Anne-Marie Woods


Anne-Marie Woods (Amani) is the 2013 recipient of the BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment. She was born in London, England, baptized in Trinidad, and spent her formative and creative years in Nova Scotia. Now based in Toronto, she is a performance artist, poet, educator, producer, creative consultant and a playwright. She began writing plays in high school and founded Active Youth an outreach theatre program for youth when she was 20 years old. During this time, she wrote and directed the play Cindy's Shoe, the urban version of the play Cinderella. She then formed The Imani Women's Artistic Project from 1996- 1998 a theatre company for young women of African Descent. She wrote several plays for the young company including Imani Women Speak Out and The Search For The African Princess which was featured in Eastern Front's On The Waterfront Festival. In 2001 she served as a playwright in residence at the Young Peoples Theatre where she wrote the script Scotian Journey.

Woods is well known for her one woman plays including Waiting To Explode a play with 8 comedic female characters that looked at many issues in today's society through the use of comedy and music. This play was a Fringe Hit in Nova Scotia and also premiered at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina in 2001. Her play received a mention from the New York Paper, Backstage as one of the plays from abroad that stood out. Another one of her Atlantic Fringe Hits I'm Just Sitting At the Derby Waitin For My Ship To Come In premiered in Toronto at the Omiala Festival in Harbourfront Centre in 2004, and her play True Confessions of a Single Woman While Waiting For Her Big Break was part of the rock paper sistahz Festival in 2004, and was a feature in Festival Antigonish in 2005.

In 2011 she was a part of the Residence Artist Educator Program at Young Peoples Theatre through this program she developed a new youth outreach theatre and spoken word program called Word Up. She was the editor and producer/dctor for two Word Up!!! shows at YPT and she produced a third Word Up show in 2013 for Kuumba at Harbourfront Centre. That same year she worked on rewrites of two of her scripts -True Confessions of a Single Woman, and The Search For The African Princess. Both plays had readings in Nova Scotia through the Canada Council Readings Program. In the summer of  2013 she was hired by Daniels Corporation and Artscape as the Production Coordinator/Writer and Creative Director of The Journey - The Living History of Regent Park. She edited  adapted Mitcell Cohen's original script for the production.

In 2014 Woods introduced her new play She Said/He Said through a reading sponsored by Black Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Montreal. She then had a reading at Nova Scotia Community College. In the summer She Said/He Said was chosen as one of three plays to have a staged reading at Prismatic Arts Festival in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In preparation for Prismatic she held a public reading in June at COBA Studio in Toronto acting alongside Troy Crossfield. 2015 was an incredible year for Woods because BlackTheatre Workshop announced that SheSad/He Said would be part of their main stage season in the Spring of 2016. She also completed her second contract as Production Coordinator and Creative Director of the Journey - The Living Histor of Regent Park. She was also hired to adapt the original script of Mitchell Cohen's into a more theatrical piece. The new verion of The Journey was a huge success when it hit the stage in June of 2015.

Woods continues to be a renaissance woman and looks forward to getting more of her work on stage.



Award Category Year Play
BBPA Harry Jerome Award Excellence in Entertainment 2013