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 61 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 UnderdogThe 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 MedeaBorn 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.




Dora Nominations for Best Director in the General Theatre Division 2008, 2011, 2012 {winning in 2012}*, two nominations 2017 {winning in 2017 for “Master Harold”…and the Boys)

My Entertainment Award: Best Director- Venus’ Daughter (2016)

Toronto Theatre Critics Award: Best Director- “Master Harold”…and the Boys (2017)

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)

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)

The Grid’s #2 2013 Theatre MVP

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

The Toronto Sun Performing Artist of the Year (2011)



General Manager
Michael Sinclair
General Manager

Michael feels like he is coming home, having stage managed Obsidian’s first show, Djanet Sears’s ‘Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God’ plus several other shows for Obsidian over the years. He now joins the company as our new General Manager. Prior to a career in stage management, Michael worked as an accountant and so he brings a strong financial background to the job. He is well versed in theatre from one end of the country to the other. Michael is looking forward to marrying the administrative and the production elements in the theatre community and all the challenges that they present. This is what Obsidian does best; we give our community the tools and craft to help people make those major career moves.




Luke Reece

Luke Reece is a Producer, Playwright, and Spoken Word Artist based in Toronto. He loves engaging with and empowering young-in-craft artists that are as diverse as the community he lives in. Along with being the Producer at Obsidian Theatre Luke is the co-creator of the Dark Nights conversation series, and Artistic Director of Little Black Afro Theatre. He teaches and facilitates regularly with Crow’s Theatre, CANVAS Arts Action Programs, and the Paprika Festival. Luke is the 2017 Toronto Poetry Slam Grand Champion and captained the 2017 Toronto team. Most recently the team competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word against teams across the country, and placed first. Individually, Luke placed 2nd in Canada at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Finals in 2018.



Company Dramaturge
Myekah Payne
Company Dramaturge

Myekah Payne is a Developmental/Production Dramaturge based in the city of Toronto. Myekah has a diploma in Musical Theatre Performance. She also completed a 2 year new play dramaturgy program while working on her BA at York University. She currently works as a production dramaturge for Driftwood Theatre, a Shakespeare touring company also based in Toronto. Being OTC’s Company Dramaturge is a position she is excited to take on for 18/19 season. Myekah is passionate about storytelling and theatre and cannot wait to bring this into her work with Obsidian.



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