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The Book of Life ()

Produced by

The Woman Cultural Centre, Rwanda and Volcano Theatre and Why Not Theatre

Co-Creators: Ross Manson and Odile Gakire Katese
Playwright: Odile Gakire Katese
Director: Ross Manson


The Berkeley Street Theatre – Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre


September 17th, 2019 – September 29th, 2019


Odile Gakire (Kiki) Katese, director, author and humanitarian, has been honoured around the world for her use of art to heal and inspire. In this groundbreaking collaboration with Ross Manson, one of Canada’s most celebrated directors, Katese takes the audience on a remarkable journey of resilience and imagination. At a time when our world is racked with disharmonies, hatreds and struggle, The Book of Life offers hope, unlocking trauma, and finding a humane way forward full of joy. (


Odile Gakire Katese Performer

Creative Team

Ross Manson Co-Creator
Odile Gakire Katese Co-Creator
Odile Gakire Katese Playwright
Ross Manson Director
Sean Frey Projection Designer
Kristine White Projection Designer
Kaitlin Hickey Production Designer
Patrick Lavender Production Designer
Mutangana Moise Composer


Ingoma Nshya Musician
Ingabire Rose Musician
Kabatesi Chantal Musician
Kamariza Mediatrice Musician
Mukakarisa Agnes Musician
Mukamugema Chantal Musician
Mukanyandwi Claudine Musician
Mukeshimana Alphonsine Musician
Muhorakeye Prisca Musician
Musabyemariya Christine Musician
Mushimiyimana Margarite Musician
Munezero Honorine Musician
Ngorore Olive Musician
Nyinawimbabazi Claudine Musician
Uwizerwa Marie Noella Musician
Uwamariya Clementine Musician
Uwera Jeanette Musician
Uwimana Madeleine Musician
Uwineza Redempta Sandra Musician
Uwintije Clementine Musician


AJ Laflamme Stage Manager
Kaitlin Hickey Production Manager
Patrick Lavender Production Manager
Ingabire Marie Louise Production Coordinator, Kigali
Amy Rutherford Production Assistant, Kigali
Ntegerejeyesu William Sewer
Mukanyarwaya Conselee Weaver
Uuramahow Saverine Weaver


Heather Landon Production Manager
Tristan Goethel Technical Director
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
Monica Lee Props Builder
Ming Wong Head of Wardrobe
Marlee Bygate Cutter
Colleen Daly Production Assistant
Jon Cunningham Head Technician
Kate Glen Junior Head Technician
Susan Batchelor Wardrobe Mistress
Danielle Poirier Scenic Artist