Newsletter Internal

September 2022 Edition

The Deans Message Welcome

AMPD Dean
“Remember to imagine and craft the worlds you cannot live without, just as you dismantle the ones you cannot live within.”
~Ruha Benjamin

Greetings and welcome to the start of a new academic year in AMPD!

September is always an exciting time of year in AMPD as we welcome familiar students, staff and faculty back to campus and prepare to greet new colleagues who are arriving at York’s Keele campus for the very first time. The start of the new academic year brings with it a sense of renewal as our hallways, studios and classrooms are again animated with the sounds of imagination and industry. We bid farewell to the summer and invite new opportunities, collaborations and creations of the burgeoning academic year.


I was reflecting on these kinds of transitions when I had the opportunity to attend the National Bank Womens Tennis Open in August. As many of the newsletter readers will know, I am perhaps overly fond of the comparisons between arts, culture, performance and sports. But, few can deny that tennis and cultural superstar Serena Williams offers a compelling blend of all these and more.

Shortly after announcing her “evolution” in the pages of Vogue, Williams played what will likely be one of, if not her final, professional tennis matches right here on the York campus. Although she did not play well, the tennis itself hardly mattered that night. Her good-bye to tennis and all of us who have followed her extraordinary career. It was the end of one era and the beginning of another. As she wrote, “I’m torn: I don’t want it to be over, but at the same time I’m ready for what’s next.”

Williams’ essay reminds us that moving forward in new directions often requires leaving some things behind, even those that we have held dear in the past. Although our own transitions are less prominent than Serena Williams’ historic good-bye, they may be no less significant for each of us in the moment. The new academic year can be both exciting and challenging, so I’m grateful to all of the folks working to ensure that our new students and colleagues are warmly welcomed to campus this fall. Together, we can continue to build and grow a world-class School, where all our students can thrive.

I am excited to welcome you all to an exciting new year and I hope that you will stop by the Dean’s Office when you’re on campus. In the meantime, thank you for being a part of our AMPD community and I wish you a happy fall in all its many transitions.

Warmly,
Sarah

AMPD launches graduation preparation podcast series 

AMPD launches graduation preparation podcast, The Final Mile Club Get career-ready with the Final Mile Club, anywhere at any time.  The York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance and …


Read article
August 10, 2022

Toronto Musicians’ Association names Levon Ichkhanian 2022 Musician of the Year

Toronto Musicians’ Association names Ph.D. student Levon Ichkhanian 2022 Musician of the Year Ph.D. student Levon Ichkhanian is the Toronto Musicians’ Association’s 2022 Musician of the Year.  The award recognized …



Read article
August 9, 2022

AMPD alums create magic at the8fest 

AMPD alums create magic at the8fest  Led by interim co-chair and AMPD research officer Aimée Mitchell (MA 2007), the8fest has been creating a unique space for small-gauge filmmakers to display …



Read article
July 26, 2022

Signy Lynch wins York University Barbara Godard Prize for Best Dissertation in Canadian studies

Ph.D. Graduate Signy Lynch wins York University Barbara Godard Prize for Best Dissertation in Canadian studies Ph.D. Graduate Signy Lynch was awarded the York University Barbara Godard Prize for Best …



Read article
July 15, 2022

AMPD students build community with Play On The Runway

AMPD students build community with Play On The Runway AMPD students Hazel Chia, Farisya Khairul. Armani Araujo and Siddarth Koyal helping facilitate Play on the Runway at Downsview Airport. On …



Read article
July 6, 2022

Ph.D. candidate Andrew Remington Bailey weighs in on the NFT craze gone crazy

Last year, an NFT made international headlines after selling for nearly US$70 million at an online Christie’s auction, digital art suddenly became the least-understood thing everyone wanted to talk about.



Read article
June 23, 2022

Luis Ramirez interviewed by culture creator Hye’s Musings

Ph.D. student Luis Ramirez interviewed by culture creator Hye’s Musings Culture creator and entertainment blogger Hye’s Musings sat down with AMPD Ph.D. music student Luis Ramirez to talk about music composition, …



Read article
June 20, 2022

Acclaimed jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington speaks to importance of a purpose-driven life

On Tuesday, June 14, Terri Lyne Carrington, a professor and internationally respected drummer in jazz was awarded an honorary doctors of letters from York University at convocation.



Read article
June 17, 2022

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 …



Read article
June 17, 2022

Emma Ferreira joins Rob Lowe’s new Netflix comedy

Alum Emma Ferreira joins Rob Lowe’s new Netflix comedy 2021 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) Rising Star award recipient, Emma Ferreira (BFA), is joining the cast of Rob Lowe’s Unstable alongside …



Read article
June 16, 2022

Marilo Nuñez wins 2021 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize

Ph.D. student Marilo Nuñez wins the 2021 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize Canadian playwright, director, dramaturge, scholar and AMPD Ph.D. student Marilo Nuñez is one of the 2021 Johanna Metcalf …



Read article
June 1, 2022

Mel Hague named Artistic Director of iconic Toronto theatre

Photo by Dahlia Katz Alum Mel Hague named Artistic Director for Toronto’s Factory Theatre The Factory Theatre Artistic Director Search Committee appointed acclaimed dramaturge and AMPD Theatre alum Mel Hague (BA …



Read article
May 27, 2022

2022 Dean’s Student Leadership Award recipients announced

2022 Dean’s Student Leadership Award recipients announced Dean Sarah Bay-Cheng is pleased to announce Film Production student Devki Patel and Music student Selwyn Tchang as the recipients of the 2022 …



Read article

Embracing young Asian Canadian talent through design

Embracing young Asian Canadian talent through design From designing lipstick packaging to a horror movie title sequence, Professor Wendy S. Wong brought together the creativity of young Asian Canadians in …


Read article
August 8, 2022

AMPD grooves with Summer Jazz Intensive

AMPD grooves with summer jazz intensive The Department of Music’s annual Summer Jazz and Goorve Lab had a triumphant in-person return this summer, welcoming over 50 high school students to …



Read article
June 7, 2022

Goldfarb Summer Institute explores contemporary painting, curatorial practices

The 14th annual Goldfarb Summer Institute took place from May 3 to 17, and was presented by the Department of Visual Art and Art History at York University’s School of …



Read article
May 27, 2022

Designing across hemispheres – sustainably

Prior to the pandemic, Ian Garrett, an associate professor of ecological design for performance in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, would work with York International each summer …



Read article
August 8, 2022

FilipiNEXT investigates the legacies, transformations, and aspirations of Filipinx people on Turtle Island

FilipiNEXT investigates the legacies, transformations, and aspirations of Filipinx people on Turtle Island Group shot of FilipiNEXT conference participants FilipiNEXT brought scholars, activists, and community members from all over Canada …



Read article
July 25, 2022

Professor Caitlin Fisher named president of Electronic Literature Organization

Professor Caitlin Fisher named president of Electronic Literature Organization Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) named AMPD Professor Caitlin Fisher its new Board President. Fisher assumed office July 1 after serving in …



Read article
June 7, 2022

Immersive audio experience takes listeners into the drug overdose crisis

For the past year, Cinema and Media Arts Professor Brenda Longfellow has been working with Darkfield, a U.K. theatre company specializing in immersive audio, and Crackdown, a monthly podcast covering …



Read article
May 24, 2022

Sundar Viswanathan’s Avataar wins 2022 Juno Award

Prof. Sundar Viswanathan’s Avataar wins 2022 Juno Award AMPD Music professor Sundar Viswanathan’s world jazz group Avataar took home the 2022 Juno for Jazz Album of the Year – Group with …



Read article
May 24, 2022

Toronto Mayor joins AMPD in City film industry mission to Los Angeles

Mayor John Tory will lead a film mission to Los Angeles next week to help deepen relationships with established studios producing in Toronto, and those that have not yet brought …



Read article
May 20, 2022

Ian Garrett awarded Developing Strategic Research Frameworks for Sustainability and the Arts Scholarship

Ian Garrett awarded Developing Strategic Research Frameworks for Sustainability and the Arts Scholarship AMPD’s Ian Garrett, in partnership with Tarah Wright from Dalhousie University, has successfully received funding from the …



Read article
May 4, 2022

Dean Sarah Bay-Cheng weighs in on the ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ historic Grammy win

Is musical theatre an event, a sound — or something else? This year, the 2022 Grammy Award for best musical theatre album went to a show that originated as a TikTok smash hit: The …



Read article
May 2, 2022

AMPD to launch inaugural Queer Summer Institute

Inspired by radical new poetic methods of digital and intermedial performance storytelling, transgressive visual techniques emerging from new media platforms, and new activisms engaging with theories of homonationalism, pinkwashing and …



Read article
April 1, 2022

Prof Ali Kazimi appointed Senior Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College

Professor Ali Kazimi appointed Senior Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College University of Toronto’s Massey College named its newest Senior Fellow, internationally acclaimed filmmaker and AMPD Cinema and Media …



Read article
June 22, 2022

Flora (Fan) Fan, Jason Merai and Loredana Infusini start new adventures

Flora (Fan) Fan, Jason Merai and Loredana Infusini start new adventures. This summer, AMPD has gained some fantastic new staff members ready to take on the challenges of the 2022 …



Read article
June 22, 2022

AMPD welcomes six new staff members

AMPD welcomes six new staff members Please warmly welcome the newest members of the AMPD team Sukdev Baral, Lois Chan, Julia Kenny, Nicole Lewis, Helen Ogundeji and Kathleen Welsby. From …



Read article