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1089 Dundas Street East
Toronto, Ontario,M4M 1R9
Founded in February 2000, Obsidian Theatre Company has quickly grown into one of the leading independent theatre companies in the country with a full schedule of productions, playwright/play development and professional training programs. Since the company's i... more.
Philip Akin - Biography
Philip Akin - Biography Phil Akin, actor, Philip Akin is a busy character and voice actor and theatre director who has been active for over 35 years on the Canadian stage and in film and television. He was born in 1950 in Kingston, Jamaica, and his parents moved to Oshawa, Ontario, in 1953. He and his brothers followed suit the next year. Shortly after attending high school, Akin studied at the Ryerson Institute of Technology (now Ryerson University) in Toronto. In 1975, he became the school's first acting graduate, landing a role just a few days later in a Shaw Festival production of Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra. Akin first came to prominence in the early 1980s when he performed on the comedy series Bizarre (1980-85), which was shot in Toronto. In 2000, Akin was a founding member of Obsidian Theatre, Canada's leading black theatre company, and has served as its Artistic Director since 2006. In this role, he has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and guidance for emerging artists. In 2002, he was part of the team that launched the Obsidian Mentor/Apprentice Program, a one-of-a-kind program that has helped black artists embark on careers with some of the most established Canadian performing arts companies. Akin was most recently seen on stage in the 2009 production of The Last days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre) and the 2007 productions of Othello and Of Mice and Men (Stratford Festival). In 2010, Akin received the Silver Ticket Award for outstanding contribution to the arts presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. In 2011, he was honoured with the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award, the Bra D'Or Award from the Playwright's Guild of Canada and was the Toronto Sun's Performance Artist of the Year. He is currently the vice-president of the board for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and a member of the Humber College Theatre Program's Advisory Board. He has also served on juries for Theatre Ontario, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council. In 1983, Akin began studying Yoshinkan Aikido and is a 5th degree black belt in that art. He has also trained in Jing Mo Kung Fu and T'ai chi ch'uan. Also see: Philip Akin's filmography. Philip Akin
Artistic Director Philip Akin has been acting and directing for over 40 years. In 2000, he was a founding member of Obsidian Theatre, Canada's leading black theatre company, and has served as its Artistic Director since 2006. In this role, he has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and guidance for emerging artists. In 2002, he was part of the team that launched the Obsidian Mentor/Apprentice Program, a one-of-a-kind program that has so far helped 60 black artists embark on exciting careers as directors, dramaturges, producers, production managers, lighting, set and costume designers with some of the most established performing arts companies nationwide.
Directed by Philip Akin
The title of this reflection comes from Philip Akin, the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre.
Mitchell Marcus (Artistic Producer, Acting Up Stage), Elenna Mosoff (Associate Producer, Acting Up Stage), Philip Akin (Artistic Director, Obsidian Theatre)
From left to right: Mitchell Marcus (Artistic Producer, Acting Up Stage), Elenna Mosoff (Associate Producer, Acting Up Stage), Philip Akin (Artistic Director, Obsidian Theatre)