A Message in Honour of Black History Month

At the start of this February, I write to acknowledge and to celebrate Black History Month, a particularly important time for learning, reflection and action this year. Over the past year, calls to address anti-Black racism and to confront oppression have resonated throughout institutions and industries, invoking many necessary and overdue conversations in these areas […]

Dean Sarah Bay-Cheng Praises AMPD Community on RED FM

Praising AMPD Alumni, Students & Faculty On Thursday December 10 our dean, Sarah Bay-Cheng, appeared as a guest on 88.9 RED FM to discuss the challenges facing art schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University has risen to the challenge. Most notably, she […]

Indigenous Representation in Canadian Dance and ‘Old Habits’

Amy Hull (BFA 2020) is a Mi’kmaw and Inuk dancer and choreographer, currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Dance at York University. As an undergraduate student, she was asked to update the Dance Department’s land acknowledgement with language that speaks truer to the realities of arts-making on lands that have a rich history of storytelling […]

UPDATE: Winter Planning in AMPD

    To the AMPD Community: I hope this message finds you healthy and safe as we all continue to endure the challenges of COVID-19. If you’re reading this, you’ve already achieved more than many thought possible. You’ve continued learning or teaching in courses that we might never have envisioned could be offered in online/remote […]

AMPD’s Commitment to Equity

Dear AMPD colleagues, students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners: I hope this message finds you and your families and communities in good health and spirits during the current circumstances. I know that the conditions necessitated by COVID-19 have lasted much longer than expected and I am grateful for your continued resilience and widespread generosity […]

Congratulations to our 2020 Dora Nominees

We congratulate all of our AMPD community who were nominated at the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards! Theatre Weyni Mengesha (BFA 2005): Artistic Director, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, A Streetcar Named Desire, Soulpepper Theatre Company Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu (BA 2010): Director, Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction, The Brothers Size, Soulpepper Theatre Company Michael Ayres (BFA 2012): […]

AMPD Celebrates Pride

We are lucky to have a rich LGBT2SQ+ community here at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. Ask any Winters College student and they’ll tell you that a sense of community and belonging is one of this school’s greatest strengths. It is a place where students can be themselves and be loved […]

Congratulations Class of 2020

Another school year has come to an end, which means it is time to celebrate and send-off our graduating class as they prepare themselves for the next stage of their careers. These are truly extraordinary circumstances. In any other year, we would gather in the large Centre of Excellence at the Aviva Centre, surrounded by […]

UPDATE: Fall Planning in AMPD

AMPD is a leading example for the arts in Canada and beyond. Today we are faced with extraordinary challenges and opportunities. It is my hope that together with students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and industry partners, we can not only mitigate the negative effects of the current challenges, but also embrace opportunities for meaningful change […]

YDE Language of Landscape 2020 Showcase

Department of Dance Language of Landscape investigating movement, meaning and environment The York Dance Ensemble Artistic Director: Susan Lee February 2020 The York Dance Ensemble (YDE) is the resident company of the Department of Dance at York University. Since 1988, the YDE has been providing upper level dancers, choreographers, musicians and production crews with pre-professional […]