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Obsidian Theatre Company



Artistic Director: Philip Akin

Artistic Producer: Leah-Simone Bowen

Obsidian is Canada’s leading culturally diverse theatre company. Our threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice. Obsidian produces plays from a world-wide canon focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the works of highly acclaimed Black playwrights. Obsidian provides  artistic support, promoting the development of work by Black theatre makers and offering training opportunities through mentoring and apprenticeship programs for emerging Black artists.


Obsidian Theatre Company was born out of a passionate sense of artistic responsibility – a responsibility to bring the Black voice, in its many artistic dialects, to Canada’s cultural forefront. Obsidian encourages Black artists to expand their vision of what they perceive, create and present to a national audience. Obsidian continues to play a prominent role in Canada’s theatrical mosaic by showcasing the work of both emerging and established Black artists.


Since its inception, our development programs have led many artists to expand their professional development and create new Canadian works. Through our training programs, we produce plays, develop playwrights and train  emerging theatre professionals. (


Produced by Obsidian Theatre Company

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner May 12th, 2024 – May 26th, 2024
shaniqua in abstraction April 9th, 2024 – April 28th, 2024
Three Sisters February 29th, 2024 – March 24th, 2024
speaking of sneaking September 19th, 2023 – October 1st, 2023
Fairview March 4th, 2023 – March 26th, 2023
Dixon Road June 3rd, 2022 – June 19th, 2022
Is God Is May 6th, 2022 – May 22nd, 2022
Caroline, or Change January 30th, 2020 – February 16th, 2020
Pass Over October 22nd, 2019 – November 10th, 2019
Actually September 14th, 2019 – September 29th, 2019
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls March 5th, 2019 – March 24th, 2019
Hang February 6th, 2018 – February 25th, 2018
The Other Side of the Game October 14th, 2017 – November 5th, 2017
Passing Strange January 24th, 2017 – February 5th, 2017
Up the Garden Path March 23rd, 2016 – April 10th, 2016
Venus’ Daughter February 14th, 2016 – February 28th, 2016
The Wild Party February 20th, 2015 – March 8th, 2015
The Mountaintop September 27th, 2014 – October 19th, 2014
Once on this Island January 21st, 2014 – February 9th, 2014
The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble November 2nd, 2013 – December 1st, 2013
The Whipping Man March 21st, 2013 – April 14th, 2013
Shakespeare’s Nigga February 7th, 2013 – February 23rd, 2013
Caroline, or Change January 21st, 2012 – February 12th, 2012
Topdog/Underdog November 22nd, 2011 – December 4th, 2011
Ruined January 16th, 2011 – February 12th, 2011
Intimate Apparel February 8th, 2010 – March 6th, 2010
Yellow-Man November 2nd, 2009 – November 14th, 2009
Late September 11th, 2008 – October 5th, 2008
Black Medea September 11th, 2008 – October 5th, 2008
Intimate Apparel January 16th, 2008 – February 3rd, 2008
The Monument March 4th, 2006 – March 25th, 2006

Presented by Obsidian Theatre Company

Dirty Butterfly October 30th, 2013 – November 17th, 2013

Current Staff

Philip Akin Artistic Director
Leah-Simone Bowen Artistic Producer
Mel Hague Play Development Coordinator
Rupal Shah Mentor/Apprentice Program Coordinator

Former staff

Motion Playwright-in-Residence