How To Survive Show Week!

Written By: Alysha Wood

As artists and performers, many of us know how important and how stressful show week (or day, or weeks, or however long your show runs for!) can be.  It’s how we show off all our hard work, but it’s also extremely hard work in itself!  It’s not always easy to manage, but hopefully my little tips and tricks below will help make it easier and more fun.  I’m a dancer, so my tips are specifically how I survive show week, but they can definitely apply to all kinds of performances.

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Costume Designing “rochdale”

Written by: Tiana Kralj
Theatre @ York just presented the world premiere of David Yee’s rochdale, directed by Nina Lee Aquino. Inspired “by the spirit of the rebel,” the play tells both real and imagined elements of the history of Rochdale College, an experiment in student-run alternative education and co-operative living that opened in 1968 in downtown Toronto.
Costume designer Tiana Kralj shares a backstage look at her process of designing and creating.

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QUIZ: How much do you know about AMPD?

Written By: Lucia Llano

Think you know all there is to know about AMPD? Now’s your chance to prove it!  Take our super tough AMPD quiz and see how much you know about the faculty you’ve devoted so much of your life to!

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24 Signs You’re a Theatre Major

Written By: Tiana Kralj


    1. You know exactly how many minutes are in a year.
    2. You’re not American, but you know the entire history of Alexander Hamilton.
    3. You’re not afraid of strange or concerned looks from passers-by as you conduct rehearsals in any hallway, stairwell, or common room.

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Artists vs Creatives: Which Are We?

Written By: Chevon

Someone once asked me if I was an Artist or a Creative.  My response was “What is the difference anyway?  Aren’t all Artists also Creatives and all Creatives, Artists?” The distinction between the two can be difficult to identify until both are more clearly defined.  Artists are experts, masters in their art form.  Creatives, on the other hand, are those with the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.  They are imaginative, innovative, and experimental, but not necessarily professional as Artists are. Read More

playGround 2018

Written by: Madeleine

Have you heard of playGround? I mean, obviously you’ve heard of playgrounds before; after all, we were all 5-years-old once. But I’m not talking about those kinds of playgrounds; I’m talking about playGround Festival (the capitalization here is VERY important)! playGround is like York’s very own Fringe festival. Students can submit a concept and a script of a monodrama, and from that, a panel of students collectively picks the final line up.

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The 3 Most Important Lessons I’ve Learned at University

Written by: Peter Widdrington

I’ve been around the block when it comes to universities, so I have a little more experience than the average student when it comes to different undergrads.  Thanks to this, I think I’ve learned a thing or two about the university experience and how to tailor it to my needs, plus figure out the way to get the most out of it.  Read More

Theatre Roundtable: A Conversation between Streams

Compiled by: Amy Kingston

with special guests:

Alex Colle – 5th year Devised Theatre
Maggie Cook – 4th year Conservatory
Amy Kingston – 2nd year Performance Creation & Research (formally known as theatre studies)
Ella Wiecksowski  4th year Production and Design

Looking back on my first year as a York University theatre student, I remember streaming being the biggest deal. It practically ran every conversation in the halls, classrooms and residences. I also remember the confusion and vague answers that always seemed to follow every question asked by any of my fellow peers. My goal with this blog post is to give a more personal insight to what it is like to be in each stream from the students who have experienced it first hand.

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