Obsidian Theatre Company


Artistic Director
Philip Akin
Artistic Director

Philip Akin has been acting and directing for over 40 years. In 2000, he was a founding member of Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading black theatre company, and has served as its Artistic Director since 2006. In this role, he has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and guidance for emerging artists. In 2002, he was part of the team that launched the Obsidian Mentor/Apprentice Program, a one-of-a-kind program that has so far helped 60 black artists embark on exciting careers as directors, dramaturges, producers, production managers, lighting, set and costume designers with some of the most established performing arts companies nationwide.


His directing credits include Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning Ruined (Obsidian & Nightwood) , Wilberforce Hotel (Blyth Festival), Whipping Man and Driving Miss Daisy (Harold Green Jewish Theatre),Topdog Underdog, The Mountaintop and “Master Harold”…and the Boys (Shaw Festival), Toronto the Good & El Paso (Factory Theatre),  Intimate Apparel (Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Obsidian Theatre), and Black Medea, Born Ready and Pusha Man (Obsidian Theatre).

He is currently the Vice-President of the Board for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and has served on juries for Theatre Ontario, OAC, Canada Council for the Arts.



William Kilbourn Award for the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life (2014)

Life Membership Award from Canadian Actors Equity Association for outstanding contributions to the performing arts within our jurisdiction. (2014)

The Grid’s #2 2013 Theatre MVP

Merritt Award Nomination (Halifax) for Outstanding Direction (2012)**

Dora Nominations for Best Director in the General Theatre Division 2008, 2011 and 2012 {winning in 2012}*

The Toronto Sun Performing Artist of the Year (2011)

Playwright’s Guild of Canada Women’s Caucus Bra d’Or Award for supporting and promoting the work of Canadian women playwrights (2011)

Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award  (2011)

Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Silver Ticket Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts (2010)



Play Development Coordinator
Mel Hague
Play Development Coordinator

Mel Hague is a Toronto based dramaturge. She is the Play Development Coordinator at Obsidian Theatre Company. Mel is the Rhubarb Festival Director and Company Dramaturge at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Mel has worked with Factory Theatre, bcurrent performing arts, fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre, Eastern Front Theatre, Queer Acts Festival, The Paprika Festival, and Mulgrave Road Theatre. Other theatre credits include Litmus Theatre’s Birth of Frankenstein (Dora Nomination – Outstanding New Play Independent Category)  Mel has an MFA in Theatre from York University.



Mentor/Apprentice Program Coordinator
Jamie Robinson
Mentor/Apprentice Program Coordinator

Jamie has worked across North America as an actor, director, writer, teacher and producer. He is currently the Artistic Director of Scarborough’s Guild Festival Theatre, and teaches acting at York University and with numerous Toronto youth organizations. He has worked extensively with The Stratford Festival, Blyth Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Factory Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and Young People’s Theatre to name a few. He is co-founder of several Theatre companies including Montreal’s Metachroma Theatre, promoting artists of diverse backgrounds. Jamie holds a Masters Degree in Theatre Directing and Teaching from York University, a BFA from Concordia University and is a graduate of the Stratford Birmingham Conservatory.



Associate General Manager
Luke Reece
Associate General Manager

Made possible by funding from the Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internships


Luke Reece is a graduate of York University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree with a Major in Theatre and Minor in Creative Writing. He is a biracial storyteller and community builder from Mississauga, engaging with young-in-craft artists that are as diverse as the community he lives in. Luke is the Artistic Director of Little Black Afro Theatre, Apprentice Resident Artist-Educator at Young People’s Theatre and co-creator of Dark Nights.

Luke has been a part of the SummerWorks Leadership Intensive Program, Theatre Gargantua’s Emerging Artist Round Table, Theatre Ontario’s Youth Advisory Committee, and Watah Theatre’s Professional Arts Training Initiative (formerly the Performing Arts Training Intensive). He is the recipient of the York University Imasco Performing Arts Award, York University Faculty of Fine Arts Opportunity Award, York University President’s Creative Writing Award for his play Definition, and Robert Beardsley Award For Young Playwrights.



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