Rita Shelton Deverell

Rita Shelton Deverell, C.M., Ed.D. is a theatre artist, broadcaster, scholar, and television producer/director/writer. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Adelphi University (1966), an MA in the History of Religions from Columbia (1968), and the Doctor of Education degree from OISE/University of Toronto (1985). Deverell has received numerous awards, including two Geminis, the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Network Leadership Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lakehead University Orillia, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2005 for her pioneering work in broadcasting, notably the founding of Vision TV and mentoring her Aboriginal successor at APTN National News. She has been CanWest Global Fellow at Western University, was named a Trudeau Foundation Mentor in 2010, and from 2009-2012 was the 13th. Holder of Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.

In the last 15 years Deverell has been the producer/director/writer of 8 nationally broadcast independent TV dramas; written and performed three one-woman plays; authored or edited seven books including Give Voice, an anthology from the Playwrights Unit of Obsidian Theatre and the Epilogue for Fists upon a Star: a memoir of love, theatre, and escape from McCarthyism; been an actor in 10 professional theatre productions; and executive produced a multi-media kit “Women, Contemporary Aboriginal Issues, and Resistance,” acquired by the National Film Board’s CAMPUS e-learning portal. Current projects include a screenplay about theatre pioneer Florence James and a book on “American Refugees” to Canada. Rita is an active volunteer with the Canadian Senior Artists Research Network, MediaSmarts, and a Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum. 

--“Smoked Glass Ceiling”

--“McCarthy and the Old Woman”, 1 act

--“McCarthy and the Old Woman”, full-length

--"Sisters Inc.”

--”Who you Callin Black eh?”