Philip Akin - Shaw Festival Theatre

Philip Akin

SHAW 2021: Director for Trouble in Mind; director for Gatsby’s Jazz, Sonny’s Blues.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: directed Of Marriage and Men, 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt, “Master Harold”…and the Boys, The Mountaintop, Topdog/Underdog.
ELSEWHERE: former Artistic Director, Obsidian Theatre Company; directed David Brock/Gareth Williams’ Million Billion Pieces, YPT; Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over, Anna Ziegler’s Actually, Harold Green Jewish Theatre; Stephen Karam’s The Humans, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre; Stew’s Passing Strange, Obsidian/Acting Up Stage; debbie tucker green’s hang, Lisa Codrington’s Up the Garden Path, Meghan Swaby’s Venus’ Daughter, Obsidian.
AWARDS: Toronto Theatre Critics award (best director, 2019: Actually and Pass Over); The Herbert Whittaker/CTCA award (distinguished contribution to Canadian theatre, 2019); Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2018); William Kilbourn award (the Celebration of Toronto’s Cultural Life); C.A.E.A. Lifetime Membership award (outstanding contributions to the performing arts); PGC Women’s Caucus Bra d’Or award (supporting and promoting the work of Canadian women playwrights); Mallory Gilbert Leadership award; T.A.P.A. Silver Ticket award (outstanding contribution to the arts).

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Trouble in Mind

Racial tension needs no dress rehearsal. A groundbreaking, forgotten classic of Black American Theatre from the Fifties.

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