The AMY PROJECT Auditions for a New Season of Young Women’s Creative Excellence!


“Dancing to a White Boy Song” Hits the Stage @ Summerworks Festival!

By Tendisai Cromwell for SWAY Magazine Online

As part of this year’s Summerworks Theatre Festival, Dancing to a White Boy Song is promising to be a unique theatrical experience.

Exploring the personal stories of three African immigrants, the title is a metaphor for an immigrant living in a Western culture. The narratives will unfold in a multidisciplinary fashion employing poetry, dance, and visual imagery.

In examining the overarching theme of ‘otherness’, the play will also explore family dynamics, intergenerational tensions, work, race, and address the notion of home.

The inspiration for the play lies in the immigrant experiences of Kenyan-born Director and Co-Creator Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu.

“It came from a very personal place, ”Otu revealed. “I immigrated here as a teenager with my family and I had a very rough transition.”

To actualize her aspirations, Otu collaborated with playwright,  poet [& Womenz Wordz facilitator] MOTION and choreographer, Meryem Alaoui.

“She hears poetry as the voices of the characters,” Motion said of Otu’s vision. “It’s a play that brings out different voices, rhythms, cadences, stories.”

The trio has been working since this past May to reflect the complexities of human expression in the play.

“It’s an exploration of how we express ourselves as human beings. We express ourselves through movement, through sound, sometimes through visual imagery, ”Otu said.

The final production will be inclusive of many aspects of various immigrant narratives and though the play explores African immigration, it also deals with many universal sub-themes and a wide range of shared human emotions.

“When we become personal, we can see how universal our experiences can be,” Motion said. “Every single one of us has had moments of insecurity. All of us have had those generational gaps that take place within families, within communities.”

“It’s up to each person to, I hope, feel somehow connected or find something that is relevant to their life, ”Alaoui expressed.

They encourage everyone to watch the play and leave hopefully with a greater understanding of issues surrounding the immigrant identity.

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Aneemah’s Spot

bcurrent and MotionLIVE presents the illest play that’s graced the stage. Come on out and support Womenz Wordz facilitator Motion as she premieres here spoken word play “Aneemah’s Spot”, part of the Rock.Paper.Sisterz Festival. Show takes place at May 15th (this Saturday!) at Artscape Wychwood Barns Theatre (610 Christie St), two shows: 2 pm and 5pm.

ANEEMAH’S SPOT: the Base is a stylistic mix of stealthy dialogue, rhyme and spoken word. The funeral of “G” brings Aneemah and Wan together to mourn, and share their histories, as they are forced to let go of the past and choose how they will navigate life, either apart or together, from this moment on.

Don’t miss it! Check here to RSVP on Facebook.


AUDITION NOTICE   dancing to a white boy song

A cross-disciplinary project co-created by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Meryem Alaoui and Motion.  Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu

Presented at Toronto Summerworks Theatre Festival, Aug 4-14 2011


3 Performers needed

  1. Male, Black/African background. 25-45
  2. Female, Black/African background. 25-45
  3. Female, Black/African background. 20-30

Performers will be required to play a wide range of ages and accents and ethnic backgrounds,

Performers should be comfortable working in an experimental rehearsal model and play development process.

Performers should be comfortable performing poetry and movement based work.

Audition Requirements:

Please prepare two contrasting monologues  (2 min max each) that show your ability to play characters of different ages. The key contrasting ages we are looking at are mid teens (14-17) and mid 40s.

Monologues from plays about Africa, or by Black/African playwrights are encouraged.

You will be also be asked to do some movement based work at the audition.

You may also be asked to do a cold read of a poetry piece.

To book an audition, email headshot and bio/resume to

Project Premise: A cross-disciplinary theatrical project exploring the metaphor of what it means to ‘dance to the beat of the other’. The project is inspired by personal stories and research on the psychology of the African immigrant in Canada.

Story: Carol Muthoni Maina, a fourteen year old girl is desperate to fit into a new school and a foreign culture and yet she longs for the freedom to be just who she is. Frightened of her own uniqueness and individuality, she goes into a desperate mission to change everything she can about herself.

‘LOVE and its DIALECTS’ @ the 2011 Paprika Festival


“Fighting the pressures of school and expectations, battling the responsibilities of relationships and life, five youth must navigate the tensions of passion, fear, desire and deception and choose whether to face reality or exist in illusion. As conflicts of the heart clash on the battlefields of their conscience who will see beyond the pain and who will be victim to it?”

Written by Amber Williams King | Directed by Shamelia Joseph

Stage Managed by Susie Jaroszewska

Starring: Alia Ettienne, Cleon Mills, Marlon Pecco, Shanaise Williams and Abhi Yogasegaran


Presented by the 2011 Paprika Festival

at Tarragon Theatre [30 Bridgman Avenue]

LAST SHOW this Saturday, March 26th at 7:00 pm

Tickets are FREE

Contact: 416.531.1827  |

Hennessey (a monologue)

by Amahnee


The memories tracing my skin disguise themselves

as your fingertips. When I lick my lips

I taste stale Hennessy-stained kisses,

like bitter grains of sugar,

and wonda

how long before the sweat of your flesh

no longer chokes me? Your phantom smile,

that playground grin of mischief,

still lingers in the shadows.

My breath smells of your promises,

the ones you whispered into my lungs like smoke.

I still cough up the blackened, unfulfilled hopes

and spit childhood dreams unto dirty concrete streets,

pretty rings and first kisses chasing the gutter.

Mommi always said, ‘watch yuhself.’

But images in a mirror aren’t always what they appear;

no matter how long you look.

I try to kill the fear buried in my belly –

but it’s already a dried-up seed, starved of light and love.


How did one mid-summa night touch

become my only truth?

July heat pressin’ down

on our bodies like a heavy hand,

strangling the air,

tryin’ to suffocate those sinista sounds.

But nothin’ can drown the symphony of a city soaked

with sweat, rum and lust.

Those cries grab the heavens,

dance around a mango-coloured moon and fall with the stars

like the glitter from my eyes.


I smelt you,

smelt you before I saw you.



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