Department of Theatre: Class of 2020 Gradzoomation Celebration
Jun 10 @ 11:30 am – Jul 15 @ 1:00 pm

Department of Theatre
Class of 2020
Gradzoomation Celebration

The Class of 2020 Gradzoomation Celebration is now available on YouTube.

Department of Theatre presents Solstice Cabaret
Jul 10 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm


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.

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Video Design by NATHAN BRUCE

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Theatre Devising Starter Kit: Tools to Create from Scratch
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 1:00 pm

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:
Contact: for more info


Guest Artist Biographies
Aaron Jan
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
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.

Autumn Smith
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.

Luke Reece
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.


Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto (October 24, 2020)
Oct 3 – Nov 21 all-day

Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto

Are you considering post-secondary studies in Design or Visual Art? Visit our virtual booth at National Portfolio Day in Toronto.

Please have a portfolio of your best work ready to receive one-on-one feedback from our faculty members.

Featured programs:
York University Visual Art – Studio Art – BFA
York Program in Design – BDes

Our professors are professional artists and designers who practice and exhibit their work internationally. They’ll be on hand to review your work and give you useful tips on perfecting your portfolio.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing your work!
Admission is free.

AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto
DATE: Saturday, October 24, 2020
TIME: 12-4pm (EST)

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AMPD Visual Art – Studio Art will also be present at the following dates/times:
Minneapolis: October 3, 2020 (10 AM -2 PM MST)
Boston: October 4, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Chicago: October 18, 2020 (11 AM – 3 PM EST)
Toronto/ New York/ Philadelphia: October 24, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Washington: November 1, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
West Michigan/ Grand Rapids: November 8, 2020- (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Vancouver: November 15, 2020 – (9 AM – 1 PM PST)
Cincinnati: November 21, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)

AMPD Design will also be present at the following dates/times:
Boston: October 4, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Chicago: October 18, 2020 (11 AM – 3 PM EST)
Toronto/ New York/ Philadelphia: October 24, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Washington: November 1, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Vancouver/ Seattle: November 15, 2020 – (9 AM – 1 PM PST)



York University: Your Fall “First Look”
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
York University: Your Fall "First Look" @ Virtual

York University
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 Design Information Week
Oct 5 – Oct 9 all-day

Department of Design Information Week
October 5 – 9, 2020

Throughout the week, we will be posting about the Design 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.

Design: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Department of Design professors David Cabianca and Gabi Schaffzin spoke about what makes Design at York the top destination to study design in Canada. They offer an overview of the program with examples of student work that demonstrate the hands-on learning and professional skills that make our graduates highly employable. Watch now, and you’ll come away feeling knowledgeable and more confident about choosing your educational pathway in design.

Design: Students Only!
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 pm
Instagram Live

Join us for and Instagram Live Event hosted by current Design students. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage directly with our students, ask questions, and receive their unfiltered perspective of York University. Highly recommended!


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Department of Theatre Information Week
Oct 19 – Oct 23 all-day

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.

Theatre: Webinar
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
Instagram Live

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
Oct 25 @ 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
The Ashley Plays @ Home @ YouTube

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
Erin Dagenais
Alexandra Belle Gaudet
Cadence Bishop
Connor Williamson
Shaughn Clutchey
Samantha Uhl
Sydney Sziraky
Melanie Thompson

Gunes Agduk
Alexandra Gouvis
Sara Masciotra-Milstein
Julia Murphy
Madeline Vogelaar

Virtual Open House – Design at York
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Virtual Open House – Design at York you will learn what it takes to create a successful portfolio with one-on-one feedback from our expert design educators. You might have questions like:

  • What work should I include in my portfolio?
  • What is the York BDes looking for in a portfolio?
  • How will my portfolio be evaluated?
  • Is the process for the portfolio review different this year?
  • What else is involved in the York BDes application?

You will have an opportunity to meet with our professors one-to-one and discuss your portfolio. Enjoy a virtual tour of our facilities and chat with current design students to find out why York University’s Bachelor of Design Honours degree has set the bar for design education in Canada.

REGISTER and don’t miss Design at York’s Virtual Open House.
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Systems Thinking & Creative Strategy with Douglas Davis
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Design at York presents a public talk with Brooklyn-based designer, educator and author Douglas Davis. REGISTER and come join us. All are welcome!

Douglas’s expertise spans advertising, design, and business education and has found an international audience by presenting his tools on combining the three to produce more effective creative business solutions.

He is a former co-chair of AIGA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce and regularly contributes to the business of design discourse in, Applied Arts, and The European Business Review.

In 2011 Douglas founded The Davis Group LLC and continues to offer strategic solutions to client branding, digital, and design problems. In addition to client work, Douglas leverages his professional experience to inspire high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

In 2016, Douglas wrote his first book Creative Strategy and the Business of Design, a title currently being translated by Beijing Normal University.



Virtual Fall Campus Day
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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 ArtsComputational Arts – Digital MediaDanceDesignMusicTheatre 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
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 29 @ 9:30 pm

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:

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:

Designing for Sovereign Nations – Workshop and Public Talk with Sadie Red Wing
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Designing for Sovereign Nations – Workshop and Public Talk with Sadie Red Wing

Headshot of Sadie Red Wing.

Public Talk – Designing for Sovereign Nations
Jan 8; 3:30 – 5pm EST 

[Zoom and Youtube Live]

Sadie Red Wing ( is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as, encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum. Currently, Red Wing serves as a Student Success Coach for American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO) where she specializes in student retention and resource building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces.

Workshop – [Jan 8 ; 2 – 3 pm EST] [Zoom]
Participants to the workshop can opt to receive a physical package by post (the Anti-Anxiety Delivery Service), which will include a set of instructions that will direct ways in which you can re-think physical space and engage the senses commonly detached in digital realms.  During the workshop we will be discussing these experiences through the lens of indigenous material culture and visual sovereignty.
[All package contents will be sanitized and handled with gloves prior to delivery]

To RSVP please email

This event is part of the Regeneration: All Our Relations series organized through Sensorium: The Centre for Digital Art and Technology and is co-organized by the Department of Design.  

How Artifacts Afford with Jenny L. Davis, PhD
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brought to you by the Department of Design, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design


Technologies are intrinsically social. They reflect human values and affect human behaviour. The social dynamics of technology materialize through design features that shape how a technology functions and to what effect. The shaping effects of technology are represented in scholarly fields by the concept of “affordances.”

Affordances are the ways design features enable and constrain user engagement and social action. This has been a central construct for designers and technology theorists since foundational statements on the topic from JJ Gibson and Don Norman in the 1970s and 80s. With the rise of digitization and widespread automation, “affordance” has entered common parlance and resurged within academic discourse and debate.

Davis provides a conceptual update on affordance theory along with a cogent scaffold that shifts the orienting question from what technologies afford, to how technologies afford, for whom, and under what circumstances?

“How Artifacts Afford” introduces the mechanisms and conditions framework of affordances in which technologies request, demand, encourage, discourage, refuse, and allow social action, varying across subjects and circumstances. Underlying thesemechanisms and conditions framework is a sharp focus on the politics and power encoded in sociotechnical systems.

In this timely theoretical reboot, Davis brings clarity to the affordance concept, situates the concept within a broader history of technology studies, and demonstrates how the mechanisms and conditions framework can serve as a transferrable tool of inquiry, critique, and (re)design.

Jenny L. Davis is a sociologist at the Australian National University. She works at the intersection of social psychology and technology studies. She is the author of How Artifacts Afford: The Power and Politics of Everyday Things (MIT Press 2020). Jenny is Co-Director of the Role-Taking Project, Director of the Pause Project, Chief Investigator on the Humanising Machine Intelligence team, serves on the board for Theorizing the Web, co-edits the Cyborgology blog, and serves as Chair-Elect for the Communication, Information, Technologies and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS).


Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm

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.