Obsidian Theatre Company

Recent News

2019-2020 Season Announced

July 19th, 2019

READ THE FULL LINEUP AND PRESS RELEASE HERE

2018-2019 Dora Awards

July 12th, 2019

2018-2019 OBSIDIAN THEATRE DORA AWARDS

 

WINNERS:

 

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY BY JOCELYN BIOH

IN ASSOCIATION WITH NIGHTWOOD THEATRE

 

- Outstanding Production

- Nina Lee Aquino – Outstanding Direction

 

 

NOMINATIONS:

 

Congratulations to all of the artists we have worked with this season

on the 10 Dora Award Nominations!

 

 

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY BY JOCELYN BIOH

IN ASSOCIATION WITH NIGHTWOOD THEATRE

 

-       Outstanding Production

-       Nina Lee Aquino – Outstanding Direction

-       Natasha Mumba – Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role

-       Bria McLaughlin – Outstanding Performance in a Feature Role

-       Rachel Forbes – Outstanding Scenic Design

-       Joanna Yu – Outstanding Costume Design

-       Reza Jacobs – Outstanding Sound Design

 

 

ORALTORIO: A THEATRICAL MIXTAPE, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY MOTION, MUSIC AND PERFORMED BY DJ L’OQENZ,

PRESENTED BY SOULPEPPER THEATRE COMPANY

-       Mumbi Tindyebwa – Outstanding Direction

-       Thomas Ryder Payne and DJ L’Oqenz – Outstanding Sound Design

 

 

JUDAS NOIR, ADAPTED BY LEIGHTON ALEXANDER WILLIAMS FROM THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT BY STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS

BDB PRODUCTION’S INC. PRESENTED BY OBSIDIAN THEATRE

 

Philip Akin to step down as Artistic Director

April 11th, 2019

Philip Akin to step down as Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre

 

Philip Akin has announced that he will be stepping down after 14 seasons as the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading culturally specific theatre company. Though he will remain in his position until 2020, the search for new artistic leadership begins now.

 

In 2000, Philip along with 12 other prominent Black artists came together with the vision for an organization by and for Black theatre creators; one that would never need to reach for whiteness. Obsidian Theatre was formed, named for a black volcanic glass that alluded to creation and breaking new ground. Philip served on the board of directors, and as the company’s administrative producer before becoming Artistic Director in 2006. After the company celebrates their 20th season, he will leave the Obsidian in the hands of someone new.

 

This transition marks an important time for both the company and the theatre community. Under Philip’s leadership since 2006, Obsidian Theatre has grown to become a hub for Black theatre makers across the country. We are now known as a company that creates space for risk-taking; values and pays for the work of artists; and which works for change by creating a culture of radical generosity. As Artistic Director, Philip has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities, guidance, and ongoing support for young-in-craft artists. He will be deeply missed.

- Harmony Cohen, Chair of Obsidian Theatre’s Board of Directors

 

Read the full release here:

http://www.obsidiantheatre.com/wp-obsidian/wp-content/uploads/Philip_Announcement_Final.pdf

2018 Premier’s Arts Awards

April 10th, 2019

We are proud to announce that our Artistic Director, Philip Akin, has been named the 2018 Artist Award laureate for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, along with his selected Emerging Artist Leighton Alexander Williams.

 

They are sharing these honours with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, the 2018 Arts Organization laureate – the world’s largest festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital & interactive media made by Indigenous screen content creators.

 

“I have always said that it’s the work and not the awards that matter. And yet I find myself profoundly touched that a group of my peers conferred this honour on me. I wish my mom was still alive to see this day.” – Philip Akin

 

Full release:
http://www.obsidiantheatre.com/…/Premiers_Awards_Release_Ob…

“I’m very blessed to achieve this award, especially after a year of producing work that speaks to social issues currently happening in our world. I’m eternally grateful to Philip Akin and Obsidian Theatre who saw something within me” - Leighton Alexander Williams

 

“This award is a testament to the incredible vitality of the Indigenous media arts community and the talented artists, supportive community members, and passionate staff, volunteers and Board that make imagineNATIVE possible.” – Jason Ryle, Artistic & Managing Director at imagineNATIVE

 

The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts program is administered by the Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario on behalf of the Ontario Government‘s Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Winners are selected by a jury of artists and arts professionals.

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