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Theatre - Unlimited Opportunities

The Theatre programme at YSJU takes full advantage of the arts and cultural organisations and networks that we have developed in the City, regionally and increasingly internationally. Seeing, meeting and working with industry professionals that are company based or working freelance as independent performance artists are additional ways to increase your knowledge and skills in the subject you are interested in.

York THeatre RoyalProfessional theatre companies are regular visitors to the studios at YSJ theatre. Brighton based Lone Twin, and Sheffield’s Third Angel, which have both been described as amongst the most exciting theatre companies working in the UK, bring their entertaining and original approaches to theatre workshops and masterclasses at regular intervals through the year.

YSJ students have also been involved in York Theatre Royal’s pioneering annual Takeover Festival, which sees young people aged between 16 and 25 completely take over a regular venue for a short season, performing, programming and running every aspect of the theatre from marketing to prop making.

Students perform in the York Mystery PlaysIn 2010 theatre students and others from the Faculty of Arts took part in the York Mystery Plays. The open air performance of the story of Abraham and Isaac took place on a converted wagon - just as it would have done when the plays were the responsibility of York’s medieval guilds.

There are also regular visits to national and regional theatre, including the Barbican in London, Glasgow’s annual National Review of Live Art  and the Live Theatre in Newcastle.

At the annual showcase of graduating student work across the Faculty of Arts, Create, YSJ theatre students have made work on themes which include soldiers at war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the sex slave trade in Europe.


International Learning Opportunities

Other international opportunities in the Faculty for Theatre include our established links with the Performance Department at SUNY Purchase University in New York and the Theatre and Dance Department at Pacific University in Portland, Oregon in the States. We also have a new exchange programme beginning with the Department of Theatre at Yeditepe University (http://www.yeditepe.edu.tr/) in Istanbul.

Create 11In one academic year, the Faculty supported two Level 2 Theatre students to accompany Dr. Claire Hind, a member of Theatre staff who was performing a solo show at the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania.

The two students also had the opportunity to jointly run workshop classes for young people alongside Dr Hind as part of their experience as participants in one of Europe's leading international theatre events.

Theatre at YSJU is rich and varied. We hope you will be able to make your unique contribution to the vibrant performance cultures that are alive and well at York St John University.