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Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Canadian Playwright | Diversity Expert

Trey Anthony
TEDx Toronto: Coming Out of Your Box
Trey Anthony
TEDx Toronto: Coming Out of Your Box

Trey Anthony is a visionary creator, comedian, television writer, and award-winning playwright of international significance. The first African Canadian woman to have her own program on a primetime Canadian network, she is the writer of the critically acclaimed hit play and television show ‘da Kink in My Hair, which put her on the map as a mentor and role model. Anthony’s infectious energy, humour, and determination inspires audiences to go after ― and achieve ― their dreams.

‘Da Kink in My Hair debuted at the Toronto Fringe Festival and went on to run at the Princess of Wales Theatre, and in theatres in New York, San Diego, and London. It was named one of the top ten plays in Canadian theatrical history and was nominated for a Dora Award, the Canadian equivalent of the Tony Awards. Anthony’s new daring and thought-provoking work, How Black Mothers Say I Love You, was recently shortlisted at Sundance and optioned for a feature film to be directed by acclaimed director, Clement Virgo. Anthony also recently finished writing the first season of Ambitions, for the Oprah Winfrey Network, Lionsgate, and Will Packer Media.

In 2017, Anthony launched her new brand, Black Girl in Love, which features the first lifestyle planner/organizer geared at professional black woman and also includes, a popular touring theatrical show, merchandise, workshops, and retreats. She is also currently the creator and executive producer of ‘Dat Gyal Funny, a woman’s comedy festival for women of color, as well as a contributing writer for Huffington Post and the Toronto Star.

A sought-after professional speaker, Anthony delivers hundreds of keynotes per year, and has spoken at several prestigious universities including Harvard University. Using humor, personal insight and vulnerability, she is always a crowd favourite and her popular TED Talk continues to inspires thousands of people across the world.

In 2016, Anthony received an Arts Walk of Fame Star for her valuable contributions to the arts in Canada. She is also the recipience of four NAACP awards, including Best New Playwright.

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