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School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls ()

Produced by

Nightwood Theatre and Obsidian Theatre Company

Playwright: Jocelyn Bioh
Director: Nina Lee Aquino


The Alexander Street Chamber Theatre


March 5th, 2019 – March 24th, 2019


Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the mid-year arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Jocelyn Bioh’s buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. How far would you go to be Queen Bee? (


Akosua Amo-Adem Headmistress Francis
Allison Edwards-Crewe Eloise Amponsah
Melissa Eve Langdon Ericka Boafo
Bria McLaughlin Mercy
Tatyana Mitchell Nana
Natasha Mumba Paulina Sarpong
Rachel Mutombo Ama
Emerjade Simms Gifty
Reza Jacobs American TV Host
Tawiah Ben M’carthy Ghanaian TV Announcer

Creative Team

Jocelyn Bioh Playwright
Nina Lee Aquino Director
Rachel Forbes Set Designer
Michelle Ramsay Lighting Designer
Joanna Yu Costume Designer
Reza Jacobs Sound Designer
Reza Jacobs Composer
Tawiah Ben M’carthy Assistant Director
Tawiah Ben M’carthy Movement Director


Emilie Aubin Stage Manager
Ada Aguilar Assistant Stage Manager
Chantelle Zoelene Laliberte Head of Wardrobe
Vanessa Janiszewski Head of Properties
Richard Stewart Dialect Coach
Alanna McConnell Production Manager
Rebecca Vandevelde Production Manager
Richard Lee Fight Director
Akosua Amo-Adem Fight Captain
Allison Edwards-Crewe Fight Captain
Victoria Laberge Public Relations
Seowon Bang Graphic Designer
Cesar Ghisilieri Photography
Chantelle Zoelene Laliberte Shoes
Marlee Bygate Cutter / Stitcher
Geoff Hughes Cutter / Stitcher
Michelle Connolly Cutter / Stitcher
Erin Huitema Cutter / Stitcher
Ellie Furtney Cutter / Stitcher
Janet Pym Cutter / Stitcher
Slone McGowan Video
Ali Jbara Al Daradji Video