Obsidian Theatre Company



A new initiative from Obsidian Theatre

It always amazes me how artistic vision can morph and shift and bring ideas into focus. I often talk about how Obsidian exists to help develop and provide opportunities for theatre artists and this season we are diving deeper to make this an even bigger part of what we do. This multi-pronged approach to networking for young-in-craft artists, sponsorship support for other Black theatres and an exploration into movement creation and theatre, will all be under the Darktown banner.

– Philip Akin Artistic Director

2019-2020 DARKTOWN


The 2019-2020 Darktown Director’s Project has been cancelled due to COVID-19. For information on what would have been the production please see the Blacktop Sky page.


For information on the Director’s Project program please click here.


2019-2020 Associates 


Kanika Ambrose – Assistant Director, Actually with Obsidian Theatre and Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company


Samson Brown – Assistant Director, A Million Billion Pieces with Yonge People’s Theatre


Patricia Darbasie  – Assistant Director, The Colour Purple with Citadel Theatre


Ghislaine Dote – Assistant Director,  Da Kink in My Hair with Arts Club


Daniel Ellis – Playwright/Performer, speaking of sneaking with CARIFESTA XIV


Jay Northcott – Assistant Director, Pass Over with Obsidian Theatre


Cherissa Richards – Assistant Director, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre


Marcel Stewart – Factory Foreman & Assistant Director, House with Factory Theatre



Black Ties

November 25th, 2019, 7:00pm

Buddies in Bad Times Cabaret, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto

RSVP to rsvp@obsidiantheatre.com 




2018-2019 DARKTOWN


Judas Noir – October 9th – 20th 2018 


Black Ties 2018 – Monday, October 29th

Our upcoming event Darktown: Black Ties is a key part of our mission. It is a bringing together of young-in-craft and professional Black theatre artists from across the nation to chat, connect and eat good food. More details to come.








Rising Tide: Surfacing POC Artists – APRIL 2017
Presented by TakingITGlobal & Little Black Afro Theatre
Supported by Obsidian Theatre’s Darktown and the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness


Black Ties – NOVEMBER 2017

This year we hosted a panel discussion featuring Kevin Hanchard (Orphan Black), Vanessa Sears (Shaw Festival Theatre), Leah-Simone Bowen (Toronto Arts Council) and more!



By Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter

Workshopped and Produced by Black iNK Collective

Sponsored through Darktown with additional support from the National Theatre School of Canada


Obsidian Associates

Tawiah M’Carthy – Assistant Director, Shaw Festival

Amanda Cordner – Assistant Director, Other Side of the Game

Kwaku Okyere – Foreman, Factory Theatre

Myekah Payne – Assistant Dramaturg, Obsidian Theatre Company




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