University launches community theatre at Spark:York

York St John University's new city centre community theatre based at Spark:York will offer
and promote inspirational, community arts engagement & performance for all in the city that
will challenge prejudice, promote social justice and foster creative relationships through
accessible, arts participation and performance making.

Community Theatre at Spark:York

The York St John University has been contributing to the global theatre industry for over 50
years and the 2 year project in partnership with Spark:York will enable sustainable community
arts practice to take place alongside inspiring teaching and learning and impactful research
for all involved. The synergy with Spark:York concentrates on a shared ethos of social
purpose, activating meaningful & relational arts engagement and acting as a catalyst for

Professor Karen Stanton, Vice Chancellor of York St John University emphasised the
University’s commitment to community arts, saying: “We’re very pleased to be part of this
social innovation project set in Spark:York's exciting and innovative new space.

“For York St John students, the new theatre will provide relevant, real world experience and
an understanding of the impact of theatre within a community city setting. We hope to inspire
and merge communities so that participants can come together in an arts process that
emphasises collaboration, dialogue and social justice and provide great art for all”.

The longevity of the project will aim to develop and nurture community networks, forge and
sustain meaningful relationships between communities and give insight to the landscape of
community arts practice in York. It will also aim to facilitate reflection & understanding in
order to find out what the people of the city of York desire for now and for the future in
respect to current & emerging community arts practice and performance.

Sam Leach