Support Obeah Opera – An All Female A Cappella Theatrical Production
Obeah Opera is a hand clapping, foot stomping, spirit lifting, magical musical sensation unlike any other opera before. Steeped in Black music, sung entirely a cappella by a powerful all-female cast, Obeah Opera reveals the story of the legendary Salem witch trials from the fascinating perspective of Caribbean slave women.
Member since: March 3, 2015
I saw the workshopped production of Obeah Opera last Fall at Nightwood Theatre and was blown away and wanted to support Nicole and the show! Obeah Opera has Broadway potential but it has to get to centre stage first at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games this summer.
I am an award winning lifestyle producer merging my TV experience with digital and interactive media as a post grad student at Centennial College, School of Communications & Design in Toronto.
Member since: February 24, 2015
In the performing arts world, Nicole Brooks is beyond a triple-threat. Her extensive accomplishments include filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. She developed the concept of “harmonized storytelling” – blending media and the performing arts. Brooks has devoted over 15 years producing innovative content (for the stage and screen), with a focus on narratives that illuminate the peoples of the African Diaspora.
In 2012 Brooks officially added playwright to her list of talents. Her debut theatrical work OBEAH OPERA – which she created, wrote, composed and performed in – has been staged in workshop productions in three different theatres in Toronto between 2012 and 2014. Honoured with a Dora nomination in 2012, OBEAH OPERA will present its first fully produced stage show at its world premiere in July 2015, having received a prestigious commission from the cultural arm of the Toronto 2015 Pan American/ Parapan American Games.
Nicole Brooks founded in 2014, with acclaimed musician Andrew Craig, the Toronto-based Culchahworks Arts Collective, which is producing cutting-edge artistic celebration of stories. OBEAH OPERA will be one of the first works co-produced and presented by Culchahworks. Brooks is at present the Distribution Officer for CaribbeanTales World Wide Distribution.
Brooks ushered in 2015 as the co-host of Toronto’s City Hall New Year’s Eve festivities, where she performed live for the audience of 50,000 (and the broadcast audience) a medley of songs from OBEAH OPERA. During the summer of 2014 Brooks opened for multiple Grammy-winning artist Bobby McFerrin, in the funk/soul band the Soul Nannies at the TD’s Toronto Jazz Festival. She was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Harry Jerome Arts Award for her outstanding achievements in the arts.
Through her company Asah Productions Inc., founded in 2005, Brooks has generated a body of work for the small and big screens. Brooks produced three consecutive seasons of Divine Restoration (Vision TV), segment produced Living in Toronto for the CBC, and acted as story editor for Lord Have Mercy (Vision TV/Leda Serene) – Canada’s first multicultural sitcom. American film icon Martin Scorsese enlisted Brooks as Production Manager for the Toronto shoot of his documentary The Rolling Thunder Review. Brooks acted as the main producer for ECHO (SunTV), a television series highlighting the personalities, achievements and progress of diverse Canadians. She produced and directed the behind the scenes featurettes for the Canadian indie hit How She Move, and co-produced and directed Aferee, an African dance documentary shot in Senegal. Brooks produced the critically acclaimed documentariesA Linc In Time (OMNI TV) and The Sistahs Concert (Vision TV/ HDTV). She also wrote, directed and produced the short dance experimental film Ase (Bravo!FACT) which premiered at the Lincoln Center in NYC. Her extended version of the dance film entitled The Orisha Suitemade its debut at the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival and has been screened in film festivals around the world. Nicole Brooks has been a curator / programmer for Tonya Lee Williams’ ReelWorld Film Festival, and for b current’s rock.paper.sistah festival.