Curated and Directed by Beau Dixon
SPIRIT AND LEGACY OF BLACK MUSIC
From the moment Black people landed on North American soil, their music took root and became the basis or much of the popular music we hear today. There is an endless list of exceptional Black musicians who have been lost to history while their white counterparts gained fame. From church hymnals to the blues, from jazz to rock ’n’ roll, R&B and rap, we owe much of our musical history to Black culture, and it’s time to give credit where it is due.
Approximate Runtime: One hour and 30 minutes no intermission.
Production support is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin and by Sylvia Soyka.
2021: Singer in Freedom. Second season. Stage/Theatre: A Little Black Lie - Tarragon Theatre; Songs for a New World - Chestnut Street Playhouse; various review shows - Royal Caribbean Productions; Funkentine Rapture (vocal director) - CUNY College; Dream Girls - Brooklyn Parks Department. Film/TV: Lead, Cuckoo (short); lead, A Little White Lie (short); principal, Fatal Attraction (TVOne). Concerts: Up Close and Musical - Stratford Festival, Blockorama - Toronto Pride, Friday Night Live - ROM, Soul in the City - Casa Loma, Beaches Jazz Festival, Capital Pride, Brooklyn Pride, Jamaica Pride, 12.12.12 and Reflections (cabarets) - Triad Theatre, NYC. Opened for: Mary Mary, CeCe Winans, Shawn Desman, Maestro, Keshia Chante, Mya, Big Freda, Nikki Yanofsky. Recordings: Clark Sisters - Lifetime movie; "Running Back to You" and "Encore" featuring Robert Ball - Gfuzion; Need - EP; "Mon Amour" and "Love's All" featuring Robert Ball - Terry Jahz Lewis.
2021: Singer in Freedom. Stratford debut. Soulpepper: Ma Rainey in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Wild Woman in Rose. Elsewhere: Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray (Charlottetown Festival); various in Spoon River (Signature Centre, NYC). Film/TV: Mysticons, Total Dramarama, Hannibal, Wayne. Radio/Recordings: Narrator in The Journey to Jazz and Human Rights (Jazz FM Radio); Mr. King Dice in Cuphead. Training: University of Windsor Music Theatre Program. Awards: NYF Radio Awards Gold Award for Journey to Jazz and Human Rights and Rose (2020). Online: AlanaBridgewater.ca. Et cetera: Love to NLM, Tanisha and Mom.
2021: Curator, director and music director of and Ensemble, Keyboard in Freedom. Second season. Stratford: Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore. Elsewhere: Ghost Quartet (Crow's Theatre); Marjorie Prime, The Father (Coal Mine Theatre); The Colour Purple (Neptune Theatre); Hamlet, Harlem Duet (Tarragon Theatre); Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, 27 Club, Secret Chord (Soulpepper Theatre); Motherf@#!er with the Hat (Alberta Theatre Projects); As You Like It/Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage/Shakespeare in High Park). Film/TV: Untouchable: Power Corrupts (Discovery), Save Me (CBC), The Expanse (Amazon/Alcon), Station 11 (Paramount/HBO). Radio/Recordings: Music director/composer for Pippin 'Reimagined' (Sheridan); composer for The Big Sleep (Vertigo Theatre); sound design/composer for Poison (Coal Mine), Detroit Folk (solo album/independent), From Here to East City (solo album/independent), available on iTunes. Training: Self-taught. Awards: Two Dora Awards, two Toronto Critics Awards, Calgary Critics Award. Online: beaudixon.com. Et cetera: Beau dedicates this season to his family.
2021: Singer in Freedom. Third season. Broadway: The Book of Mormon. Stratford: Slightly in Wendy & Peter Pan, Ensemble in Monty Python's Spamalot, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, Ensemble in Billy Elliot the Musical. Regional: Radio in Caroline, or Change (Musical Stage/Obsidian/Winter Garden); Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Panto/Elgin); Home For the Holidays (Big HQ); The Book of Mormon (Chicago, Melbourne); Grease (Irregular Entertainment/Winter Garden); Ghost: The Musical (Drayton Entertainment); Felicia in Queen for a Day: The Musical (April 30th Entertainment); Little Inez in Hairspray (Capitol Theatre). Film/TV: Sleeping Together (FREEFORM), The Boys (Amazon/Sony Pictures TV). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance from Sheridan Institute. Online: @camilove90. Et cetera: Camille is delighted to be returning to Stratford! She sends love to her mom, family and friends, and the Talent House for their incredible support.
2021: Lighting designer of Why We Tell the Story, You Can't Stop the Beat, Play On!, Freedom and Finally There's Sun. Ninth season. Stratford: Lighting designer, Othello, The Comedy of Errors. Assistant lighting designer, six seasons (2011-2016). Selected credits: A Chorus Line, Tommy, A Word or Two, Jesus Christ Superstar. Studio Theatre technical director, 2013. Elsewhere: Honour Beat (Grand), After the Fire, The Particulars (Punctuate, The Theatre Centre); Kinky Boots, Newsies (Drayton Entertainment); Salt-Water Moon (Mirvish, Factory, Why Not); Wildfire (RARE, Soulpepper); The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, The Breath in Between (Crow's); Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Laurier (Charlottetown Festival, TNB); Beaver (Storefront); Noises Off (Soulpepper); A Line in the Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre); Hana Hashimoto (Carousel Players). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Course Lecturer at Ryerson University, Instructor at the NTSC, General Manager of Lights On Stratford, a two-time Dora nominee and a 2020 Pauline McGibbon Award nominee.
2021: Production stage manager of the Festival Theatre Canopy. 25th season. Stratford: Shows include Chicago (interrupted by COVID), Billy Elliot, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, Oklahoma!, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Man of La Mancha, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I and others. Elsewhere: Over 40 years as a stage manager in live entertainment including gala events, music concerts, opening ceremonies and fundraising events including A Christmas Carol for the Stratford Hospice. Over 25 years with the Canadian Opera Company as a stage manager; production stage manager and resident director of Jersey Boys, Toronto; 25 years as a singer/dancer and choreographer in Canadian theatre; associate director/choreographer to her mentor, Alan Lund. Et cetera: Love to Paul, daughters Stephanie and Jennifer, son-in-law Andrew, and her grandchildren, Kennedy, Koston and Connor. I am so grateful to be back at work.
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