Actor and playwright in Toronto
Meghan Swaby is an actor and playwright of Jamaican descent born and raised in Toronto.
She was recently commissioned by Myseum of Toronto to create a short play called DeRailed: The History of Railway Porters in Canada based on Cecil Fosters book They Call Me George.
Meghan co hosts the podcast Beneath the Ceiba Tree. A podcast exploring Caribbean folklore, which is currently a podcast in residence with Crow‘s Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre.
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Her play Venus’ Daughter inspired by the life of Saartjie (Sara Baartman) aka The Hottentot Venus and was produced by Obsidian Theatre in 2016 and directed by Philip Akin. Venus’ Daughter was included on The SureFire List (Playwrights Guild of Canada) as one of the top 23 recommended plays in Canada.
Selected acting credits include: Controlled Damage (Neptune Theatre/ b current), Calpurnia (Nightwood/Sulong Theatre), Venus’ Daughter (Obsidian Theatre), In This World (Roseneath Theatre), All Our Happy Days Are Stupid (Harbourfront Theatre/ The Kitchen - NYC), Bullet For Adolf (Hart House) and wise woman (b current).
Film/TV: Condor (AT& T), Ghostwriter (Apple TV +), Odd Squad Mobile Unit (Sinking Ship/PBS)
She has participated in various playwrighting programs over the years, such as; Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip, Diaspora Dialogues Playwright Residency, The Stratford Festivals’ Playwrights Retreat and Playwrights Workshop Montreal/CEAD Gros Morne (Newfoundland) Residency.
In 2017, Meghan was one of 50 playwrights selected to have her work included in the inagural 50in50: Writing Black Women Into Existence, (curated by Dominique Morisseau) at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn.