Events

Nov
17
Sat
Theatre@York presents rochdale
Nov 17 – Nov 24 all-day

Rochdale promo photo by Jeremy Mimnagh

50 years since its founding, Theatre @ York opens the 2018-2019 season with the premiere of rochdalea new play by David Yee under the direction of Nina Lee Aquino, featuring the fourth-year acting ensemble.

Opened in 1968, Rochdale College was an experiment in student-run alternative education and co-operative living. The project ultimately failed when it could not cover its financing and neighbours complained that it had become a haven for drugs and crime.

“We are delighted to open our season with a new Canadian play that embraces the same spirit of experimentation and social advocacy that guided the founding of the Department of Theatre at York 50 years ago,” commented department chair Marlis Schweitzer. David Yee and Nina Lee Aquino have collaborated on a play that not only gives voice to the youth, energy, and passion of the 1960s but also resonates with students today. We are incredibly fortunate to have such Canadian innovators kick off this season, as we reflect on the past 50 years and look ahead to the future.”

David Yee is a Canadian actor, playwright and the artistic director of fu-Gen Theatre Company. His play carried away on the crest of a wave won the 2015 Governor General Award.

Nina Lee Aquino is an award-winning director and dramaturge, and the Artistic Director of Factory Theatre. She is committed to the development of new works, and to the manifestation of interculturalism in theatre.

Performance Schedule:

7:30 p.m. on November 17, 19-23
1:00 p.m. on November 21 & 23
2 p.m. on November 24

Tickets $7- 20

Online Box Office  or call 416-736-5888

Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
Nov
21
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University R&B Ensemble
Nov 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Professor Ron Westray directs the York University R&B Ensemble in a show-stopping performance of soul and funk music.

The concert will feature the music of Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and many other great artists.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Nov
23
Fri
Vocal Masterclass with mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó
Nov 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó leads a masterclass with young singers from the classical vocal performance studios of York music faculty members Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, Norma Burrowes and Karen Rymal.

Observers are welcome at the masterclass, but please use discretion when entering and exiting the hall.

Maps & Directions

Hungarian-Canadian mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó has become highly sought after in both North America and Europe as an artist of supreme musicianship and stagecraft. The Chicago Tribune exclaimed, “Krisztina Szabó stole her every scene with her powerful, mahogany voice and deeply poignant immersion in the empress’ plight” after her performance of Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea. She made her Lincoln Center début as Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Mostly Mozart Festival where she was praised in the New York Times for being “clear, strong, stately and an endearingly vulnerable Dorabella.” In her hometown of Toronto, Canada, she has been nominated twice for a Dora Award for Outstanding Female Performance.

In the 2017-18 season, Krisztina Szabó will make her Royal Opera and Netherlands Opera débuts in George Benjamin’s new opera, Lessons in Love and Violence. She will also appear as Angel/Marie in Benjamin’s Written on Skin for both Opera Philadelphia and the Holland Festival, and as Dido in both Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Aeneas and Dido (James Rolfe) with Toronto Masque Theatre, Toronto. She will appear in concert with Pax Christi Chorale (Bruckner’s Te Deum), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder), Arion Baroque Orchestra (Bach Mass in A Major), Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (Sokolovic’s Pesma), and she will be soloist in Händel’s Messiah with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra , Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Early Music. In March 2018, she will début a new song cycle by Jeffrey Ryan with Canadian Art Song Project in recital with pianist, Steven Philcox.

Photo by: Bo Huang

Dec
6
Thu
Winters Frolic: Havana Nights
Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Winters Frolic: Havana Nights @ Winters Dining Hall 001, Winters College

We are excited to bring you a new tradition to celebrate the end of a semester, and another year. The first ever “Winters Frolic” at Winters College, with a theme of “Havana Nights”! A formal dinner party event where Cuban-inspired dinner and drinks will be served along with exciting performances by both musicians and dancers. We will be raffling away fantastic prizes, with all proceeds going towards our Winters College student scholarships and funds. Follow us on Instagram: @WintersCollege for a sneak peek of the big day and the prizes we will be raffling off!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE

Jan
24
Thu
Theatre@York presents Middletown
Jan 24 – Jan 26 all-day

 

Jackie Maxwell headshotTheatre @ York  presents Middletown by Will Eno, featuring the acting students in the MFA program and directed by the esteemed Jackie Maxwell.

Lives of the inhabitants of Middletown transect in an emotional journey that takes them from the local library to outer space and beyond. The moving and funny play emerges as a meditation on loneliness, birth, death, and the anxieties of our contemporary lives.

 

 

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, January 24 7:30pm Opening

Friday, January 25 2pm & 7:30pm

Saturday, January 26, 2pm

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are invited to sign up online in advance for the performance of their choice
Jan
29
Tue
Nachos Night with the Head of Winters College
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nachos Night with the Head of Winters College @ Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop

Come to the Absinthe Pub & Coffee Shop and get to know your Head of Winters College, John Mayberry, over some tasty nachos – on us! Enjoy an evening of nachos, trivia and good conversations.

Jan
31
Thu
Winters Café
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Winters Café @ Junior Common Room, 012 Winters College

We’re bringing Central Perk to you! Enjoy a tasty beverage, something sweet and a few performances at this semester’s first Winters Café.

Winters Café is a cozy environment where you can chill out and listen to a variety of performers: musicians, comedians, playwrights, poets – you name it! Board games and good fun is also encouraged.

Interested in performing? Sign up here!

Feb
7
Thu
Theatre @ York presents Metamorphoses
Feb 7 – Feb 9 all-day

Birgit Schreyer Duarte HeadshotTheatre @ York presents a studio production of Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman under the direction of Birgit Schreyer Duarte, featuring the third year acting students.

With the themes of loss, transformation, rebellion and the ever-present power of imagination Metamorphoses vividly juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of story in the face of inevitable change.

Originally from Germany, Schreyer Duarte is a director, translator and dramaturg who enjoys introducing international work to Canadian audiences and tackling challenging scripts with actors. Most recently, she translated Deportation Cast for Theatre @ York, directed Noise at Randolph College for the Performing Arts and Hamlet at Shakespeare in High Park. She is also the dramaturg & artistic associate at Canadian Stage.

 

Performance Schedule:
Thu. Feb 7, 7:30pm
Fri. Feb 8, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sat. Feb 9, 2pm

Admission is free, but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend are invited to sign up in advance for the performance of their choice. A sign-up sheet will be posted outside the door of CFT 139 in the Centre for Film and Theatre.

Feb
12
Tue
playGround: 26th annual fringe festival of new plays in development
Feb 12 – Feb 15 all-day

 

playground 2019 posterCreated and produced by undergraduate students in the Department of Theatre; this annual, student-produced fringe fest features new, original works collaborated on and created by young playwrights, devisers, designers, and directors.

Keeping the “play” in playGround, this year creators were challenged with an image inspiration along with the theme “everything but the drama…” Encouraging a plethora of passion projects, this year the festival features a wide range of genre bending works that push boundaries and take risks.

 

 

 

playGround runs in two series, each featuring six short works

SERIES A
Tues. Feb. 12, 7:00 pm
Wed. Feb. 13, 7:00 pm
Fri. Feb. 15, 2:00 pm

On the program:
A Friend of Dorothy
Concealer
Finger Painting
Post-Pracki
Spitting Image
The Untitled Bread Project

SERIES B
Wed. Feb. 13, 2:00 pm
Thurs. Feb. 14, 7:00 pm
Fri. Feb. 15, 7:00 pm

On the program:
A Working Class Child
Dice, Daggers, and Darkness
Let’s Have an Orgy!
Our American Dream
Piccolo’s Pasticcio
She² & He²

Admission: $7 per series.

Box Office: online or tel. 416.736.5888.
Seating is limited and performances often sell out in advance. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Map & Directions

Mar
11
Mon
Devised Theatre Festival
Mar 11 – Mar 17 all-day

Group shot of the Devised Theatre Festival teamThe 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.

 

Mar
24
Sun
Theatre@York presents Orlando and The Balcony in repertory
Mar 24 – Mar 30 all-day

Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan TheatreTheatre @ 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.

Performance Schedule:

Orlando 
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

The Balcony
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

Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
Mar
27
Wed
Scenes by Design: Exhibition of Stage Design
Mar 27 – Mar 29 all-day

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.

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The exhibition features original set designs and maquettes, costumes, props, scene painting, renderings, drawings and lighting design by students in the production/design area.

Exhibition Hours:
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.

Music @ Midday: York University R&B Ensemble
Mar 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Professor Ron Westray directs the York University R&B Ensemble in a show-stopping performance of soul and funk music.

The concert will feature the music of Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and many other great artists.

Admission is free and open to everyone.

Nov
16
Sat
Theatre@York presents Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
Nov 16 – Nov 23 all-day

Coulorful collage featuring a Elizabethan woman on the left, a luminant sky on the right, and a glowing brain in the centre

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.

Performance Schedule:

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

Sold-out Show Advisory:  Cash only Rush Seats are usually available at the door for sold out shows. If the show is sold out, please check back as seats may become available.  There is NO GUARANTEE that seats will come available and the timing of seats coming available varies. We recommend booking early & coming early!
Nov
27
Wed
Music @ Midday: York University R&B Ensemble
Nov 27 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Professor Mike Cadó directs the York University R&B Ensemble in a show-stopping performance of soul and funk music.

The concert will feature the music of Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power and many other great artists.

Admission is free and open to everyone.