"In Who I am, I am enough. In how I am, I am content. In what I have, I am satisfied. I am at peace"
Finalist of the 2017 Ontario Premier Arts Awards for Theatre and Literature, d’bi.young anitafrika is a triple Dora award-winning published playwright-performer, director-dramaturge and emerging scholar. One of 200 Canadian artists to receive a New Chapter Grant to produce her critically acclaimed environmental musical entitled Lukumi: A Dub Opera, anitafrika’s other awards include: Canadian Poet of Honor, YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts, Mayor’s Arts, Vital People, KM Hunter Theatre Award and The Golden Beret Award.
She is an internationally celebrated arts-educator and founding Artistic Director of the Watah Theatre as well as the instigator of Spolrusie Publishing, a unique micro press which publishes original works by Black and QTIPOC creators. Toronto Leadership Lab Fellow alumni, anitafrika is the originator of the creative leadership praxis and intersectional liberation framework – the Anitafrika Method – which has been utilized by The Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Banff Centre, U of T, MaRS, Women’s College Hospital as well as other institutions globally.
She is the published author of seven books, nine plays and seven dub albums and has toured her work nationally and internationally. Addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race, class and the human experience through her vast field of artistic knowledge, anitafrika is about to embark upon postgraduate studies in London UK where she will be researching the use of Theatre to address generational trauma in the Black body. Please support her funding campaign at gofundme.com/dbimafund.