Award winning playwright, executive producer, actor, creator, and stand‐up comedian trey anthony, is known for the ground- breaking television and theatrical production‘da Kink in my Hair. Critics have referred to anthony as The Oprah of the Canadian theatre scene! Trey was also the executive producer, co‐creator and writer of the hit television show ‘da Kink in my Hair for Global Television. In the series she was the outspoken, wise‐cracking, Joy, who has become an audience favourite!
‘da Kink in my Hair, theatrical play, was Dora nominated and has received critical acclaim, and broken box office records wherever it has played. The play is also the recipient of four NAACP Theatre awards and was the first Canadian play to be produced at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Canada’s largest commercial theatre. It was named as one of the top ten plays in Canada’s theatrical history! ‘da Kink has been seen in California, in London, England and made its New York debut at Tisch School for the Arts at New York University in October 2010.
anthony is the first Black Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network. She is a former television producer for the Women’s Television Network (now W) and a writer for the Comedy Network and CTV. She was also the executive producer of the Urban Women’s Comedy Festival, dat girl, sho is funny! She co‐wrote, I Am Not a Dinner Mint, The Crap Women Swallow to Stay in a Relationship!, which debuted in 2006 to sold‐out audiences. Following in the line of successful theatre plays came, Secrets of a Black Boy, (the male response to ‘da Kink in my Hair) in 2009 at the prestigious Music Hall, written by her brother Darren Anthony and was produced by Trey Anthony Studios.
A mentor and role model, anthony, who went to high school in Brampton, Ontario, regularly visits schools to inspire youth, including her alma mater Notre Dame Secondary School. She volunteers with the Black Queer Youth Group, speaks to students about body image and other issues facing female adolescents, and gives away tickets to her shows to youth and women in shelters.
In 2009, anthony founded, The Trey Anthony@One Centre in Toronto, a women‐focused, creative wellness facility. The Centre offered workshops and classes on creative writing, well being and spirituality.
“What is my own personal call to action to make a difference in this world, and not only the world but in my own life?” It is this approach that trey anthony applies to all aspects of her life and why she is a much sought after speaker. It was one reason among many why she was selected to give an address at TEDX Toronto 2010, on September 30.
trey is now on tour with the popular touring show From ‘da Street to ‘da Ear. She is also busy working on her new novel and the new North American touring theatre production of ‘da Kink in my Hair.