Theatre News

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.

AMPD's Commitment to Equity
September 1, 2020

AMPD’s Commitment to Equity

I hope this message finds you and your families and communities in good health and spirits during the current circumstances. I know that the conditions necessitated by COVID-19 have lasted much longer than expected and I am grateful for your continued resilience and widespread generosity shown by people throughout AMPD over the past six months.

August 19, 2020

Live Theatre Returns to Toronto with ‘Alphonse’ in the Park

All over the world the theatre industry has been rocked by shutdowns and complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After 5 months of silent stages and empty playhouses, the city of Toronto will see a return to some semblance of normalcy with live outdoor productions of Alphonse.

June 26, 2020

AMPD Celebrates Pride

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.