Uju Umenyi

Uju Umenyi

About the Program

The quaint town of Port Perry, Ontario, holds hidden histories. Theatre on the Ridge commissioned actor and writer Uju Umenyi to create a play inspired by the life of Professor Samuel Stout, the first Black resident of Port Perry, Ontario. The play will explore hidden stories, unpacking the ways history is written and erased, and seeks to share Samuel Stout’s experience of racism in a small town in Ontario. For her Ontario Culture Days residency, Umenyi will develop and lead a series of interactive audience and community engagement workshops with a focus on both the theatre creation process and exploring local Black history. The residency will culminate in the first reading of the script during the 2022 Ontario Culture Days Festival.


These programs would not be possible without the support of the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Toronto Arts Council.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund is a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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