hi hi hi. :)
my name is chadia, and i am a multidisciplinary artist currently based in Tiohtià:ke. before moving to Tiohtià:ke to pursue my artistic endeavors, my parents and i immigrated from a refugee camp in Turkana, Kenya to the Algonquin land. being the eldest of five to two African no- BURUNDIAN parents…
*deep therapeutic-negro sigh*
art was not something they had in mind when deciding to seek refuge, and build capital in this deeply, cold country.
ALSO, being gay/queer/agender AND having no filter? A doomed future... said "yes!" to 'doom' by ditching one university for another, receiving my B.A in theatre (2019), and booking my first professional acting gig with a mtl based theatre company by embarking on a national tour. 6 and half months into the tour, the tour was canceled due to the "panasonic" we are living through. however, throughout the "peppa pig" i was able to work with some pretty amazing artists on projects such as most recently, from the stars in the sky to the fish in the sea (2022).
aside from performing, i am also a playwright, director, and singer. i had the chance to showcase my first play, “niggas in pontreal¹” at MLTFringe (2022), where i was also the director, co-producer, and ⅕ of the performers.
we were nominated for 3 Frankie Awards 2022:
*Most Promising English Text,
*Best English Comedy,
*Best English Production
i paint as well, which you can check out throught the site. since then been focusing on creating and collaborating with artists on finding the essence of what is “canadian theatre". i strive to create and support works that instigate conversations and challenge societal norms.
so, basically a fulltime "yoncestan" (i'm a bee) "...rooting for everyone black."