An important story of Canadian history and tragedy that was retold through an opera written by Stephanie Martin, associate professor of music at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD), will be the subject of a special lecture on March 11 at York University.
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.
York University theatre Professor Magdalena Kazubowski-Houston was recently honoured with two prestigious awards for her research – one from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and one from the American Anthropological Association.
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.”
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.
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.
Professors Erika Batdorf (Theatre) and Mark-David Hosale (Computational Arts) team up with Kate Digby, a dance professor at Kansas State University, and Alan Macy, co-founder of BIOPAC Inc., in creating and presenting Search for Simurgh, an immersive, interactive performance installation workshop August 1-3 at the Toronto Media Arts Centre (32 Lisgar Street).
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This year’s Shakespeare in High Park directors, Liza Balkan and Severn Thompson are the fourth pair of directors to undertake the two-year York/Canadian Stage MFA, which is geared to artists whose careers are already underway.