Scotian Journey

Black History Month School Tour
Directed by Jamie Robinson

Feb. 4 – Mar. 2, 2019 – World Premiere; Montreal

Sierra Carvery is a young Black woman from Halifax, Nova Scotia who, as she completes a university history paper, gets distracted by thoughts about down home and heading back for the Africville Reunion. She recounts these experiences through storytelling, song and spoken word. Scotian Journey reveals the history and stories about Nova Scotia that are still relevant today, but not yet in the history books.

Playwright – Anne-Marie Woods

Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist. She is an arts educator, producer, director and creative consultant. With roots in London, England and Trinidad; her life and career has always challenged boundaries and blended multiple genres or styles. In 2001, she held the honour of being the first African Canadian to have a featured play Waiting to Explode at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina. Voted as one 100 Black Women in Canada to Watch and the winner of a BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment, she has performed and presented in the UK, Trinidad, and the World Famous Nuyorican Café in New York City. Her Theatrical Rhapsody She Said/He Said had a very successful World Premiere in Montreal at the MAI in 2016 produced by Black Theatre Workshop. Her other new play, The Three Friends will be part of the Education Series at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing arts in 2019. Presently, she is a Cultural Outreach Officer for The City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture Department/Arts Services Division. Her future endeavours include completing her first poetry manuscript and a motivational book for young women.  www.imaniartsbiz.com

Director – Jamie Robinson

Hailing from Toronto, Jamie is thrilled to be back in Montreal where he received his Theatre Performance Bachelor’s degree from Concordia, and later co-founded Metachroma Theatre. He is artistic director of Toronto’s Guild Festival Theatre,  and has directed several works with Obsidian Theatre, Theatre Erindale and York University. As an actor, Theatre credits include: Risky Phil (Young People’s Theatre. Dora Award, Best Actor), Gas Girls (New Harlem Productions. Dora Award nomination, Best Actor), Richard III (Metachroma Theatre. META nomination, Best Actor), Romeo & Juliet (Canadian Stage in High Park), and four seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada. Film/TV acting credits include: Condor (AT & T), Private Eyes (Global), In Contempt (BET), Falling Water (Universal), Conviction (ABC), Saving Hope (CTV), and Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury). Jamie holds a Masters Degree in Theatre Directing and Teaching from York University, and is professor of acting for York University and University of Toronto. www.jamierobinson.ca

Set, Prop & Costume Design – Nalo Soyini Bruce

I am Nalo Soyini Bruce, a Montreal-based artist and designer of Caribbean origins. My mission is to evoke artful worlds rooted in functionality and practicality. The narratives of stage production benefit from physical constructions that define the setting, but also from the rich associations that vibrant colour relationships, textured surfaces and varied materials can evoke. In my set design process, I use 3D renderings (digital representations that appear photographically real). This enables all production team members to see, with photographic realism and detail, what the finished design will appear like in advance. Modifications to the design can take place in virtual form rather than rethinking a built construction. I design expressive costumes that reinforce each character’s identity and that allow for movement and flexibility. All props are conceived with sustainability and quality in mind. You are invited to explore my website www.workroom.xyz