespeare in Action’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as performing in York University’s most recent production of Vagina Monologues.
Photos by: Amadeusz Kazubowski-Houston
Learn all about AMPD! Join us for a one-hour interactive presentation about the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.
Discover what makes AMPD the most comprehensive arts school in Canada. This webinar is designed for those of you who are still deciding your plans for fall, as well as those of you who already know you’ll be joining us at York. You’ll be able to talk with the Dean of AMPD, hear about first year and the various ways you can get involved, and get your questions answered by current AMPD students.
We look forward to seeing you at our virtual event!
All about AMPD!
Thursday May 21, 12:30pm-1:30pm
If you are unable to attend live, the webinar will also be recorded and posted at a later date. All registrants will be emailed a link to the recording post-event.
AMPD: Ranked #2 in Ontario for Art, Performing Arts & Design in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Please join us for a night filled with poetry, song and theatre featuring professional artists performing alongside emerging artists from York University. This event will be streamed on YouTube Live for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Those who register will receive an email on the day of the event with a link to the stream.
DATE: Friday, July 10, 2020
TIME: 8:00 PM
COST: This is a Pay What You Can Event. For more information please visit Eventbrite.
Featuring Performances by:
RYAN MCELTON MERCURY
DAJ THE ARTIST
Video Design by NATHAN BRUCE
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. See full bios below.
Dates: July 20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Zoom (Zoom details to be sent to those who Sign Up using the link below)
Interested students can sign up via SignUp Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054DA9AA22A2F58-theatre
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Guest Artist Biographies
Aaron Jan is a Hamilton-born playwright, director and dramaturg. He has worked as a creator with Factory Theatre, Canadian Stage, Native Earth Performing Arts, Theatre Aquarius, Cahoots, fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre, the Stratford Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival. Aaron is a member of the critically acclaimed, Silk Bath Collective, whose production of Yellow Rabbit enjoyed a sold-out run as a part of Soulpepper’s 2018/2019 season. Aaron is the 2019 winner of the Ken McDougall directing award and has served as TAC theatre projects juror, a TAC Arts in Parks juror, an RGTC Juror with Cahoots theatre as well as an OAC Chalmers Fellowship Juror.
Lucy Powis graduated from York University’s theatre program with specializations in devised theatre and dramaturgy. While living in Toronto, she worked in Soulpepper Theatre Company’s education department and on productions with Theatre Asylum, Theatre Aquarius, Buddies in Bad Times, Little Black Afro, Then They Fight, SummerWorks Performance Festival, and the Hamilton and Toronto Fringe Festivals. She moved to New York City to pursue her MFA in Dramaturgy at Columbia University and now lives there, working in the literary division at A3 Artists Agency and as a freelance dramaturg and producer. She previously held seasonal positions in the artistic/literary departments at Roundabout Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. www.lucypowis.com
Autumn is a director, artist educator and consultant. She is the current Artistic and Executive Director of Littlewoodsmith, a theatre company that brings quality theatre performance and education to the Muskoka Region. Autumn holds an MFA from York University in Theatre Direction with an Emphasis on Teaching and is a conservatory trained actor (Oxford School of Drama/UK). Ms. Smith is a member of the Faculty at AMPD (York University) Centennial College and University of Toronto. As a director and educator Ms. Smith led the Dora Award winning company MacKenzieRo for over a 9 year period in addition to working with companies such as: The Shaw Festival, The Tarragon Theatre, Stratford Festival, National Ballet, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Paprika Festival, George Brown Theatre School, Stagedoor Manor in Association with the American Theatre Wing, StageWest Mississauga, Theatre 20, The Druid Theatre/Galway and the Oxford Playhouse/UK. Most recently, Autumn curated and directed Territorial Tales for Canadian Stage, Oh, What A Lovely War! for Hart House Theatre and is set to direct and choreograph Citronella for the Gravenhurst Opera House 2021 season. Autumn also has a musical theatre podcast that she co-hosts called Before the Downbeat.
In a failed attempt to escape Presto, Luke Reece left his hometown of Mississauga under the guise of becoming a Toronto-based artist. He is a theatre producer, playwright, spoken word poet, and arts educator. He is the Producer for Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company, Obsidian Theatre, and a Member of the Toronto Poetry Project. He continually seeks opportunities to empower and support young-in-craft artists with his collective Little Black Afro Theatre, creating spaces for artists to develop work with and for the communities they come from. Through his work as an artistic leader within the national arts community, he advocates for engaging and nuanced storytelling that challenges Canadian audiences. Luke is one of Toronto’s most decorated slam poets, becoming the Toronto Poetry Slam (TPS) Grand Champion in 2017, winning the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as the captain of the TPS team and then again in 2018 as the team coach. In 2018 he placed 2nd in Canada individually which earned him a spot representing the country at the 2019 World Cup of Poetry Slam in Paris France where he placed 4th. Most recently Luke has been featured performing for Toronto Raptor and NBA Champion Serge Ibaka on his Instagram Talent Show.
Your Fall “First Look”
Get your first look at all that York University has to offer. From programs to admission, students to campus life and everything in between, join us online for what is sure to be one of our best events of the year!
You will have the chance to connect directly with recruitment, current students and admissions.
DATE: October 3, 2020
TIME: 10 AM – 2 PM
Department of Theatre Information Week
October 19 – 23, 2020
Throughout the week, we will be posting about the Theatre program. This is your opportunity to peer into our spaces, see what our current students are working on, discover the experiential education we offer at York University, and learn what our alumni are up to today. Please register for our Webinar, and follow us @YorkuAMPD on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Join Professor and Department of Theatre Chair, Marlis Schweitzer, for a unique opportunity to discover more about the Theatre program and what makes York University a great place to study. You’ll come away feeling knowledgeable, welcomed and more confident about choosing your educational path.
Theatre: Students Only!
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 pm
Join us for and Instagram Live Event hosted by two current Theatre students. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage directly with our students, ask questions, and receive their unfiltered perspective of York University.
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The Ashley Plays @ Home
The Ashley Plays @ Home is a cycle of site-specific monodramas, written by Theatre@York’s 4290 playwrights, exploring the life of a character named Ashley. Each playwright has developed a different Ashley, reflecting their individual artistic voice. With the assistance of the 4290 dramaturgs as well as input from course director and project initiator Professor Judith Rudakoff, each playwright wrote a piece set in their bedroom in Spring 2020, during the height of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine. While the pieces do not tell the story of the pandemic, each play is in some way shaped by the given circumstances of this new reality.
The Ashley Plays @ Home will premiere on the York University – School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design YouTube channel at 1pm EST on Sunday, October 25th and will be available afterwards to watch indefinitely.
Playwrights (in order of appearance):
Garrett M. Ryan
Alexandra Belle Gaudet
Join us at Virtual Fall Campus Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to find out about our programs and what makes York University a great place to study Cinema & Media Arts, Computational Arts – Digital Media, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre and Visual Art & Art History. We will be available to chat with you about our programs, admissions information and student life!
DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2020
TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
We will also have the following webinars from 12:30pm-1:30pm:
Visual Art & Art History: Portfolio Workshop and Q&A Session
Professor Brandon Vickerd will provide a brief overview of our BFA Honours program, details about the application process, including guidance on how to compose a winning portfolio. The presentation will be followed by a question period.
Theatre: It’s All About Connection: Audition Technique Workshop
Connect with the material, with your audience, and with the moment.
In this audition workshop, we’ll explore movement, voice, script and character analysis, as well as exercises that can be effective for your warm-up and daily practice. With attention to choosing a monologue, preparation techniques, and strategies for ‘audition day’, we’ll examine how you can connect deeply with the material to ensure you are present and authentic on the big day, and engage in thoughtful reflection afterwards.
While registration is not required, it is an option. Registering gives you the chance to create a customized schedule for yourself for the day, combining activities in AMPD with York-wide info sessions and tours. Register on York’s Fall Campus Day website. We look forward to speaking with you!
Theatre@York presents hagsantigone 2020
You are cordially invited to the opening of the new and reimagined 2020-21 Theatre@York season. We are delighted to present:
The Antigone Play by Theatre & Performance Studies PhD candidate, Tabia Lau, directed by David Jansen. A contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ ANTIGONE. Tig is distraught to find that her Uncle Chris is making drastic changes to her family’s restaurant, which her beloved grandmother opened years ago as a recent immigrant and refugee. Outraged by what she sees as a betrayal of the family, Tig starts an online campaign to stand up to her uncle, save the legacy of the restaurant, and restore her family’s honour. As the campaign catches fire, Tig considers just how far she must go.
The Antigone Play opens on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30pm
HAGS by York Theatre alum, Aaron Jan, directed by David Jansen. A dark, rapid-fire comedy that explores the limits of forgiveness in vengeful millennials and Gen Zs. When a team of online activists gathers to recruit their newest member, the group is Zoom-bombed by the alt-right, leading to a night of violence and a settling of old scores. HAGS asks: how do we find satisfying justice in online spaces? When do we go too far in our pursuit of a better world?
HAGS opens on Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30pm
Tickets are free of charge. Online reservations for opening night, or any of the other performances, can be made at:
The Antigone Play: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-antigone-play-tickets-128502884587?aff=erelpanelorg
Once you register for your ticket at Eventbrite a confirmation message will pop up on your screen. Afterwards, you will receive a confirmation email 24 hours before the livestream begins including a one-time access Youtube link for the livestream.
For full program details and bios, please see: https://hagsantigone2020.wordpress.com/
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch
This Theatre@York online presentation challenges the ideas of sex, self-worth, work, responsibility, and much more, in relation to the female experience by deconstructing language, symbols and institutions of everyday life. Thanks to the hard work of MFA directors Mandy Roveda and Alison Wong, Performance Facilities, Work Study students, assistant directors, and the significant talents of the third-year conservatory actors, Birch’s irreverent text is truly transformed from the page to the screen in this breathtaking adaptation.
The play is set to stream:
• Thursday, January 21, 2021 – 7:00pm
• Friday, January 22, 2021 – 7:00pm
• Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 7:00pm
• Sunday, January 24, 2021 – 7:00pm
Tickets for specific performances are available as of Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
Tickets are free of charge.
“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.