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.

Obsidian Theatre Company in association with Nightwood Theatre present


Jan 16th – Feb 12th 2011

26 Berkeley Street Theatre (Downstairs)

Toronto, ON.

Written by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Philip Akin


Yanna McIntosh, Sterling Jarvis, Richard Alan Campbell, Marci T. House, Daniso Ndhlovu, Muoi Nene, Thomas Olajide, Anthony Palmer, Sabryn Rock, Marc Senior, Andre Sills and Sophia Walker

More Info!


On Saturday, January 15th, Up From The Roots presents the 11th Annual, When Sisters Speak Spoken Word Concert at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

Witness performances by Motion (Toronto), Erika Haygood (Buffalo), Kiki (Brantford), Tasha Jones (Indianapolis), Titi (Edmonton), Keisha Monique (Toronto), Hodan Ibrahim (Ottawa), with a special dance performance by Tamla Matthews.

Tickets are on sale now through the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office at 27 Front Street East, or 416.366.7723

Tickets range between $35 and $45


Obsidian Theatre Company

Call for Youth Theatre Artists

SHARDS Program

Can you write? Do you want to learn how? Read on!

Obsidian Theatre Company is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development and production of the Black voice. We are looking for energetic and enthusiastic youth ages 15 to 23 with an interest in Theatre and Playwrighting.

Obsidian is offering paid Shards positions as part of the 2010-11 season. Selected participants will be given the opportunity to develop playwrighting skills alongside noted Obsidian Theatre company members. The Shards Program is a playwright unit for black youth who have an interest in writing and a curiosity about the arts. No experience needed – just a willingness to learn.

Participants will work with a professional mentor/dramaturge as well as with some of the finest theatre professionals in the Toronto community. This is a three month long commitment commencing January 2011 and ending April 2011. The Program aims to help youth develop writing skills and provide a unique vehicle for artistic expression.

Submission Guidelines:
Submissions must be in no later Monday December 20th 2010.

– Applicants must identify as a member of the black diaspora.
– Applicants must be attending school
– Applicants must be committed and willing to attend every meeting

How to apply:
If you are interested in applying, send a short description of why you would like to be in the program or a small writing sample (no more than two pages) to Leah-Simone Bowen at

To learn more about us, visit



presented by: Soulpepper Theatre

October 19 – November 13

Weyni Mengesha’s award-winning production of this deeply moving and uplifting play returns with the original cast. Three generations of a black American family discover love, dignity, courage, and hope amidst the tribulations of racial intolerance.

Directed by: Weyni Mengesha

Starring: Awaovieyi Agie, Barbara Barnes-Hopkins,

Abena Malika, Diego Matamoros, Charles Officer,

Kofi Payton, Alison Sealy-Smith, Bahia Watson


With a live performance by ANIA SOUL, along with up and coming artists such as Dominique Grant, Gifty Singh and Kyauna Clarke, the soul-full artist will release the video to her debut single ‘Eagle’ which also features a cameo by Juno award-winning reggae artist, Humble. The night will be hosted by Najjah with giveaways provided by Big it Up.


October 8th & 9th


The Global Cabaret Festival features Canada’s most dynamic and exciting performers for a weekend-long festival bursting with songs, stories and ideas. The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is transformed into four intimate club venues. Experience these extraordinary artists up close while enjoying delicious food and drinks from the Young Centre café/bar.

Concert Schedule 2010


scotiabank NUIT BLANCHE toronto

a free all-night contemporary art event

Toronto’s annual sunset to sunrise celebration of contemporary art returns to mark a five-year milestone. Discover art in galleries, museums and unexpected places. From building façades and city parks to alleyways and heritage buildings, choose from more than 130 destinations and chart your own path.

October 2, 2010

6:57 pm – sunrise

Click for more info



Poetic Fashion, Sept 2, St. Lawrence Theatre of the Performing Arts


August 25th, Nathan Phillip Square


WomenzWordz Blog Launch Party


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