d'bi.young

d'bi.young is an afrikan-jamaican-canadian dubpoet, monodramatist, and educator who is internationally recognised as a visionary, an innovator, and a leader in the development of arts education. most recently recognized with a resiliency award from the canadian national health organization for her uncompromising dedication to community, she is the published author of two collections of poetry, six plays, and six dubpoetry albums. her profound new creative-performance methodology, called the sorplusi method, is making shock waves through the global arts community as a radical paradigm shift in artist training and practice. she has worked with theatre companies, universities, cultural organizations, social institutions, and individual artists across north america, the caribbean, europe, and africa. in 2008 she founded anitafrika! dub theatre in toronto canada and proceeded to design and facilitate two cost-free twelvemonth national residencies for emerging artists, instructing them in her biomyth monodrama model and assisting them in formulating their own solo performance shows. her own monodrama trilogy, sankofa, featuring the plays blood.claat, benu, and word! sound! powah! toured extensively in 2010, playing to critical acclaim and garnering awards in canada, jamaica, england, and south africa, and is due to be published in 2011. she is the recipient of two dora mavor moore awards, the canadian km hunter theatre award, the toronto mayor's arts council award, and numerous best solo artist awards. having recently completed her first year-long international tour of her latest album wombanifesto, in december 2010, she is presently writing her premiere theoretical text on the sorplusi method and has founded the pan afrika performing arts institute (papai) - a cultural movement committed to the holistic development of continental and diasporic multi-disciplinary afrikan artists. d'bi.young resides in cape town with her two sons, moon and phoenix.

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