ahdri zhina mandiela
best known as the founder & past artistic director of toronto based b current Performing Arts, mandiela is a revered poet/performer and stage director, who introduced the ever evolving dub theatre form with her seminal performance work: dark diaspora… in dub in 1991. since the late 70’s her work has influenced scores of artists, emerging and established; especially as the visionary and driving force behind the highly buzzed rock.paper.sistahz festival and rAiz’n the Sun training.
with three published books, this fiercely independent and award-winning artist has creations in dance, theatre, cd, film, & video; and continues to inspire younger artists writing and performing on theatre stages all over canada. current ventures include her new media project: my world.a village, a new performance script: fly, bringing initiates into the fray with black.stage.canada! and coaching at the national theatre school in montreal. mandiela.ca