Writer / Director/ Actor, c/o Celia Chassels, Gary Goddard Agency, Toronto, ON. Born: England.
Djanet Sears is an award-winning playwright, director, and actor. Her plays include Afrika Solo (1989), performed on stage in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and aired on CBC Radio; Harlem Duet (1997), which won 4 Dora Awards along with the 1998 Governor-General Literary Award, and was performed at Stratford Festival in the 2006 season.
The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, launched the 2002 inaugural season for Obsidian Theatre and returned in 2003 as part of the Mirvish Production season. It also aired on radio and was short-listed for the Trillium Book Award (2004). Other directing credits include: The Wonder of Man; dark diaspora…in dub; Princess Pocahontas; and A Streetcar Named Desire.
Djanet’s film and TV credits include Our America; One Heart Broken Into Song (written by George Elliott Clarke and directed by Clement Virgo); Love Songs; Call for Help; In His Father’s Shoes; Escape Clause; Personals; Childsaver; Canadian feature films, Milk and Honey, and April 01, and over 25 other works. She is the driving force behind the AfriCanadian Playwrights’ Festival, which debuted at the du Maurier World Stage in 1997; Founding Member, Obsidian Theatre Co., which produces works by and about Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora.
She was a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph (2004); the Barker Fairly Visiting Professor, University College, University of Toronto (1999-2000); Adjunct Professor, University College Drama Program, University of Toronto (since 2000); Playwright-In-Residence at Factory Theatre (2001-02), CanStage (1999- 2000) and Nightwood Theatre (1994-95); and international Playwright-in-Residence at the Joseph Papp Public Theater (NYC, 1995-96).
Honours: Including inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); Canadian Screenwriting Award, Best Radio, for Adventures of a Black Girl… (2005); Timothy Findley Award, Stratford Festival (2004); WmKilbourn Award, Toronto Art Council Foundation (2004); ACAA (2003); MLK Award, BTC (2003); Reel Black Award, for One Heart Broken Into Song (1999-2000); for Harlem Duet, Governor General Literary Award (1998), Chalmers Award, Outstanding New Canadian Play (1998), Dora Awards, Outstanding New Play & Outstanding Direction (1997); HJA (1998); Phenomenal Woman of the Arts Award (1997); nominee, Gemini Award, for guest appearance in Side Effects (1996); Gold Prize, International Major Armstrong Awards, Afrika Solo (1992).
Works: The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (2003); Harlem Duet (1997), and in Adaptations of Shakespeare (2000) and Modern Canadian Plays (2001); Afrika Solo (1990); Editor: Testifyin’: Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Vol. I (2000) and Vol. II (2003); Tellin’ It Like It Is: A Compendium of African Canadian Monologues (2000); non-fiction & essays in: Testifyin’: Contemporary African Cdn Drama (2000); Women on the Canadian Stage (1991).
Education: Canadian Film Centre; Cert. Film, NYU; BFA, York University.