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Ian Kamau

Loss

Ian is developing Loss, a live-arts multimedia performance that explores mental health in Afro-Caribbean communities through a personal narrative co-written by himself and his father Roger McTair.

Ian Kamau is an artist, writer, and designer from Toronto. He has released seven music projects including the self-produced album One Day Soon (2011) and has published articles, short stories, and poems in publications by Vice, Coach House Press, and Book Thug. The son of pioneering filmmakers, he was the founding executive director of Nia Centre for the Arts, has a Bachelor in Design and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, and a Masters in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University. His research includes cultural production, storytelling, and critical city building with a focus on mental health and actualization.

media

“What is the most important show on the Fringe? It might just be Sea Sick.”
Lynn Gardner
StageDoor
Aug 2019
★★★★★
“a remarkable feat of storytelling and reportage”
The List
2019
★★★★
“Sea Sick is a quiet call to action, a reminder of our responsibilities, and a crucial examination of an underexposed issue.”
The Arts Desk
2019
★★★★
“Can a science journalist save the world through the power of theatre?”
The Guardian
2019
★★★★
“a thrilling…cautionary tale”
Toronto Star
2014

creative team

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Alanna Mitchell

Creator and Performer
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Alanna Mitchell

Creator and Performer
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Franco Boni

Director
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Ravi Jain

Co-Director
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Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer
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Shawn Kerwin

Set & Costume Designer
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Tim Lindsay

Sound Designer
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Rebecca Picherak

Lighting Designer
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Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer
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Melissa Joakim

Stage Manager and Touring Lighting Designer

production history

  • Toronto // The Theatre Centre (Premiere) // March 2014

  • Montreal // Usine C // April 2014

  • Calgary // High Performance Rodeo // January 2015

  • Vancouver // PuSh International Performing Arts Festival // February 2015

  • Mumbai // Mumbai Lit Festival

  • Luxembourg City // Fundamental Monodrama Festival // June 2016

  • Darwin, Australia // Darwin Festival // August 2017