Djanet Sears

James McKinnon (Victoria University of Wellington)
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Djanet Sears is a Canadian playwright whose plays have been produced across Canada and in the United States.  Although she is best known as a playwright, Sears is accomplished in a number of fields: she has extensive experience in acting for stage and screen, is a prominent director and producer of African Canadian theatre, and teaches at the University of Toronto.  Sears emerged as an important new playwright in 1987, when

Afrika Solo

became the first play staged in Canada by a woman of African descent.  Her best-known work,

Harlem Duet

, won the 1998 Governor-General's Literary Award for Drama, Canada's highest literary honour, and will be revived in 2006 at the Stratford Festival, North America's largest theatre festival.  At the time of writing, her most recent play is


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Citation: McKinnon, James. "Djanet Sears". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 April 2006 [, accessed 14 July 2024.]

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