Students new to the Department of Theatre have plenty of opportunities to get involved! From the first day, when you’ll meet the department’s faculty and staff in our orientation sessions in the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, you’ll be challenged to embrace a life in theatre and work with your peers on your own projects and productions for Theatre @ York. As part of the regularly scheduled Prime Time, you get information on deadlines, upcoming shows at York, Surprise! Surprise! theatre tickets, and the process of Next Steps to move from first year into the various areas of concentration in the Department of Theatre.
Even outside of classes, students have opportunities to connect with faculty, fellow students and alumni. Fine Arts presents Connect/Reconnect each Fall, and invites alumni from a broad range of disciplines within our field to return and speak about their experiences and to offer advice to our students. (See this story from the 2011 event)
Production/Design students in recent years have travelled with faculty and peers to the Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic. In 2011, 40 students and 5 faculty members presented as part of the festivities, planning, running aspects of the conference and presenting their work. In 2013, a team from production/design will head to Cardiff, Wales for World Stage Design, an exhibit of international performance design, hosted by OISTAT.
Fine Arts Summer Intensive
In the summer of 2012, the first Fine Arts Summer Intensive (FASI) was mounted: a series of workshops for high school and university students, emerging professionals and educators. Summer '13 included workshops in Advanced Lighting Technology, Stage Combat, Devised Theatre, Acting for Writers and Directors, The VJ Experience, Teaching Shakespeare, Sound Design, Suzuki Movement training, and two Acting Boot Camps. Look for another FASI to be planned for summer 2014!
Theatre Students Association
The goal and responsibility of the Theatre Students Association is, in essence, to represent the interests of Theatre Students. We try to encourage and coordinate services and activities which will enhance the University experience for students in the department, as well as the York University community as a whole.
The TSA fosters a sense of community within the department by encouraging the continuous interchange of ideas and mutual support among the department, staff and students of all departments as well as any other relevant parties. All
members safeguard and uphold the rights of individual students regardless of political affiliation, gender, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, class, age, or physical ability. We want to bridge the gap between years and streams, and encourage community gatherings and activities such as, for example, T.S.A. Nights @ the Ab and T.S.A. Coffee Houses.
How to get involved:
Students may contact T.S.A. co-presidents Melissa Buckley or Sarah (Sadie) Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the TSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/161886427169884/
Follow them on Twitter: @YorkTSA
TSA Blog: http://tsab2011.wordpress.com
TSA on YU-Connect: https://yorku.collegiatelink.net/organization/tsa
TSA on the new CASA website: http://creativestudents.ca/?page_id=450
Creative Arts Student Association
Representing students in all areas of the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Creative Arts Student Association (CASA) sponsors events throughout the year, including coffee houses in the Fireside Lounge every Wednesday with free coffee and themed snacks.
CASA also runs SOFA “Spotlight on Fine Arts”, which is now published electronically. See the SOFA blog at sofinearts.org.