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Artistic Director

Phone: (416) ***-****  HQ Phone
Obsidian Theatre Company
943 Queen St E
Toronto , Ontario M4M 1J6
Canada

Company Description: Obsidian Theatre (OTC) is a company passionately dedicated to the exploration, development and production of the Black voice on the world stage.
Background

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Ryerson Institute of Technology
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Staff • Obsidian Theatre Company
www.obsidiantheatre.com, 5 Nov 2014 [cached]
Philip Akin Artistic Director
Philip Akin has been acting and directing for over 30 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 31 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.
Philip Akin was most recently seen on stage in the 2009 re-mount production of The Last days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre) and the 2007 productions of Othello and Of Mice and Men (Stratford Shakespeare Festival).
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In 2011, Philip 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. In 2010, he received the Silver Ticket Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts. He is currently the Vice-President of the Board for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, a member of the Metcalf Foundation's Performing Arts Internship Jury and a member of the Humber College Theatre Program's Advisory Board. He has also served on juries for Theatre Ontario, OAC, Canada Council for the Arts and has spoken on many panels particularly in the area of cultural diversity in the arts.
TAPA - Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts - Communique
www.tapa.ca, 23 April 2009 [cached]
The new Dora award will become an icon of Toronto's vibrant and diverse performing arts community," says Philip Akin, chair of the Redesign Committee.
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Philip Akin, Jury Chair: Philip is a Founding Member of the Obsidian Theatre Company and is currently its Artistic Director. Directing: Black Medea (Obsidian Theatre), Intimate Apparel (Obsidian Theatre), and Born Ready (Obsidian Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille). Upcoming: Toronto the Good (Factory Theatre). Philip has been an actor for the last 33 years and was last seen in Othello {Stratford Festival} and this spring he will reprise his Dora nominated performance in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre). He has also performed in over 150 movies, MOWs, television shows and series, the most recent as a recurring character in Flashpoint.
People | Metcalf Foundation
metcalffoundation.com, 28 May 2014 [cached]
Philip Akin, Obsidian Theatre Company
TAPA - Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts - Doras
www.tapa.ca, 12 Sept 2010 [cached]
Philip Akin Honoured with the 2010 Silver Ticket Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Canadian Theatre
One of the country's major contributors to Canadian theatre, Obsidian Theatre Artistic Director Philip Akin was presented with the Silver Ticket Award at the 31st Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, held Monday evening, June 28, 2010 at Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre.
Since 1980, the Silver Ticket Award has been bestowed upon an individual who has excelled in their own career while also nurturing the development of Canadian theatre. Presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), the Silver Ticket Award winner is selected by a committee of previous winners and entitles the recipient to a lifetime of theatre tickets to any TAPA member company production.
Philip Akin has been acting and directing in Toronto theatre for over 30 years. A founding member since 2000 of Obsidian Theatre, Canada's leading black theatre company, he has served as its Artistic Director since 2006.
In his role as Obsidian Theatre's Artistic Director, he has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities and guidance for emerging artists. In 2002, he launched the Obsidian Mentor/Apprentice Program, a one-of-a-kind program that has so far helped 26 black artists embark on exciting careers as directors, dramaturges, producers and production managers as well as lighting, set and costume designers with some of the most established performing arts companies nationwide. The program gives apprentices the chance to learn from some of the most sought-after experts in the industry, and to work on two professional productions.
Philip Akin has also personally mentored a dozen emerging playwrights through Obsidian's Playwrights Unit, which he created in 2006. As leader of the unit, Philip focuses on the development of the playwrights rather than on play creation, and encourages open discussions about moving stories beyond the stereotypical 'Black History' play. Every one of the unit's original participants has gone on to have a work produced and/or is workshopping new works to be produced in the near future.
In addition to the programs he has founded at Obsidian, Akin works with and mentors the next generation of Toronto theatre artists, teaching writers about self-producing and budgeting, coaching young actors for auditions and providing Obsidian fundraising resources to smaller companies. He has earned a reputation for being a source of support and guidance for young artists in Toronto's theatre community.
Philip Akin was most recently seen on stage in the 2009 remount production of The Last days of Judas Iscariot (Birdland Theatre), and the 2007 productions of Othello and Of Mice and Men at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. His directing credits include Toronto the Good and El Paso (Factory Theatre), Intimate Apparel (for Canadian Stage, Obsidian Theatre), and Black Medea, Born Ready and Pusha Man (all for Obsidian Theatre). His film and television credits include Shake Hands With the Devil (2007), The Sum of All Fears (2002) and "Flashpoint" (2008-2009).
Akin serves as a TAPA board member, as well as a jury member for several granting bodies at both provincial and federal levels and is a member of the Metcalf Foundation Strategic Initiative Committee. He has participated in panels for Magnetic North, PACT, Playwrights Guild of Canada and speaks regularly to theatre classes at George Brown, Ryerson, Brock and Humber College.
Watch an interview with Director Philip ...
www.shawfest.com, 2 Nov 2014 [cached]
Watch an interview with Director Philip Akin!
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