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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 and an award-winning writer known as the “Oprah of Canada” for being the first Black woman in Canada to have her own primetime series on a major network. She is the writer of the critically acclaimed play and television show ’Da Kink in My Hair, which was named one of the top 10 plays in Canada’s theatrical history. Passionate about diversity, inclusion, and wellness, 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 to great critical acclaim, going on to run at the Princess of Wales Theatre and in theatres in New York, San Diego, and London. It received four NAACP awards, including Best New Playwright, and broke box office sales records in Canada, England, and the United States. Anthony recently adapted her new play, How Black Mothers Say I Love You, into a film that was shortlisted at Sundance.

Anthony is currently a television development producer at CTV Television and Bell Media and is one of the highest-ranking Black women TV executives in Canada. She is a former writer for OWN, Lionsgate, The Comedy Network, The Women’s Television Network, and Global Television. She is also a contributing writer for Huffington Post and the Toronto Star and the bestselling author of Black Girl in Love (with Herself). Her popular touring theatrical wellness show of the same name is a sold-out event every year.

A highly sought-after professional speaker, Anthony gave the viral TEDxToronto talk “Come Out of Your Box” and has delivered numerous keynotes and workshops to corporations and organizations around the world. She has spoken at Harvard University and NYU and been a guest lecturer and speaker at the University of Massachusetts, the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, and Ryerson University.

In 2016, Anthony received a Walk of Fame Star for her valuable contributions to the arts in Canada. She is also the recipient of an Eve Ensler Vagina Warrior Award, which recognizes the contributions of dynamic women in the arts, and a Harry Jerome Award for the Arts, and has been named one of the “Top 100 Black Women in Canada” to watch.

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  • Trey was fantastic!!!! I can’t say enough about how much the entire Ascension community enjoyed her presentation. The kids related to her, learned from her and were inspired by her…so much so, that she had a hard time exiting the gym…the students didn’t want to let her go!

  • Trey Anthony was a really powerful speaker and our audience loved her! She was very inspirational and everybody left feeling moved from her talk. Below are a couple of testimonials from our audience members. Thanks again.

    “Trey Anthony was fabulous! Great message – thanks for bringing her to Brantford.”

    “Great speaker. I really enjoyed her positive outlook on life.”

    “Fantastic combination of awards and motivational speaker. Trey was very insightful and entertaining. Excellent job – thank you!”

    “Excellent choice for a speaker! I came to this event not knowing what to do and I left feeling inspired.”

    “Very motivational and I appreciated the moral lessons.”

  • Trey was on target with her connection with the audience. So much so that most wanted to stay and talk with her after her presentation. Many had their photograph taken with her as well. Trey was very generous with her time. Her enthusiasm really set the tone for the day.

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