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.
Professional theatre companies are regular visitors to
the studios at YSJ theatre. Brighton based Lone Twin, and
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.
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
In 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
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 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.