Why Black Women Whisper is a poetic, multi-genre piece performed in spoken word, combining storytelling and performance with a backdrop of African rhythm and drums. Composed by Anne-Marie Woods, the story confronts the impact of racism and the systemic barriers placed on the voices of Black women and the efforts instituted to silence them. How does that affect relationships, love, identity and belonging? The title is a metaphor that speaks to the pain of what Black women go through when they speak up and what happens when they can’t.
Presented by TD Bank Group through the TD Ready Commitment.
About Anne-Marie Woods
Anne-Marie Woods, aka Amani, is a poet, playwright, producer, director and arts educator with a vibrant career that spans over 25 years. Woods is passionate about youth arts and culture and often describes herself as a” British-born Trini with Scotian overtones.” Her career has taken her from singing with the Nova Scotian acapella quartet Four the Moment in New York City to the St. Lucia Jazz Festival and Toronto, where she performed spoken word in When Sisters Speak. She has headlined global stages from Germany to the United Kingdom and Trinidad. As a theatre artist, Woods has served as a playwright-in-residence at Young People’s Theatre and had two of her plays produced at Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal. A recipient of the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment and the Bob Marley Day Award, she is an Educator for Outreach and Public Programming for the City of Toronto Archives.
Writer, Lyricist, Composer Anne-Marie Woods Assistant Director Hannah Yohannes Youth Production Assistant Shechinah Chigwende Guest Poet Azalyne
Dominique Brownes – Anika
Shahaddah Jack – Akua
Karen Jewels – Micah
Konima Parkinson Jones – Jewel
Michelle Walker – Hannah
Janisa Weekes – Patrice
Rudi Quammie Williams