Don Rubin

Don Rubin

BA (Hofstra), MA (Bridgeport)

Professor Emeritus
Theatre Studies - Canadian theatre, modern drama, theory, criticism
Department of Theatre

One of Canada’s foremost theatre scholars, Don Rubin was a founding member of the Department of Theatre and Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, and founding director of York’s Graduate Program in Theatre Studies (MA/PhD). His areas of specialization include Canadian theatre, African theatre, theatre criticism and theory, and modern drama.

Professor Rubin co-founded and served as editor of the quarterly journal Canadian Theatre Review, and worked for many years as a theatre critic for print and broadcast media, including the Toronto Star and CBC Radio. He edited the book Canadian Theatre History: Selected Readings (Playwrights Canada Press), widely recognized as an authoritative publication in the field, and was executive editor of the six-volume World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (Routledge), the largest international co-operative undertaking in the history of arts publishing.

Rubin is a former president of the Canadian Centre of UNESCO’s International Theatre Institute, a founder and past president of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association, a member of the International Executive Board of the International Association of Theatre Critics, and a member of the editorial board for the IATC web journal, Critical Stages. He also serves on the executive board of the Shakespeare Fellowship.

Professor Rubin’s career as an educator spanned almost 50 years. In addition to his tenure at York, he taught and lectured at major universities and theatre schools in South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, China, Japan, France, England, Sweden, Mexico, and numerous universities across North America.

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