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York University MFA Program

After five successful cohorts, Theatre at York University and Canadian Stage will no longer be accepting applications for the joint MFA Program in Stage Direction and will retire this program with the conclusion of the current student cohort.

Building from this successful program, however, Theatre at York and Canadian Stage are developing a new collaboration that will aim to expand opportunities for experiential education in theatre. This evolution of the partnership will integrate existing programs at York with professional opportunities at Canadian Stage, with particular focus on cultivating talent among emerging BIPOC theatre artists. We look forward to providing professional experiences to York Theatre students in the future.

Meet the current MFA candidate

Alison Wong


Alison Wong is a director, performer and producer based in Toronto. Recent directing credits include Stormy Weather (IN Series, Washington DC), La fedeltà premiata (Royal Opera House, Mumbai India), Joshua (Ars Musica, Toronto), The Bremen Town Musicians (Canadian Opera Company), and Béatrice et Bénédict (MYOpera, Toronto). Alison's directing work has taken her to productions in the United States, Italy, India, and the Netherlands. In 2015/2016, she was part of Factory Theatre's inaugural Factory Foremen program for early-career directors of colour. In 2017, she also concluded a five-season term as Artistic Producer with b current, a Toronto-based company of over 25 years dedicated to developing new Canadian plays by Artists of Colour. Over the last two years, she was the Creative Producer for the world premieres of The Empire - a trilogy of modern epics by award-winning playwright Susanna Fournier, part of the New Chapter program celebrating Canada’s 150-year anniversary, which culminated at the international Luminato Festival.

Former Candidates

2017-2018

Liza Balkan

Director, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare in High Park (2019)

Director, Ghosts of My House as part of Canadian Stage's 19.20 season (upcoming)

Severn Thompson

Director, Measure for Measure, Shakespeare in High Park (2019)

Director, All The Ways You Scare Me as part of Canadian Stage's 19.20 season (upcoming)
2015-2017

Tanja Jacobs

Director, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare in High Park (2017)

Co-director, Love and Information as part of Canadian Stage's 17.18 season (upcoming)

Alistair Newton

Director, King Lear, Shakespeare in High Park (2017)

Co-director, Love and Information as part of Canadian Stage's 17.18 season (upcoming)
2013-2015

Matjash Mrozewski

Directed The Comedy of Errors at Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park (2015)

Directed Botticelli in the Fire as part of Canadian Stage's 15.16 Season

International residency with Peter Sellars at English National Opera, London, on The Gospel According to the Other Mary

Estelle Shook

Directed Julius Caesar at Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park (2015)

Directed Sunday in Sodom as part of Canadian Stage's 15.16 Season

International residency with Peter Stein at Vienna State Opera, Vienna, on The Markopulos Case
2011-2013

Ted Witzel

Directed Taming of the Shrew at Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park (2013)

Directed Yukonstyle as part of Canadian Stage's 13.14 Season

International residency with Robert Carson at Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden, on The Magic Flute

Ker Wells

Directed Macbeth at Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park (2013)

Directed The Flood Thereafter as part of Canadian Stage’s 13.14 Season

International residency with Ivo Van Hove at Toneelgroep, Amsterdam, on The Fountainhead