The Devised Theatre Festival premieres four riveting new collaborative productions — each conceived, created, produced and performed by fourth-year students in Devised Theatre in the Department of Theatre’s Performance Creation & Research program.
Each show is presented by a production company formed by a student ensemble within Devised Theatre.
The four shows are dead skin, a grotesque and physical exploration of the darkness within by Four Eyes Collective; #Filters, which challenges the way we connect on a daily basis by Transcendence Theatre; Refraction, a supernatural thriller where a woman is confronted by her past by Catapulse Collective; and After George, a revealing drama which plays out inside a high school anniversary reunion by Atomic Oddity Productions.
The Devised Theatre Festival runs in two series, each presenting a double bill:
Mon March 11 – 7.30 PM: PREVIEWS/INVITED DRESS Series A: dead skin – #Filters
Tues March 12 – 7.30 PM: PREVIEW/INVITED DRESS Series B: Refraction – After George
Wed March 13 – 7.30 PM: OPENING Series A: dead skin – #Filters
Thu March 14 – 7.30 PM: OPENING Series B: Refraction – After George
Fri March 15 – 4:00 PM: Matinee Series A: dead skin – #Filters
Fri March 15 – 8:00 PM: Series B: Refraction – After George
Sat March 16 – 3:00 PM: CLOSING Matinee Series B: Refraction – After George
Sat March 16 – 7:30 PM: CLOSING Series A: dead skin – #Filters
Venue: Begin in the Festival Lounge space in Accolade East Building room 209 to sign in, shows will take place in ACE 207.
Admission: Pay What You Can. Suggested $10.
For full details about the shows, the production companies, the artists, and blog posts, visit the Devised Theatre Festival website.
Theatre @ York presents Orlando by Sarah Ruhl, directed by MFA candidate Lindsay Bell and The Balcony by Jean Genet, directed by MFA candidate Margaret Legere. The two shows will be performed in repertory and feature the MFA and fourth-year actors.
Orlando is a dramatic adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s feminist classic by contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl. It investigates the adventures of a poet who changes sex from man to woman and lives for centuries, meeting the key figures of English literary history.
The Balcony uses the setting of an unnamed city and a distant background of a revolution and counterrevolution to explore strains of power in a society. The play compelling examines the delicate equilibrium of reality and illusion.
Sunday, March 24 at 7:30pm (Preview)
Tuesday, March 26 at 7:30pm (Opening)
Wednesday, March 27 at 1:00pm
Friday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 30 at 1:00pm
Monday, March 25 at 7:30pm (Preview)
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30pm (Opening)
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 29 at 1:00pm
Saturday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Tickets $7- 20
Buy online or call 416-736-5888
Scenes by Design, the annual showcase exhibition of the Department of Theatre, 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.
Wed. March 27: 11am – 8pm Opens with 2019/20 Season Announcement
Thur. March 28: 11am – 8pm
Fri. March 29: 11am-8pm
Admission is free and all are welcome.
“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”
Anna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.
Admission is free; all welcome.
The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.
Hello future class of 2023! Got questions? Get answers at Spring Open House on the Keele campus.
Starting at 10am, York will have current students, staff and professors on hand to chat about admissions, programs, financial and learning supports plus show you around and make you experience what it actually feels like to join the Lion’s Pride.
For more info and to sign up visit:futurestudents.yorku.ca/spring-open-house
Special AMPD Programming
11:30am – 12:30pm
AMPD Students in Conversation with the Dean
Accolade West (ACW) 109
Hear about life in AMPD as told by students in this conversation with the Dean. Find out what makes AMPD unique and hear about the opportunities students experience inside and outside the classroom.
10 – 11am and 12:30 – 1:30pm
Tour AMPD’s world-class facilities
Accolade West (ACW) Lobby
Go behind the scenes on a tour of our workshops, labs, theatres, studios, performance spaces and more!
Join Us For YESfest: A New Work Performance Festival April 24 to 28 at the Theatre Centre.
presented by the York University Theatre Program in collaboration with the MFA and BFA performer creation students.
After George by:Atomic Oddity
April 24: 9PM | April 25: 6PM | April 27: 1PM
What is the Water? by: Gülce Oral
April 24: 7:30PM | April 27: 7PM | April 28: 1PM
Mad Girl’s Love Song by: Mallory Fisher
April 25: 9PM | April 25: 7PM | April 27: 8:30PM
Eat Me directed by: Desirée Leverenz, Performed by: The Orange Girls
April 25: 7:30PM | April 27: 10PM | April 28: 4PM
Lost Fool by: Jason Hildebrand
April 26: 8:30PM | April 27: 2:30PM | April 28: 2:30PM
Mycelia, Mi.Mu and the Future of Music: a keynote by Imogen Heap
Please join us for a keynote talk, followed by Q&A conversation, with internationally-acclaimed musician Imogen Heap. The talk will include Heap’s thoughts on the future of music, ranging from her new blockchain-based project Mycelia for artist/music rights to her Mi.Mu interactive glove-instrument.
Attendees are also strongly encouraged to stay for a Creative Passport workshop hosted by Imogen and the Mycelia group from 2:00-4:30pm in the same room, focused on their new blockchain-based approach to digital rights management for artists. Snacks and coffee will be provided between the keynote and workshop. Please sign up for the workshop here:
Time/Date: May 18th
Keynote: 11:30am – 1:00pm
Workshop: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Transmedia Lab, 103 Accolade West Building, York University
Presented by the DisPerSion Lab, Mycelia4Music and Patrick Twaddle
Special Thanks to the Departments of Music and Computational Arts
London based recording artist Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, one as Frou Frou (with Guy Sigsworth), and collaborating with Jeff Beck, Mika and Josh Groban amongst others, Heap has penned tracks for movies, TV shows and produced the score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, winning the ‘Outstanding Music in a Play’ Drama Desk Award.
Counting 5 Grammy nominations, winning one for engineering and another for her contribution to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, Heap also received an Ivor Novello Award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer award, the MPG Inspiration Award and an honorary Doctorate of Technology for her MI.MU gloves work: a ground-breaking gestural music making system.
In 2014 she envisioned a flourishing music industry ecosystem through Mycelia and released ‘Tiny Human’, the first song to use smart contracts on a blockchain.
Creating an artist-led, fair and sustainable decentralized ecosystem, Mycelia’s ‘The Creative Passport’ provides an ID for music makers to connect digitally with the music industry.With three world tours, sold out Royal Albert Hall and Greek Theatre shows and thousands of 5* reviews, last September Heap embarked on a year-long music and technology world tour.
Come and tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about why we attract top students from all over the world. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) tour takes 45 minutes to one hour, and is guided by a current student.
The tours will be departing from the Student Information Centre, located on the first floor of the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre.
Looking for a tour?
The schedule will be announced in the end of September!
Free and open to the public, the Ontario University Fair is the only event where you can interact with all 21 universities in Ontario in one place. Come meet York AMPD professors, students and admissions representatives. We can answer your questions about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more.
Visit the OUF website to register in advance for an OUF Passport!
September 27 to 29, 2019
10 am to 5 pm daily
[caption id="attachment_99589" align="alignright" width="263"] The Ashley Plays. Photo: Judith Rudakoff[/caption]
The Ashley Plays is an annual performance cycle of short, devised, site-specific monodramas, written by the playwrights and developed by the dramaturgs in the 3290 and 4290 Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy courses taught by Professor Judith Rudkoff in York University’s Department of Theatre.
Each piece in the cycle is thematically linked, relates to the site in which it takes place, and involves a character named Ashley,
The audience is divided into three pods of moving spectators. Each group is led through the cycle by a guide to experience the monodramas up close.
Audience members are asked to assemble outside the Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre in the lobby of the Centre for Film and Centre. Please arrive by 12:45 pm for instructions and to be grouped into pods.
While admission is free, voluntary donations will be collected for Oxfam Unwrapped, an online charity from which we will be purchasing life-changing resources for communities worldwide.
Presented by MFA Directing Candidates, Mandy Roveda and Philip Geller, featuring the 3rd year acting conservatory, Iphigenia 2.0 by Charles Mee is a modern reimagining of the Greek tragedy, Iphigenia in Aulis. Stuck in between a hastily prepared, royal wedding and an army on the verge of war, Iphigenia weathers a storm of deception before finally taking her destiny into her own hands. This show tests the strength of loyalty and duty to family, friends, and country in an unsparing environment.
October 31 – 7:00 PM
November 1 – 2:00 PM | 7:00 PM
November 2 – 7:00 PM
CFT 139: Centre for Film and Theatre
Admission is free. Signup sheet is posted outside the studio door.
Toasterlab is delighted to announce our first Mixed Reality Performance Symposium, hosted by the Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University. The event is free and open to the public!
This event is free and open to the public! REGISTER HERE
The Mixed Reality Performance Symposium: York is the first of six symposiums hosted by mixed reality producers Toasterlab, and will explore extended and mixed reality performance. Artists and new media creators will share modes of working and recent successes in VR, AR, and immersive theatre. Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier is a two-year deep dive into the current mixed reality methods used by theatre and performance makers across Canada and the U.S. The full program is forthcoming. We’re excited to see you there!
- After Dan Graham – David Han, York University (Toronto)
- Albion VR Project – Erin Brandenburg, Kitchenband (Toronto)
- Blue Hour/36Q – Blue Hour/36Q, Paul Cegys, Project Leader (Waterloo / Prague)
- Bury the Wren – Beth Kates, Playground Studios (Calgary/Toronto)
- Jacqueiries – Jacob Niedzwiecki (Toronto/Calgary)
- Groundworks – Dancing Earth Creations: Groundworks (San Francisco)
- HistArch3D – Harrison Forsyth, York University (Toronto)
- Parkway Forest VR – Friends of Parkway Forest Park, Toasterlab (Toronto)
- Public2 – Jane Gotch Dance, Jane Gotch, Choreographer (Toronto/Kansas City)
- Remember Me – Sharon Reshef (Toronto / Prague)
- The Stranger 2.0 – Dopolavoro Teatrale (DLT), Daniele Bartolini, Artistic Director (Toronto)
- TrailOff – Swim Pony, Adrienne Mackey, Artistic Director (Philadelphia)
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a beloved feminist revisioning of two of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, Othello and Romeo & Juliet. Written by Canadian playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, the play explores the hypothetical question: what if Shakespeare’s tragedies were actually intended to be comedies? To learn the answer to this question, please join us November 16-23 in the Joseph G. Green Theatre to find out.
Sat, Nov. 16 (preview 1) @ 7:30 pm
Sun. Nov. 17 (preview 2) @ 7:30 pm
Tues. Nov. 19 (Opening) @ 7:30 pm
Wed. Nov. 20 @ 1:00 pm
Wed. Nov. 20 (Relaxed Performance) @ 7:30 pm –Plan your visit
Thurs. Nov. 21@ 7:30 pm
Fri. Nov. 22 @ 1:00 pm
Fri. Nov. 22 @ 7:30pm
Sat. Nov. 23 @ 2:00 pm
Tickets $7- 20
Online Box Office or call 416-736-5888
Are you thinking about pursuing post-secondary studies in the visual, performing, digital or media arts?
Join us at 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.
Professors, staff and some of the outstanding students currently in our programs will be on hand to share information and answer your questions. You’ll come away feeling knowledgeable, welcomed and more confident about choosing your educational path.
[caption id="attachment_101903" align="alignnone" width="642"] Come see us on Fall Campus Day![/caption]
Information sessions for the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design will be held in the Accolade West Building at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Tours of our studios, labs, performance and exhibition facilities are offered at 11:30 am and 2 pm.
Our Visual Art and Design programs are also offering portfolio reviews on a drop-in basis from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. Bring a portfolio of your best work for a friendly, no-strings-attached, one-on-one consultation with one of our visual art or design professors.
General campus tours and info sessions about York’s student services, admissions, financial support, residence and campus life will also be available.
For more information, maps and directions, and the full agenda for the day, visit futurestudents.yorku.ca/fallcampusday.
Admission is free, and family and friends are welcome.
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. Look for the Register Now box on York’s Fall Campus Day website.
We look forward to meeting you!