We congratulate all of our AMPD community who are nominated for Dora Awards this year!
Pride Month 2020 will be remembered as a month of action. Without the big parade or shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on Church Street, we were forced to set aside the free swag, the "gay tourism" and the corporate sponsorships to reflect on why we celebrate Pride in the first place. We were reminded that it is a time to protest, to care for ourselves, care for those who live in the margins, and to make some noise. And looking back at this past year, it is clear that AMPD made a lot of noise.
In showbusiness, as in life, timing is everything.
It’s a lesson that 2020 has only magnified for actor-writer Amanda Cordner (BA ’11), who had just finished shooting a film based on a play she created with her high school friend and creative partner David Di Giovanni (MFA ’17), when a pandemic hit.
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 family and friends. There would be hugs, high fives, and photo opportunities. But even though the love cannot be shared in-person, we want the Class of 2020 to know that we hold them deeply in our hearts.
SSHRC Partnership Grant, just under $2.5 M, awarded to AMPD Professor Laura Levin
Last week, President Rhonda Lenton wrote to the York community about the University’s planning for the fall academic term. That message emphasized adherence to public health and safety and access to courses so that students can progress in their programs. The message also noted the potential for select experiential activities on campus. As explained in that communication, courses will clearly state whether on-campus activities may be required.
Brandon Vickerd, a professor in the visual arts and art history departments in York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) and the director of the University’s digital sculpture lab, spearheaded an effort to donate more than 600 masks, as well as gloves and face shields, to Hamilton Health Services for distribution across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Founded in 1992, playGround is a student-made and student-run theatre festival. The festival allows York University students from all faculties to submit short 15 minute plays, concepts, and mono-dramas.