Amah Harris

Amah Won the British Council Award in 1964 for best performance in the Commemorative Shakespeare Festival (they were celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare's birth). The Secondary School's Drama Society was formed in the mid sixties; Amah was artistic director of the group.

After a couple of years, she suggested that the company graduate to an adult organization, as the key members had joined the workforce. All members agreed, and she named the company the Little Theatre after the Jamaican company, which was spoken of by her mother, who had nurtured Amah's early dreams in theatre.

Amah continued as artistic director of the company. She and other founding members presented a wide range of theatrical selections - Shakespeare plays, international musicals, with the highlights being local operettas and Caribbean Dramas. Amah Harris directed training workshops and the company carried out festivals to nurture the development of theatrical techniques in Dominica.

Amah left Dominica to study Theatre at Banff School of Fine Arts in 1970, and continued her studies at the University of Windsor, where she was placed on the Dean's Role of Honours. After graduating, she returned to Dominica and joined the new company, People's Action Theatre, directed, carried out training and performed with the company. One year later, she returned to Canada and pursued an education degree with a Theatre-in-Education Focus, then joined Black Theatre Canada, which she co directed.

Amah became a prolific writer, and her plays toured Canada, the U.S. and as far South as South Africa. She became known as an innovator in the integrating of Theatre and Education techniques with elements of Culture, to develop techniques she uses in directing, teaching and speech presentations. Amah later founded Theatre In The Rough, a public education touring company. Its aim: Fostering the harmonious coexistence of people. This company toured Canada, was contracted by a Canadian institution to deliver training workshops in the Caribbean, for National Development Bank facilitators of the Eastern Caribbean, and toured even further Southto South Africa. In the mid 90's, she was honoured by a Drama shield being awarded in her name in Dominica. This is awarded to Secondary Schools every two years at a National School Art Festival.

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