by FIONA RAYE CLARKE
When a fight breaks out on a streetcar, Toronto’s newly instituted 'Broken Windows' policing strategy leads to a fatal shooting and two women are forced to deal with the consequences.
virtual READING: FEBRUARY 25, 2021
In partnership with Diaspora Dialogues, with support from TD Bank.
fiona raye clarke playwright
Fiona Raye Clarke is an award-winning Trinidadian-Canadian writer and community-engaged artist whose writing has appeared in The Puritan Town Crier, the Room Magazine blog, and alt.theatre, among others. Her plays have been produced by the rock.paper.sistahz festival and InspiraTO Festival, and her co-created short film screened at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival and the Queer National Arts Festival. She was the winner of the CineFAM Short Film Challenge and a top ten finalist for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Award. An alumnus of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, she is the Artistic Director of INTERGENERACIAL.
chiamaka glory DIRECTOR
Chiamaka Glory (she/her) is an actor-creator, writer, director, and producer. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Chiamaka is a proud Canadian of Igbo origin. As a Dora-nominated actor as well as a Gina Wilkinson Prize short-listed director, Chiamaka has worked in theatres across the country including Factory Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, New Harlem Productions, bcurrent, and Neptune Theatre. Chiamaka is delighted to continue being a part of the growth and development process of Fiona Raye Clark’s Broken Windows.
Andrea Carter is an actor, writer and producer who is an advocate for producing one’s own artistic work and supporting other black artists. She has a BFA with Honours from York University’s acting conservatory and has acted for over 15 years. She also works as a personal support worker for individuals with special needs and believes in volunteering for vulnerable communities. Acting Credits: 'Designated Survivor'(Netflix), ‘Good Witch’(Hallmark), ‘Private Eyes’ (CTV), 'Little Wars' (Gracemoon Arts). Theatre Credits: ‘A Winter’s Tale’ (Shakespeare in the Ruff), 'Judas Noir' (Big Dreams Brotherhood-Obsidian Theatre/ Crows Theatre) and ‘Grey’ (Toronto Fringe Festival).
leighton alexander williams
Leighton Alexander Williams is a stage and screen actor, writer, director and producer based in Toronto, Ontario. He's a graduate of York University's Acting Conservatory, and has spent the past 5 years creating bold thought-provoking work. He is a co-founder of BDB Productions Inc, and his recent adaptation: "Judas Noir" gained him his first Dora Nomination (Best Ensemble) and Toronto Critics Pick Nomination (Outstanding Supporting Performance). In addition, Leighton is the recipient of the 2019 Premier's Emerging Artist of the Year Award, and has just been nominated for the 2021 Pauline McGibbon Award. Stay tuned for his directorial debut to Television, in the series 21 Black Futures, premiering on CBC this February 2021.
Ryan Ali is a Syrian-Canadian actor. He was born in Lattakia, Syria, and moved to Montreal, Canada at age 3. He spent his childhood moving back and forth between Lattakia and Montreal. Ryan started acting professionally once his family settled in Canada in 2013. Ever since, he has been dedicated to training, growing and working on his craft, while also portraying multiple characters in different TV Shows, Films and Plays in both Toronto and Montreal. With his trilingualism, range and versatility, Ryan is determined to make the best out of his skills set, and leave his mark in the Acting Industry and the Performing Arts.
Maissa Houri is an Arab-Canadian award-winning independent filmmaker and actress based out of Ottawa, Canada, who attended Montreal’s Vanier College Theatre and Film Program. Having started out as an actress and finding that 99% of her auditions consisted of a terrorist or refugee, Maissa decided to create her own work in order to properly represent her rich Arab culture. Maissa is passionate about telling stories from the perspective of being an Arab-Canadian and shedding light on the misrepresentations of Arabs and other people of colour on TV and film. Currently, Maissa is the Director of Womxn’s Industry for the Digi60 Film Festival in Ottawa. In a few short years, Maissa released an award-winning web series and two award-winning short films. Aside from acting, she has been actively working on corporate and narrative sets as assistant director, producer and set designer. Currently, Maissa is working on the development of a new series based on Arab-Canadians, producing short films for emerging BIPOC directors and a new Instagram Live segment titled Moms After Dark where she interviews mothers working in the creative field.
daniel jelani ellis
daniel jelani ellis is a Tkaròn:to-based multidisciplinary artist raised in Jamaica by a village of theatre artists, poets, and educators. His varied art practice includes performance creation, playwriting, dub poetry, and acting. danjelani is the Artistic Programs Manager at Paprika Festival. He has been resident artist at the BAND (Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue) Gallery and Cultural Centre. He is currently in residency at The Theatre Centre developing a performance series. ellis is a proud parent to plenty plants.