CRITICALLY KINAESTHETIC: PERFORMING BODIES OF POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT (yupta.ca) is the third annual York University Theatre & Performance Studies graduate student symposium, in collaboration with the Graduate Programs in Dance and Dance Studies, April 15–16, 2014. This interdisciplinary symposium will examine the body as both expressive, and generative, of political meaning. This symposium is presented in collaboration with the Performance Studies (Canada) Speaker Series, through which we welcome Erin Manning who will be delivering her keynote address “Choreographing the Political.”
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 .
A gallery of photos from "ROAD" by Jim Cartwright, directed by faculty member Mark Wilson, featuring the graduating Acting ensemble, and students from all levels of Production and Design. Photos by Jeremy Mimnaugh.
Students from the 2nd year Devised Theatre class have created a video of highlights from their Community Theatre Project.