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An Evening with Playwright Anne-Marie Woods
October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm$10
Playwright – Amani/Anne-Marie Woods is thrilled to read an excerpt from her play, Scotian Journey at the Africville Museum and to talk about her life and career in the arts.
Amani/Anne-Marie Woods is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist. She is an arts educator, producer, director and creative consultant. With roots in London, England and Trinidad and spending her formative years in Nova Scotia; 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 2013 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 career as a playwright began at George Dixon Community Centre in the 80’s and now her plays are hitting the professional stage. Her Theatrical Rhapsody She Said/He Said had a very successful World Premiere in Montreal at the MAI, produced by Black Theatre Workshop, a Nova Scotia debut at the Stages Theatre Festival and a Toronto Premiere at Aki Studio Theatre in 2016. Her new youth production, The Three Friends will be part of the Education Series at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing arts in February 2019. But, nothing thrills her heart more than Scotian Journey hitting the World Stage as part of the Black History Month School Tour at Black Theatre Workshop in 2019. Presently, she is the Acting 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
Scotian Journey 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.
Scotian Journey is the second one Woods’ plays to be produced by Black Theatre Workshop (BTW), Canada’s oldest Black theatre company. Two years ago in the Spring of 2016 she sat in the audience to watch the World Premiere of her play “She Said/He Said” at the MAI, directed by Quincy Armorer, BTW’s Artistic Director. “That was a life changing moment for me.” Now, Scotian Journey, directed by Jamie Robinson will grace the world stage for the first time as part of Black Theatre Workshop’s 48th season; a season that features five female playwrights of African descent. www.blacktheatreworkshop.ca/
Quote from Quincy Armorer – BTW’s Artistic Director
“Anne-Marie Woods is a talented writer. It was a wonderfully collaborative experience when we produced her play She Said/He Said back in 2016, and we are looking forward to touring local schools in Montreal with Scotian Journey a beautiful piece on the history of Black Canadians in Nova Scotia.”