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Slideshow: ROAD

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... More

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2nd Year Devised Theatre Trailer

Students from the 2nd year Devised Theatre class have created a video of highlights from their Community Theatre Project. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Aris Athanasopoulos

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... More

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Slideshow: “The Beggar’s Opera

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:... More

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Video: Wardrobe Crew Never Sleeps Trailer

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... More

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Spotlight on Faculty: Don Rubin

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... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Coyote Collective

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.... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Claire Armstrong

Claire Armstrong graduated from the Devised Theatre program eight years ago, and has been working successfully as an actor and producer. Her recent project, After Miss Julie played to rave reviews from critics... More

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Video: “The Painted Skin”

Fairchild TV aired a clip about The Painted Skin, by the Nanning Cantonese Opera Troupe that played the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre on Sept. 10 and 11. (Note: the clip is in Mandarin but you can get a... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Bryan Demore

Actor, Director, Producer Bryan Demore (BFA 2009) is back in Toronto working on Enda Walsh's Disco Pigs this month. He talks with us out his experiences since leaving York, and about how to hustle in order to... More

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Behind the Scenes: 3rd Year Devised Theatre Unmounteds Videos

In these videos, we go behind the scenes with the makers of the Third year Devised Theatre Class' Fall Unmounted shows, which play November 5 at 7:30 p.m. in ACE 207 & 209. More

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Behind the Scenes: “The Stronger Variations”

In this slideshow, photographer Jeremy Mimnagh went behind the scenes in the shops and in the onstage rehearsals to capture the students of York's Dept of Theatre creating our first show of the season, The... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Owais Lightwala

Owais Lightwala (BFA Theatre 2012) is Artistic Producer at Why Not Theatre, and has also worked as a technician, lighting designer, graphic designer, and sometimes as a Dora-nominated actor. He's done a lot... More

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“Tough!” Slideshow

Photos from "Tough!" directed by Estelle Shook, Matjash Mrozewski, Jamie Robinson and Autumn Smith. Featuring the actors of the 3rd year BFA Acting class. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jillian Niedoba

Actor Jillian Niedoba (BFA Acting 2006) looks back to her time at York, and how the culture here set her up for the working world of the professional actor's life. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Matt Marshall

Creative Director Matt Marshall (BA Theatre 2010) works in Digital Media and game design. He fills us in on what he's been up to since graduating, and shares with us his insights on the York Theatre student... More

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Spotlight on Faculty: Interview with Ian Garrett

Designer, producer, administrator and York Theatre professor Ian Garrett discusses sustainability and his work this summer in Cardiff, Wales and Edinburgh, Scotland, and the impact his research is having on... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jack Grinhaus

Jack Grinhaus (BA Hons Theatre – 1994-96,2005-06 / MFA Acting – 2007-09) took a long time to complete his first degree at York, and then returned and completed his MFA 15 years later. He's now Artistic... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Nina Arsenault

Performer, playwright and 2012 Bryden Award Winner ("Redefine the Possible") Nina Arsenault speaks candidly about her experience at York, pre- and post- her gender transition, and some of the people from York... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Mel Hague

Dramaturge Mel Hague (BA Theatre 2009, MFA Playwriting and New Play Dramaturgy 2011) works with established and emerging playwrights for companies such as Obsidian, fu-Gen, and The Shaw Festival. She shares... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Albert Tam

Albert Tam (BFA Production 2011) has worked behind the scenes at the Banff Centre, and as part of the York staff, coordinating the Fine Arts Summer Intensive. Now studying for an MBA, Albert hopes to work in... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Litmus Theatre

Claire Wynveen, Matt Walker and Adriano Sobretodo Jr. (MFA Acting 2009) joined forced to create Litmus Theatre, their company shortly after graduating, and produced the sold-out run, site-specific show... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Sue Edworthy

Sue Edworthy (BFA 1995) has worked in the non-profit performing arts for over a decade and a half and is a self-described city enthusiast. Her passion for the performing arts has led her to stints as a... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Anusree Roy

Award-winning actor/playwright Anusree Roy (BA Theatre 2006) has strong, forceful advice for those about to graduate from York: WORK WORK WORK, and APPLY TO EVERYTHING! She takes a break from her busy writing... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Andy Cheng

Andy Cheng (MFA Dramaturgy 2009) works as a dramaturg, playwright, actor and stand-up comic. We chased him down to get his take on life at York, and life beyond it. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Elizabeth Bradley

Elizabeth Bradley (BFA 1976) is the former Chair of Drama (and is now an Arts Professor) at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in New York. In this spotlight, she shares what she's been up to... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Sarah Jurgens

Sarah Jurgens (BFA Acting 2009) has done mostly TV and film work since graduating. Her production company, with classmate Sasha Singer-Wilson, the blood projects, produced Singer-Wilson's first play at the... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Cherissa Richards

Cherissa Richards (MFA Acting 2009) has been busy working around the country, including a two year stint at the Shaw Festival, since she completed her 2 year degree at York. She urges students entering the... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Dave Deveau

Playwright, Dramaturg, Playwriting Teacher and Producer Dave Deveau (BA Creative Ensemble/Playwriting 2005) catches up with us to tell us about his company, ZeeZee Theatre, and his busy theatrical life in... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Tanya Palmer

Tanya Palmer (MFA Playwriting 2000) is the Director of New Play Development at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. She talks with us about her journey to the Goodman, and her experience as a grad student at York. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jeff Giles

Actor Jeff Giles (BFA Acting 2006) talks about his experience as a performer in musical theatre—having starred in 7 productions of Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story all over Canada—and shares some intimate... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Natasha Ladouceur

Natasha Ladouceur (BFA 2008 Acting) hasn't been acting since she graduated—she works as a Criminal Court Registrar at the Superior Court of Justice in downtown Toronto. But she says that her acting training... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Shaina Silver-Baird

Shaina Silver-Baird (BFA Acting 2011) has been busy in the past two years since graduating, performing in Festivals, for Shakespeare in Action, and in three bands, too! She shares with us her experiences so... More

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Theatre Parallax takes “KATA” to Cardiff

A group of York Theatre alumni and students are taking KATA, the show they originally created for their third-year devised theatre class, to Wales for the World Stage Design Festival 2013. Elyssia Sasaki... More

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“Taming of the Shrew” Image Gallery

Photos from MFA Director Ted Witzel's production of Taming of the Shrew at Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park 2013, with sets by Lindsay Walker (MFA Stage Design 2013), and featuring alumni actors Tiana... More

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Macbeth Image Gallery

Photos from MFA Director Ker Wells' production of Macbeth at Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park 2013, with sets by Lindsay Walker (MFA Stage Design 2013). Lots of York people were involved backstage,... More

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Spotlight on Faculty: Ines Buchli

Acting-Directing Professor Ines Buchli's production of Patricia Gruben's new play The Secret Doctrine is being mounted from Tuesday to Saturday (July 2 to 6) at Simon Fraser University Woodward's Theatre in... More

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Photo Gallery: Scenes by Design 2013

Highlights from this year's showcase of work by Production and Design students held in the Joseph G. Green Theatre from March 25 - 28 in this gallery of photos taken by Professor Teresa Przybylski. More

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New on Vimeo: Archetypes 2013

Presented on April 8, 2103, the graduating BFA Actors performed their Archetype Projects, solo shows that the students create over the Winter semester, supervised by Professor David Smukler. You can see videos... More

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Playwriting Alumni Gather to Read Their Work

Playwrights from the 2011-2012 THEA 4290 Playwriting and Developmental Dramaturgy class have been having ongoing meetings to read their developing playwriting work. They continue to meet under the name "5290"... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Kristen Hager

Kristen Hager (BFA 2005), has been acting in Canada and the US for the past eight years working with such A listers as Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy in Wanted, or playing a werewolf on Being Human on SPACE.... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Stephanie Jung

Stephanie Jung (BFA 2007) talks about her experience as an actor since graduating from the York program, with highlights such as Chi Chi the Panda in Teletoon's Life's a Zoo, to Necessary Angel/Luminato's Tout... More

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Photo Gallery: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Photographers John Jacques and John Lauener captured the cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Alison Humphrey, during the Dress Rehearsal. (2 slideshows) More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Rong Fu

Rong Fu (BFA 2012) has only been out in the "biz" for a year, but it's been a busy year for her, with work at Soulpepper, in TV, and as a playwright-in-residence. Rong shares what she's learned since... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Beryl Bain

Beryl Bain (BFA 2005) has worked in film and theatre as an actor, including 3 seasons at the Shaw Festival, prominent roles in the Canadian premiere of Mamet's Race and in last year's Awake. Beryl shares her... More

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Photo Gallery: ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore

Photos of the Third Year BFA Actors in John Ford's Tis Pity She's A Whore, directed by Timothy Askew. More

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Eric Armstrong: Dialect Coaching on “Arigato, Tokyo”

Eric Armstrong, who teaches voice, speech, accents and text in the BFA and MFA Acting programs, works in the field of accent and dialect design for Theatre, Film and Television. He shares his process on... More

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Behind the Scenes: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

In this video, we sit down with director Alison Humphrey and actors Eric Blais (Oberon), Sheri Godda (Titania), and Adam Bergquist (Bottom) for a look inside the rehearsal process of A Midsummer Night's Dream. More

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3rd Year Actors Discuss ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore

The Third Year Acting Conservatory has been busy preparing for their final unmounted piece of the year entitled 'Tis Pity She's A Whore by John Ford which played in CFT studio 139 last week. We asked two of... More

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Devised Theatre Festival 2013

The 2013 Devised Theatre Festival marks the culmination of four years of theatre making by the first graduating class of the newly developed Devised Theatre (DT) Program. The festival runs over four weeks... More

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Judith Rudakoff: Dramaturging Performance Outside the Box

Judith has worked as a dramaturg for conventional forms of theatre as well as genre-defying performance events. In this article, she discusses what a dramaturg does and gives some insight into her recent work... More

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Erika Batdorf: studying Toepeng dance in Bali

Faculty member and movement specialist Erika Batdorf updates us on her sabbatical experiences in Bali, where this month she's been studying a dance form called Topeng. More

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Photo Gallery: Kokoschka’s Job—in Performance

Photographer John Jacques captured the colour and action of the Tech/Dress rehearsal of Job, directed by Alison Humphrey, design by Renée Brode, and featuring the third year BFA Acting ensemble. More

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Photo Gallery: Kokoschka’s Job

We go into the rehearsal hall for the 3rd year Actor's unmounted production of Oskar Kokoschka's Job, directed by Alison Humphrey (MFA Directing 2013). More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Joanna Yu

Designer Joanna Yu (BFA Design 2007) writes to share what she's up these days, and to reminisce about her days at York. More

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Photo Gallery: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

We went into a dress rehearsal for The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Jennifer Wise, directed by Ted Witzel, and created this photo gallery of the fourth-year BFA Actors at... More

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“The Knight of the Burning Pestle” (Slideshow)

Check out photos from Francis Beaumont'sThe Knight of the Burning Pestle, adapted and directed by MFA Director Timothy Askew and featuring actors from the MFA in Acting and Devised Theatre programs. More

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Behind the Scenes: The Costume shop on “The Knight of the Burning Pestle”

We go into the Costume Shop for a video visit with 1st year students doing their crew hours sewing and stitching costumes for The Knight of the Burning Pestle. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Amy Lee and Heather Annis, Morro & Jasp

Theatrical Clowns Morro and Jasp, aka BFA 2005 Heather Annis and Amy Lee, have been developing and performing hit shows since they graduated from York. They share with us some of what they've learned along... More

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Behind the Scenes: “Knight of the Burning Pestle” costume designer Julianne Hjartarson

We spoke with Julianne Hjartarson, a fourth-year Production and Design student and the costume designer for the second Theatre @ York show of the season - The Knight of the Burning Pestle, on everything from... More

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Behind the Scenes: Using the Lathe on “Knight of the Burning Pestle”

We head into the shop to see Assistant Head of Props Tinee Campbell making table legs on the lathe for Theatre @ York's next production, The Knight of the Burning Pestle. More

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Gwen Dobie: Teaching Movement to the Actor and Yoga

Movement teacher Gwen Dobie shares the story of her research into "Heart Yoga" and its application to her teaching practice. More

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Spolight on Alumni: Wendy Ryder

Wendy Ryder (BFA2008) is a Technical Director who has worked at a number of venues since graduating. She talks with us about her choices and the opportunities she has had since then. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jason Hand

Lighting Designer Jason Hand (BFA2005) is a very busy man! He squeezes in some time to chat with us about how he juggles it all, how he got where he is, and his advice to graduating students. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Jeff Churchill

Theatrical Shoemaker Jeff Churchill (BFA 2005) makes footwear for Theatre, Film, TV and Circus shows all over the world through his company Jitterbug Boy. Jeff tells us how he got into this line of work, and... More

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Spolight on Alumni: Emily Grindrod

Emily Grindrod (BFA 2010 — Theatre Production) focused on the management side of theatre. In her first two years, she worked on 6 of shows for Shakespeare in Action and with other companies such as Hart... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: John Fleming

John Fleming (BFA 2009—Acting) has been working as a dialect coach and in voice over since he graduated. He shares his story on where he's at, and how he got there. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Zoie Palmer

Actor Zoie Palmer (BFA 2001) takes some time from her very busy shooting schedule on shows like Lost Girl to update on her career and to reminisce about her time at York, a time she remembers fondly. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Sarah Thorpe

Sarah Thorpe (BA 2007—Creative Ensemble) works as an actor and is the Artistic Director of Soup Can Theatre. She talks about what she learned at York and how she's using that knowledge and those skills in... More

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Spolight on Alumni: Dan Daley

Producer Dan Daley (BA 2009—Creative Ensemble) tells us about how he got into the producing game, and offers some helpful tips for students and those about to graduate. More

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Costume Parade

It's the week before opening and you can feel the electricity in the air. The entire cast and crew of Theatre @ York’s production "Wounds to the Face" is working to bring the play to life, but tonight is... More

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Sustainability on “Wounds to the Face”

The Sustainability Manager for our first show Wounds to the Face, Julia Morgan, tracked and evaluated its environmental impact and put together an interesting video to display in the lobby during the run of... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Anthony Black

Anthony Black (BFA 2001) is a theatre artist who works as a writer, director, actor, designer, and as artistic co-director (with Christian Barry) of internationally acclaimed 2b theatre company (Halifax,... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Alistair Hepburn

Alistair Hepburn (BFA 1994) is a Production Manager working freelance in Toronto. We catch up with him for his perspective on working in Theatre, and what he got from his time at York. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Weyni Mengesha

Director Weyni Mengesha (BFA 2005) has had a lot of success since graduating. She talks about how an independent study she did in her third year at York blossomed into many wonderful opportunities once working... More

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The Actors from “Wounds to the Face” Discuss their Process

We met with 3 actors from the cast of Wounds to the Face to discuss their rehearsal process on their first show for Theatre @ York. More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Michelle Jamieson

Michelle Jamieson (BFA 2005—Theatre Production and Creative Ensemble) has worked as a Propmaker for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for the past 7 seasons. Now she's embarking on a project to teach... More

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Spotlight on Alumni: Joanna Barrotta

Joanna Barrotta (BFA 2004—Theatre Production) is a stage manager in both theatre and opera, and has been building her career since even before she graduated. Her very first paid “Assistant Stage... More

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“Wounds to the Face”: Opening Night Audience Reactions!

We went to Opening of Wounds to the Face and asked patrons for their responses to the show: "I think it was the best Theatre @ York show I've ever seen." More

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Spotlight on New Faculty: Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston

New Theatre Studies professor Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston talks about her research interests doing performance ethnography with Polish Roma women, and her first months of teaching at York. More

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Behind the Scenes: Theatre @ York Cast and Crew of “Wounds to the Face”

We went behind the scenes in the shops and in the rehearsal hall of our first Theatre @ York play, Wounds to the Face, and captured these images of actors acting, stitchers stitching, and stage management... More

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Behind the Scenes with Theatre @ York: Silkscreening with the Technical Direction team

The Technical Direction team takes us behind the scenes with a look at the Silkscreening process used on the placards seen in our first show of the season, "Wounds to the Face". More

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Blog: The Ashley Plays

Playwriting students take to the hidden, secret spaces of York's Keele Campus to bring us their site-specific work, "The Ashley Plays." More

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Spotlight on New Faculty: Ian Garrett

New Production/Design faculty member Ian Garrett takes a moment to answer our questions about his creative work and research, his return to teaching and what the future might hold for him here at York More

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Katelyn McCulloch

Actor Katelyn McCulloch (BFA 2011) shares her tips on getting the best out of your York experience, and updates us on her high-flying adventures since she graduated. More

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Alum Kate Fenton discusses her show “Mister Baxter”

Playwright Kate Fenton (MFA 2005) discusses her show "Mister Baxter," which plays September 20 - 29 at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Mainspace as part of their Bring the Buzz Festival. More

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Kaleb Alexander

Actor Kaleb Alexander (BFA 2010) shares some intimate details about his first two years out in the profession: he's been busy doing mostly classical theatre, and has had to find balance in his life. More

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Grace Lynn Kung

Actor Grace Lynn Kung (BFA '02) has an exciting career in television, theatre and film, including her Gemini-nominated role as JoJo Kwan in the CBC Television series InSecurity. More

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Spotlight on Faculty: Gwen Dobie

Gwen Dobie is an Associate Professor in York University’s Fine Arts Program in the Faculty of Theatre. Her focus is as a teacher in the Acting area. More

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Spotlight on Faculty: Michael Greyeyes

Movement professor Michael Greyeyes returned from sabbatical in 2011. After a year off from teaching, we caught up to find out what he’s been up to... More

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Spotlight on Faculty: Shawn Kerwin

Design professor Shawn Kerwin was Chair of the Dept. of Theatre from 2003-2009. She returned to teaching after a two-year sabbatical in Fall 2011. We caught up with her in May 2011 to find out what she’d... More

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Bronwyn Caudle

After a busy first year out of the BFA Acting program, Bronwyn Caudle (BFA 2010) has some simple advice for current students: "Breathe. LOL." More

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Spotlight on Faculty: Peter McKinnon

In October 2011, Sara D’Agostino met with Peter McKinnon to discuss his work outside of teaching: lighting design, producing theatre, and editing a three-volume book, and what may lie ahead. More