AMPD Alum Appointed Executive Director of Toronto Fringe

In advance of the 36th Annual Toronto Fringe Festival, the non-profit charitable organization has announced the appointment of York University Theatre Alum Rachel Kennedy as the new Executive Director and co-lead. Joining Kennedy in this appointment is Laura Paduch, who will assume the position of Managing Director and co-lead. This new leadership team will work …

Shaking Up Shakespeare: New Podcast Examines Shakespeare’s Role in Canadian Theatre

In a new initiative set to launch on Monday, January 15, 2024, a ten-episode podcast series titled “Shaking Up Shakespeare” promises to redefine the conversation around William Shakespeare’s influence on Canadian theatre. The series, part of the Resetting the Stage project, funded by a Tier 2 York Research Chair in Theatre and Performance, explores the …

AMPD Launched New Virtual Tour

Prospective students worldwide can now experience AMPD 24/7, 365. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) has unveiled a new virtual tour resource to showcase its 300,000-square-feet worth of facilities, share student stories and highlight experiential education opportunities. The AMPD Virtual Tour allows visitors to view state-of-the-art facilities associated with different departments …

Eight new faces joined the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

The York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) welcomes eight new faculty members this fall. “It is always a pleasure to welcome new colleagues who bring original ideas and diverse perspectives to AMPD and York University. This year’s cohort of incoming AMPD faculty members bring extensive international experience, research and artistic …

AMPD Alumni Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival

September signals back-to-school for many, but for cinema buffs in Toronto, it marks the beginning of film festival season. The 46th annual Toronto International Film Festival is just around the corner, and the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) is proud to have alumni talent on screen in this year’s Official Selections. …

45+ AMPD alums nominated for Canadian Screen Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television nominated over 45 York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) alums for Canadian Screen Awards across more than 30 different categories, from Best Motion Picture and Best Supporting Performer, Comedy to the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.  The Academy is the largest non-profit professional media arts organization …

Theatre @ York gracefully tackles bespoke David Yee play “Love in the Time of Werewolves”

Theatre @ York returns to the traditional way of theatre-making with playwright David Yee’s new play, Love in the Time of Werewolves. Maggie Basset Award-winning director Diana Belshaw led 30 upper-year and 100 first-year crew members alongside 15 Theatre @ York Acting Conservatory students in designing, producing, and realizing the production. Love in the Time …

AMPD alumni, students, faculty receive over 20 Dora award nominations

Over 20 AMPD community members were named nominees by Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) at the 42nd Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards nomination ceremony on August 29, 2022. The Awards, known as “The Doras,” recognize excellence in professional theatre, dance and opera in Toronto. New this year, The Pat and Tony Adams Freedom …

Ph.D. graduate wins Governor General’s Gold Medal

Ph.D. graduate Signy Lynch wins Governor General’s Gold Medal For nearly 150 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. They are awarded to the student graduating with the highest average an approved college or university program. This year, Ph.D. graduate Signy Lynch won the esteemed prize …