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This profile was last updated on 9/11/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Artistic Director

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

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

Employment History

  • Vice President of the Board for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, A Member of the Performing Arts Internship Jury
    Metcalf Foundation

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ryerson Institute of Technology
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Web References
Staff • Obsidian Theatre Company, 11 Sept 2015 [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).
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, 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.
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.
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