NATASHA ADIYANA MORRIS
“I have felt pushed by getting to a place where theatre by colourful (BIPOC) artists can simply be theatre - where funding, space and resources are not dependent on a ‘struggle’ narrative or deemed 'good enough' for a seat at the table, but rather judged by quality and potential”.
“Soulpepper is an artist-led company that continues to set the bar for quality production, developing original work, and training the next generation of theatre artists. I am excited about the commitment to inclusivity and future readiness. Not only was the performing arts directly affected by the global pandemic, theatre may have been one of the least prepared. We have been resisting change with more lip service than action and the figurative barriers are collapsing with great speed. From an ensemble framework, it is an honour to be a part of reimagining how we pave new paths for the longevity of this industry.”
Natasha Adiyana Morris is a soft spoken, dramatic storyteller, who is drawn to wordplay and a healthy dose of satire. Born in Winnipeg and raised in Toronto's West End—in the most encouraging and full up Jamaican household—Natasha was able to explore her craft and hone her voice from a young age. Recognized for founding PIECE OF MINE Arts, a platform for presenting works-in-progress by Black play creators, she owes a great deal to the esteemed tutelage of b current, anitafrika! dub theatre, Obsidian Theatre, and Volcano Theatre. Natasha was most recently Dora nominated for the Outstanding New Play award for her debut theatre production, THE NEGROES ARE CONGREGATING (PIECE OF MINE Arts, Theatre Passe Muraille). The timely play touches on internalized racism and has been produced internationally including Canada, the United States, and Europe.