Alumni Updates

Our alumni are doing amazing things in the worlds of theatre, performance, arts and culture, academia, and beyond.  A number of the opportunities that they are pursuing are a direct result to their studies in our graduate program and work that they did in our professional placement course.  Many of our students maintain close ties with our graduate program and become mentors for new students, connecting them with the larger arts community both during their time at York and upon graduation.

Recent Alumni Updates:

Jennifer Capraru (MA 2010)

Jen is currently the Artistic Director of both Theatre Asylum Canada and Isôko Rwanda, which she founded in 2008 to help create contemporary intercultural theatre for human rights.  In 2015 she directed two plays by Maria Irene Fornés in Toronto and is adapting Sean Dixon's novel Kip Flynn into a site-specific piece for Kensington Market.

Sara D'Agostino (MA 2014)

Sara has begun the role of Administrative Coordinator at Playwrights Guild of Canada as of February 2016.

Naila Keleta-Mae (PhD 2012)

Naila is an assistant professor of Drama in the Faculty of Arts, University of Waterloo. She is a practicing performance poet, playwright, and recording artist. Her innovative teaching on performance and popular culture has recently been featured on CBC.

Matt McGeachy (MA 2013)

Matt was recently made the New Play Development Coordinator at Factory Theatre.  He oversees submissions, new play development, and works with the artistic director for season planning and grant writing.

Byron Laviolette (PhD 2014)

Byron is the director and dramaturg for the Morro and Jasp clown series with U.N.I.T. Productions.  Morro and Jasp have received numerous awards including a 2014 Canadian Comedy Award, a 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award, as well as over 10 NOW Magazine Awards including Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Ensemble.  He is also the Creative Director of The Mission Business, an experience design company.  His criticism/art journalism has appeared in Scene Changes, EYE Weekly, AdBusters and IN Toronto magazine.

Mirette Shoeir (MA 2015)

In December 2015, Mirette began a new position as Emerging Producer at the Toronto Fringe Festival.

Lindsay Thistle (PhD 2013)

Lindsay started a postdoc at the University of Silesia in Poland in January 2015.  For more information on the department and what Lindsay is working on, click here.