Trey Anthony

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Trey Anthony (born 1974) is a Canadian comedian and playwright.

Born in London, England to Jamaican parents, Anthony arrived in Canada at a young age with her mother. She is a regular on the Canadian comedy circuit. She began doing stand-up comedy during African Nubian Comedy Nights at Yuk-Yuk's.[1] She has performed as well at The Second City, the Urban Womyn's Comedy Festival and Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

She was also a writer and performer for Kenny Robinson's sketch comedy show After Hours with Kenny Robinson and a writer for The Chris Rock Show.[1]

Her first theatrical play, Da Kink in My Hair, debuted in 2001 at the Toronto Fringe Festival.[1] Anthony says that coming out as a lesbian to her family inspired her to write the play.[2] In 2005, it was adapted into a television movie by Vision TV, with a cast that included Anthony, Mimi Kuzyk and Sheryl Lee Ralph.[3] Da Kink in My Hair went on to a US premiere at the San Diego Repertory Theatre with a cast including D'bi Young, Amina Alfred, Abena Malika and Karen Robinson.[4]

A television series version of Da Kink in My Hair began airing in 2007 and Anthony was a cast member before the show was cancelled in 2009.[5]

In 2017, her play How Black Mothers Say I Love You will debut at the Maja Prentice Theatre, Mississauga.[6]

Awards[edit]

  • Eve Ensler Vagina Warrior Award 2005[7]
  • NAACP Theatre Award 2007[8]
  • Gemini Award 2008
  • Harry Jerome Award 2009[9]
  • Egale Canada – Queering Black History Award 2009[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c DeMara, Bruce (2007-12-04), "When doors closed, she hired herself", Toronto Star 
  2. ^ Swartz, Shauna (2007-03-28). "Trey Anthony Brings Black Women Onstage". After Ellen. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  3. ^ Bailey, Pamella (Fall 2007), "'Da Kink takes on the small screen", Sway Magazine 
  4. ^ Hebert, James (2005-09-11), "She relied on 'trust and fate,' and a play was born", San Diego Union-Tribune 
  5. ^ Serafin (2007-10-11), "ON TV: 'Da Kink in My Hair", Xtra 
  6. ^ http://www.bramptonguardian.com/whatson-story/7165280--da-kink-in-my-hair-playwright-trey-anthony-explores-family-relationships-in-new-play-how-black-mo/
  7. ^ Kish, Cuauhtémoc (2005-09-15), ‘Da Kink in My Hair’ (925) 
  8. ^ Lostracco, Marc (2007-02-20), Local Play Wins Four NAACP Awards (925) 
  9. ^ James, Royson (2013-04-26), Harry Jerome Awards offer a gift to a whole community: James (925) 
  10. ^ Rau, Krishna (2009-02-18), Naming Canada's top black queer activists 

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