Philip Akin - Shaw Festival Theatre

Phil Akin
Philip Akin
Director

SHAW 2022: Director for Gem of the Ocean.
(Selected Credits) FOR THE SHAW: directed Trouble in Mind, Gatsby’s Jazz, Sonny’s Blues, 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 MTC; 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).

Also onstage in 2022
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The Importance of Being Earnest

In love, the most important thing is to be yourself. Or someone else.

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This Is How We Got Here

A Dora and Carol Bolt award-winning and Governor General nominated play of love, loss, and letting go.

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Gem of the Ocean

The first play in August Wilson’s THE AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE, his legendary ten-play cycle on the African-American experience in the 20th century.

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