The 4th year Devised Theatre class has been working all year to bring you 3 exceptional, completely devised theatrical pieces, in March 2014. The class of 30 has been split up into 3 theatre companies working towards creating their own individual show for the DTF. A 4th group, called the Meta Group, will be focusing on areas of Production, Hair and Makeup, Fundraising and Publicity, as well as providing fresh opinions to the companies, becoming an "outside eye". The 3 companies are the afterimage collective, Theatre P.O.V, and Theatre Orenda. For more information, see the DTF page.
The U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology has just announced that Peter McKinnon’s book World Scenography 1975-1990 has won the Golden Pen Award for 2013 as the most significant book on stage design and technology in the world last year. The award will be presented to him and his co-editor, Eric Fielding, in Fort Worth, Texas in March. And volume II will come out late this summer.
Director/creator and part-time faculty member Allyson McMackon (MFA Acting 1992), artistic director of Theatre Rusticle, revisits her crucially acclaimed and dynamically imaginative work. The Stronger Variations is an icily whimsical show inspired by August Strindberg's 1888 playette, The Stronger. Following the musical structure of a "theme and variation," the show offers viewpoints on what happens when a husband or wife meets their partner’s mistress or lover one Christmas Eve. Previews November 10 & 11, with evening shows Tues – Saturday Nov 12 – 16 at 7:30 p.m., and matinées Weds. Nov. 13 & Fri. Nov. 15 at 1:00 p.m. Box Office or call 416-736-5888.
Featuring the work of our MFA in Stage Direction in collaboration with Canadian Stage students, Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew drew all-time high record numbers of attendees. “We were doubly thrilled to share the directorial talents of Ker Wells and Ted Witzel" said Matthew Jocelyn, artistic & general director, Canadian Stage. Also, this week brings two new students to the program, Estelle Shook, former artistic director of Caravan Farm Theatre in BC, and Matjash Mrozewski, an internationally acclaimed ballet choreographer. For more on this story, see Canadian Stage's Press Release.
This month, actor Aris Athanasopoulos (BFA 2007) will be playing Spinoza in New Jerusalem by David Ives at the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. In this spotlight, Aris shares stories of his career so far and his thoughts on what made his time at York special. While he's at it, he's got some great advice for current students, those about to graduate and recent alums.
Don Rubin, whose specialization is Theatre Studies—in particular aesthetics, criticism, Canadian theatre, and modern drama—has been teaching in the Dept. of Theatre since it's very first days. He sat down to discuss his work, how he came to York, and the response to the conference on the Shakespeare Authorship Question that he hosted this Fall.
Alumni (BA/BFA 2012) Susannah Mackay, Eric Welch, Blue Bigwood-Mallin and Max Tepper formed the Coyote Collective in 2012, after graduating from the Creative Ensemble and, for Tepper, the Acting Program. They catch up to tell us about the making of their company, their time at York, and their next production, Labour .
Photos from John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera," directed by Gwen Dobie—this photo set features images of students from the Departments of Theatre, Dance, and Music in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Photos by: Jeremy Mimnaugh.
Student Laura Krause has made a video of the Wardrobe Crew busily assembling the costumes for The Beggar's Opera which opens this week at York's Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre. With designs by Celine Moniz, the crew battles the clock to build the costumes in time for Dress Rehearsal, Preview and Opening Night. See the Video Now!