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On June 30, The Shaw celebrated Philip Akin on his last day as Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre.
Philip and the Shaw Festival have a long standing relationship: he was set to direct the Canadian premiere of Trouble in Mind at The Shaw this year. In 2000, Philip was one of many artists to create Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading Black theatre company and a space to put Black plays, Black artists and Black voices at the forefront of the stage. At The Shaw, Philip has directed Topdog/Underdog (2011), The Mountaintop (2014), “Master Harold” …and the Boys (2016), 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt (2017), and Of Marriage and Men (2018).
We have profound respect and admiration for Philip and his unequivocal mark on Canadian Theatre. His artistry, leadership, and brilliant voice continues to champion and inspire countless Black artists. His mentorship has fuelled a new generation of artists to step into their own power in our industry.
We wish Philip the very best in this new chapter of his life.
Philip, your legacy is profound and everlasting, and we at the Shaw Festival thank you.