Our 2015 season’s Playwright in Residence: trey anthony.
trey is an alumna of our rAiz’n the Sun Training Ensemble, content creator, Award winning playwright, Actor, Stand-up comedian, motivational speaker, and television series Executive Producer. Having done a staged reading of Black Mothers Don’t Say I Love You at b current’s 13th rock.paper.sistahz theatre Festival, she further developed it in the Banff 2015 Playwrights Colony and will culminate with a multi-day workshop in May 2015.
trey is known for the ground-breaking television & internationally successful play ‘da Kink in my Hair. Critics have referred to trey as the Oprah of the Canadian theatre scene! ‘da Kink, the play, was Dora Mavor Moore nominated and has received critical acclaim, in addition to breaking box office records everywhere it’s been mounted. It is the recipient of four NAACP Theatre awards and was the first Canadian play produced at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Canada’s largest commercial theatre. The play was also named as one of the top ten plays in Canada’s theatrical history having been seen in Atlanta, across California, and London, England. trey is the first Black Canadian woman to write and produce a television series on a major prime time Canadian network.
She is a former television producer for the Women’s Television Network (now W) and a writer for the Comedy Network and CTV. She was also the executive producer of the Urban Women’s Comedy Festival, dat girl, sho is funny! She co-wrote, I Am Not a Dinner Mint, The Crap Women Swallow to Stay in a Relationship! which debuted in 2006 to sold-out audiences. Trey Anthony Studios produced her brother Darren Anthony’s Secrets of a Black Boy, (the male response to ‘da Kink in my Hair) in 2009 at the prestigious Music Hall. www.treyanthonystudios.com
Past playwrights in residence:
2013-2014: Catherine Hernandez
*Presented I Cannot Lie to the Stars that Made Me at rps Festival 13 (May 2014); workshopped and presented a full production of The Femme Playlist in afteRock Plays, co-produced by Sulong Theatre Collective & Eventual Ashes (October 2014).
2012-2013: M. NourbeSe Philips, supported by the Ontario Arts Council
*Workshopping and staged readings of Harriet’s Daughter at afteRock Plays, as well as The Cosby Show and The Redemption of Al Bumen at rps Festival 12 (2013). Also hosted participatory readings of the recently published Zong! (which was featured in a theatre workshop presentation at rps Festival 5).
2011-2012: Edwige Jean-Pierre, supported by the Ontario Arts Council
*Presented Even Darkness is Made of Light at the rps Festival 10 (2011), and developed Psychic: The Musical during her residency.
2010-2011: Joan Kivanda, supported by the Ontario Arts Council
*Developed Virgin through her residency plus the rps Festival, and mounted a workshop production in Toronto High Schools.
2006-2009: Rebecca Fisseha
*Developed Wise.Woman through her residency plus the rps Festival, and premiered the show as the company’s mainstage production of 2009.