AMPD News

Jade dancing on stage
September 25, 2019

AMPD Scholarships – how to succeed and why to apply

Do you want some money you don’t have to pay back? In 2018-19 AMPD students received over 2.2 million dollars in scholarships, awards and bursaries, set up by York’s incredible community of generous supporters! The vast majority of eligible students who apply receive an award.


September 24, 2019

2019 AMPD Teaching Awards

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design celebrated the start of the academic year with a fall faculty reception and teaching awards presentation Wednesday, September 18.


Sarah Bay-Cheng
September 24, 2019

Welcome from the Dean

The history and foundation of the AMPD community is what propels us forward, emboldening us to pose new questions, devise new methods, and test new limits. This spirit of experimentation and improvisation found throughout our faculty is the difference between keeping up with today and leading the way into tomorrow.


September 16, 2019

Nine faculty members join AMPD

Nine new faculty members will join the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD): Shital Desai, Tammer El-Sheikh, Jennifer Jimenez, Susan Lee, Aaron Kelly, Gavin McDonald, Yifat Shaik, Ingrid Veninger and Holly Ward.

“Welcoming new colleagues is always a pleasure, and these new faculty members bring exciting new dimensions to programs throughout AMPD,” said Sarah Bay-Cheng, dean of AMPD. “Their diverse talents, experience, and dedication to teaching will support our students to develop their own visions and skills as they prepare them to transform our world.”


September 16, 2019

Two AMPD professors join the Royal Society of Canada

The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has elected Anna Hudson, Department of Visual Art & Art History to its ranks as Fellow and Marlis Schweitzer, Department of Theatre, to the College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists.

There will be an induction ceremony on Nov. 22.


Historical photo of the a Canadian hospital ship, the Llandovery Castle
September 6, 2019

Music Prof transformed a First World War tragedy into song

Where does a composer look for inspiration? For York University Professor Stephanie Martin, an accomplished composer and conductor in the Department of Music, history provides fertile ground. Captivated by the true story of a Canadian hospital ship, the Llandovery Castle, torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Celtic Sea on June 27, 1918, she chose to write an opera, with librettist Paul Ciufo, to commemorate the nurses of the ill-fated ship.