When I arrived at Obsidian, Sumac took me virtually no time to learn. It is so
intuitive and simple. It has also been a great help to Obsidian, as it has virtually grown with us over the years we’ve had it. As our company progresses we find we are able to utilize more and more of the tools. Thanks to all the Sumac staff for being so supportive and helpful to us.”
Obsidian is Canada’s leading culturally diverse theatre company. Our threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals.
Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice. Obsidian produces plays from a world-wide canon focusing primarily, but not exclusively, on the works of highly acclaimed Black playwrights. Obsidian provides artistic support, promoting the development of work by Black theatre makers and offering training opportunities through mentoring and apprenticeship programs for emerging Black artists.
Artistic Mission Statement
Obsidian Theatre Company was born out of a passionate sense of artistic responsibility – a responsibility to bring the Black voice, in its many artistic dialects, to Canada’s cultural forefront. Obsidian encourages Black artists to expand their vision of what they perceive, create and present to a national audience. Obsidian continues to play a rominent role in Canada’s theatrical mosaic by showcasing the work of both emerging and established Black artists