The future is bright! Here's a little glimpse into our Living Black Genius, program in partnership with Rathburn Area Youth Project (RAY). Black History may be recognized in the month of February but for us Black Empowerment is a lifestyle. We can't wait to branch out the program to an area near you :)
Come and join us for the Black Empowerment Celebration at Rathburn Area Youth Project (RAY) on Friday February 3rd, 2017.
Living Black Genius will be hosting an evening of food, entertainment and special guests in partnership with RAY, with support by:
ArtReach, Toronto Arts Council, United Way, City of Toronto and Youth Space.
Where: 500 The East Mall Mall, Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Room 124 | When: 6 to 9 PM
Admission is free to all!
Black Men in Theatre returns Spring 2017. This event was created out of need to get more brothers involved, recognized, and their authentic stories shared on stage.
We encourage Black identified male playwrights and artists who have new works in development to apply. Multidisciplinary pieces are of particular interest, including experimental, contemporary, traditional themes that include music, movement, visual art, etc. Artists, such as dancers/choreographers and musicians/vocalists, are welcome to submit.
Selected artists will receive mentorship, promotion and a performance honorarium.
To be considered for this professional showcase, please send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday January 20, 2017:
- Play synopsis and script sample (if applicable)
- Support material (video links, press, pictures, etc if applicable)
- Number of anticipated cast members/team including director and performers
- Estimated length of piece
- Head shot (high res)
- Bio (100 words)
- First and last name and phone number of primary contact
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Back by popular demand for 1-show-only, a double bill of 'The Adonis Project' by Leighton Alexander Williams and 'The Negroes are Congregating' by Natasha Adiyana Morris runs Friday October 21 at Dancemakers Theatre Studio (15 Case Goods Lane #313). 7:30 PM showtime.
Didn't catch the show at the PIECE OF MINE Festival or want to see it again? (Yes, there are many who have come twice) Here's your chance! Tickets are $20 in adv / $25 door. Limited seats, purchase in advance here.
Straight Outta Stratford Trip. Supported by ArtReach, RAY, Laidlaw Foundation and Toronto Arts Council.
ArtReach intern Cassey Andrews wrote an reflective article on our Living Black Genius program, in partnership with Rathburn Area Youth Project (RAY). The funding body, along with Toronto Arts Council, has been crucial to getting the program off the ground. Thank you for the feature! #IAmArtReachRead the full article HERE.Living Black Genius is a program designed to illuminate the living Black Canadian geniuses of today. Created out of the necessity for adequate representations of Black Canadian role models beyond the minimal depiction in the media, Natasha, the founder of Living Black Genius, explained, “the stereotype would be a rapper, musician, entertainer, or athlete … when we asked the kids in our program who a Black Canadian role model (was), we got blank stares – and Drake.”
“When (we) think Canadian, (we) must think all Canadians. Especially if you’re a Black Canadian, you want to be represented in your country.”
With youths’ aspirations tied to these scarce representations, it was vital to the LBG team to fill in the narrative. Natasha told us, “When (we) think Canadian, (we) must think all Canadians. Especially if you’re a Black Canadian, you want to be represented in your country.” So, the team took on the task of broadening the spectrum. The program, which happens twice a week, has brought in a variety of professionals, “we wanted there to be a mixed bag (of professionals), because some are going to speak more to others than others”.
No it's not Black History Month...The 4th Annual PIECE OF MINE Festival takes place October 11 to 16, 2016 at Palmerson Library Theatre, an intimate black box venue steps from Bathurst Station. This year's featured playwrights present a compilation of storylines covering culture, rebellion and avant garde flair, all of which are new works in development by Black playwrights.
Culture. Rebellion. Avant Garde.
Indulge in a bold line-up of new works in development by Black play creators.
* intended for mature audience ** family friendly
- *Tuesday Oct 11 | 7:30 PM | The Negroes Are Congregating by Natasha Adiyana Morris + The Adonis Project by Leighton Alexander Williams + Opening Act
- **Wednesday Oct 12 | 7:30 PM | ZIP Code 45LS by Sabrina Moella + Fresh Talent Cabaret + Short Film MERAKI
- *Thursday Oct 13 | 7:30 PM | The Adonis Project by Leighton Alexander Williams + The Negroes Are Congregating by Natasha Adiyana Morris + Opening Act
- **Friday Oct 14 | 7:30 PM | ZIP Code 45LS by Sabrina Moella + Fresh Talent Cabaret + Short Film Living Black Genius
- *Saturday Oct 15 | 7:30 PM | The Negroes Are Congregating by Natasha Adiyana Morris + The Adonis Project by Leighton Alexander Williams + Opening Act
- **Sunday Oct 16 | 3:00 PM | ZIP Code 45LS by Sabrina Moella + Fresh Talent Cabaret + Short Film MERAKI
Please link to details: Doors open half an hour before showtime.Talkbacks take place at the end of night, approximately 9:30 PM each night.Palmerson Library Theatre is walking distance from Bathurst Station. Green P is available across the street from the venue.Credit cards accepted at the door. Debit interac cannot be processed at this time.Featured Play Descriptions
- Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. See both nights for $25 (advance) $35 (door).
THE ADONIS PROJECT is, at face value, a story about human beings and their relationship to vanity. The play follows Beauty and her struggles navigating the dating world, as problems arise due to partners wanting more from her (Perfection). Soon she meets a surgeon named Alexander Castle, who shows her a different way of living and uses her as a muse to pitch his new groundbreaking idea: a world where everyone gets the opportunity to be deemed flawless and equal. Consequently, this proposes conflicts with government laws and things take a turn for the worst.
THE NEGROES ARE CONGREGATING is a contemporary look at race relations 2.0. Speaking directly to the (Canadian) audience, the play displays seemingly everyday encounters but extracts political correctness. It's bubbling, haunting, and 100% unapologetic.
ZIP CODE 45LS | Bina is a 9 year-old child who dreams about becoming a superhero. There's only one problem: she lives in the infamous 45LS area, a low-income French neighbourhood known for many things...but not its plethora of superheroes. To what extent does a 'problematic' postal code determine a child's future? Surrounded by her inseparable cousins, mischievous friends and resourceful aunties, Bina is determined to find out. Based on the author's real childhood memories, 'ZIP CODE 45LS' is a one-woman play that blends stand-up comedy, poetry, dance and storytelling. After traveling to Africa with her first play Made in Congo, Sabrina Moella invites the audience to find out about her 'wonder years' in this irresistible coming-of-age story set in an urban area.
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Here is a look at our first Living Black Genius program, in partnership with Rathburn Area Youth Project (RAY) and funded by ArtReach Toronto!
All things come to an end but we had an incredible time partnering with Rathburn Area Youth Porject (RAY)
for the Living Black Genius
(LBG) program, funded by ArtReach
. Led by Amanda Nicholls, Natasha Adiyana Morris, and Deniis Langley, we're so happy to expanded our programming to work with youth because we luv the kids!
Living Black Genius hosted eight guest Black Canadian facilitators from artistic, entrepreneurial and political professions that are often 'invisible' in our society. We provide living role-models to balance out Black History figures, which tend to be overwhelmingly from African American history and several generations removed from youth. The program also included trips to shows including Up the Garden path produced by Obsidian Theatre and Black Men in Theatre, produced by PIECE OF MINE Festival.