Trey Anthony is using her creative expertise to share the stories of Black women and train the next generation of Canadian writers.
The creative talent behind the popular theatrical play turned TV sitcom, ‘da Kink in my Hair, Trey Anthony, is continuing to leave her mark in the Canadian entertainment industry.She's currently working on a documentary entitled, When Black Mother’s Don’t Say I Love You, as well as offering a one-day a writing workshop on January 31, 2015.
ByBlacks had the opportunity to talk with Anthony to get all the details of her upcoming projects and what’s next for her.
Could you share a little more about your new documentary and what it’s about?
The theatrical workshop version of it was presented at the Rock Paper Sistahz Festival in 2013. It looks at women who came from the Caribbean between 1955 and 1975 to work as domestics, leaving their children behind.
Why did you decide to turn this play into a documentary?
I was doing research on the play, and as I started to interview these women, their stories were so compelling that I decided to make a documentary out of it. So what I’m now going to do is make the actual final production of the play a multimedia piece, which has documentary film and theatre combined.
You’re also working on a novel entitled Bastards and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. As a writer who has mostly worked in theatre and television, how did you make the transition into novel writing?
I’ve always considered myself a writer first before being a playwright. I’ve always written. So for me, it wasn’t that hard. I think it’s really about structure, and it was about learning about theart form, the structure for writing a play is different than writing a book. But I always see myself as a storyteller.
You’re offering a writing workshop called Write What is Sacred. Will this be geared towards people who wish to work in theatre and TV, aspiring novel writers or both?
It’s really for anyone who’s interested in writing in general; be it a play, be it abook, be it a blog, anything. If you have an idea and it’s like, “oh my goodness, I need to write my life story,” then this is the writing workshop for you. It’s for writers across the board. What I want to focus on is how to merge your biographical family information into fiction. So it’s using your own life – like some of us are children of divorce, we grew up with alcoholic mothers, an absent father, our brothers dying in our childhood –and turning them into stories. I believe all of us have a story. I especially want to get at those people who at New Years make that resolution of wanting to write but never actually do it.
Where do you see yourself and your work in the next 5 years, what type of impact are you looking to make on the industry moving forward?
Great question! I see myself in the next 5 years telling more stories, telling stories on a bigger platform. I would really like to do more filmmaking. I really want to get another television series on the air at some point. I definitely want to develop more theatrical pieces. I love theatre, theatre is really where my heart and soul is. I hope by then I’d have my MFA and PhD in creative writing, because I love teaching. So I’d love to be teaching at the university level. And just to be telling stories of women of colour. I truly am committed to telling stories of black women, especially. I feel like until we have more creative control of our image, we are not going to see the images that we want to see. I’m tired of seeing us pimped up, whored up, Ebonics speaking, Kentucky fried chicken eating, you know? I want to see more multidimensional women, and we have to create these things for ourselves.
For more information on Trey and her work, please visit www.treyanthonystudios.com.