Philip Akin


Philip Akin is an award-winning cultural leader and has been acting and directing for 46 years. He is a founding member of Obsidian Theatre, Canada’s leading Black theatre company, and has served as its Artistic Director from 2006 to 2020

Selected Directing Credits: Shaw Festival: Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress 

Shaw Festival: Gatsby Jazz, Sonny’s Blues by Jay Turvey / Paul Sportelli  

Young People’s Theatre: Million Billion Pieces by David Brock/Gareth Williams 

Obsidian Theatre: Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu 

Harold Green Jewish Theatre: Actually by Anne Zeigler

The Humans by Stephen Karam (RMTC)),

Philip Akin has been the recipient of the Silver Ticket Award, Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award, PGC’s Bra d’Or Award, William Kilbourn Award, The Herbert Whittaker/CTCA Award for Distinguished Contribution to Canadian Theatre,

Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts as well as the Life Membership Award from Canadian Actor’s Equity Association.
He is currently the Vice-President of the Board for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (2009 to present) and a director on the Board of the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Against the Grain Theatre and the Shaw Festival.

His legacy awards program can be found at www.bsla.ca