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I Was Born White

I Was Born White ()

Produced by

We Are Knot Rivals

Presented by

The Toronto Fringe Festival

Playwright: Melisse Watson
Director: Melisse Watson
Choreographer: Salé Almirante


The Robert Gill Theatre


July 2nd, 2014 – July 12th, 2014

Awards & Nominations

Winner of the 2014 Toronto Fringe Patron’s Pick


A true story of adoption from the perspective of a child who was born white, and the family who never prepared for otherwise. You will be taken on the journey of a Black child, of white and Indigenous ancestry who pieces together stories of who they are, rediscovering the Truth. Witness the complexities of a child learning to see themselves holistically. (Toronto Fringe Program, 2014).


Hannah Dees Dancer
Salé Almirante Dancer
Corrie Sakaluk Dancer
Chaliz La Madrid Dancer
Benjamin Aaron Jaarsma Dancer

Creative Team

Melisse Watson Playwright
Melisse Watson Director
Salé Almirante Choreographer


Rio Runakanta Drummer
Amai Kuda Drummer
Y Josephine Drummer


Aemilius Ramirez Producer
Meral Pasha Co-Producer
Victoria Mata Stage Manager
Alejandra Higuera Photographer


Teo Balcu Venue Technician
Paul Stoesser Festival Lighting Designer
Vanita Butrsingkorn Venue Technician