Mumbi is an acclaimed theatre creator and director raised in Kenya and
Victoria, BC and based in Toronto. She recently won a Dora Award for her Outstanding Direction of The Brothers Size, which also won for Outstanding Production.
She is the Founder/Artistic Director of the experimental theatre company IFT (It’s A Freedom Thing Theatre) Theatre and also recently directed the critically acclaimed plays: Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre), Here are the Fragments (The Theatre Centre/The ECT Collective), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Soulpepper) and Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape (Obsidian/Soulpepper).
Mumbi is also the recipient of a Toronto Theatre Critics Award, an Artistic Director’s Award (Soulpepper), a Pauline McGibbon Award , a Mallory Gilbert Protege Award,
a Harold Award, and has been twice nominated for the John Hirsch Directing Award.
She is a graduate of Soulpepper Academy, York University and University of Toronto as well as Obsidian Theatre’s Mentor/Apprenticeship Program.
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.
Fatuma Adar is a Somali-Canadian writer based in Toronto. She was long-listed in CBC’s Creative Nonfiction Prize and profiled in Up Close: Young Black Women Making Canada Better. In 2017, she joined the third cohort of The Bars Workshop at the Public Theater in New York City. Her work has been featured in the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail and an anthology entitled Black Writers Matter published by the University of Regina Press. She is developing a new musical called Dixon Road with support from the OAC, TAC, Obsidian Theatre and The Musical Stage Company. Fatuma is excited to continue her work advocating for Black Creators as Obsidian’s Artistic Producer.
Learn more about Fatuma and her work on her website: www.fatumaadar.com
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.