Photo of Amir Rostami
November 20, 2020

Creation in Isolation: Q&A with Amir Bahador Rostami

Amir Bahador Rostami is a multidisciplinary digital media artist. In a collaboration with his sister Elahe, a Masters student in Computational Arts, Rostami recently exhibited an original work at "Remote Realities", which is an artist-in-residency program hosted by Trinity Square Video and Dames Making Games. In his short time at York, Rostami has had a rich experience in digital media making and professional opportunities.

feet stand next to a discarded white robe
November 13, 2020

Indigenous Representation in Canadian Dance and ‘Old Habits’

Amy Hull (BFA 2020) is a Mi'kmaq 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 before colonization.

Sarah Bay-Cheng wishes everyone a happy National Philanthropy Day
November 12, 2020

Thank You to Those Giving Back To AMPD

In recognition of National Philanthropy Day, Nov 15, and every other day of the year, all of us at AMPD would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to our donors, supporters, partners and friends. YOU make what we do possible!

Gurharan Kaur as a child holding trophies with her mother and father
November 6, 2020

A Harmonious Family History – Gursharan Kaur

Gursharan Kaur moved to Canada with her family at eight years old.  Her family has a rich history of music and teaching, and Kaur is bringing that tradition to her studies at York University. Today, she is a member of the York University Gospel Choir Leadership Team. We talked to her about her experiences.

York University's subway station in the winter, covered with snow.
November 2, 2020

UPDATE: Winter Planning in AMPD

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.

Garrett Ryan stands in a forest with yellow leaves in Northern Ontario
October 21, 2020

Stories of Northern Ontario & “The Ashley Plays”

The Ashley Plays are a series of short, original site-specific monodramas written and performed by the playwrights in THEA Playwriting & New Play Dramaturgy 4290. In collaboration with class dramaturgs and Course Director Judith Rudakoff, the playwrights create and evolve a play about a central character named “Ashley”. Each playwright has the artistic freedom to develop their own Ashley character. The playwrights are assigned a specific location (or site) in which their play takes place. Typically, the sites are located in the Centre for Film & Theatre, and on performance day, groups of audience members are led from site to site, to view the cycle of plays.

We spoke to Garrett Ryan, 4th year playwright, about The Ashley Plays, and his contributions.