Drama Queens

Lakeshore Arts in partnership joined Jean Augustine Centre to provide female-identifying girls in grades 6-8  in a 6-week program called Drama Queens. The program will be facilitated by professional artists and will focus on four performing arts mediums: Dance, Music, Theatre, and Spoken Word. The young girls will explore contemporary popular and social forms of performing arts and will end in a final showcase developed by the youth and supported by the artists.

Program Details

Dates: Wednesdays – May 19 – June 25, 2021
Time: 4:00- 6:00 pm
Location: Via Zoom
Age: 10 – 14 years old (Grade 6-8)

Workshop Details

Week 1: Theatre and Spoken Word
Week 2: Theatre and Dance
Week 3: Spoken Word and Music
Week 4: Theatre and Dance
Week 5: Spoken Word and Music
Week 6: Film Performance(s)

For more information, please contact Rachel Reesor, Jean Augustine Programs Coordinator, via email at rachel@jeanaugustinecentre.ca or call 416-253-9797

Meet the Facilitators

Najla Nubyanluv

Najla Nubyanluv

Lead Facilitator (Theatre)

Najla Nubyanluv is a Black, queer multidisciplinary storyteller, actor, playwright, author, and doula. Her work focuses on possibilities for Black people and underserved communities through advocacy, dreaming and Afrofuturism. Najla loves laughing with her partner, action movies and spending time with the gyal dem.



Lead Facilitator (Dance)

As a story-teller and an artist, Ashima Suri is driven by the desire to share individual and collective stories in order to amplify voices that are often not heard. Ashima is an award-winning Established Dance Artist and the Artistic Director of Limitless Productions, a company that uses performance art and story-telling as a tool for social change.

Raha Javanfar

Raha Javanfar

Guest Facilitator (Music)

Born in Iran and raised in Toronto, Raha is a musician, lighting/projections designer, theatre performer, and educator. As a musician, she works as songwriter/composer, musical director, performer, and self-producer. She is the front-woman of award-nominated blues/R&B band, Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes.

Phenomenally P

Phenomenally P

Guest Facilitator (Spoken Word)

Phenomenal P is a Spoken Word Artist, Mental Health Advocate and a free thinker. Phenomenal P has a deep interest in Hip-Hop and has conducted workshops that utilize writing as an essential tool for creative expression and therapeutic release. Phenomenal P aims to use Hip-Hop as a bridge to shine a light on Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy within the community.

Program Partner

Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment

Founded in June 2014 in the Mimico region of Etobicoke ON, the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment is dedicated to empowering girls & young women between the ages of 7-17 years by offering programs focused on arts, life skills, academic success & leadership.

Jean Augustine is located at 101 Portland St. Etobicoke, ON M8Y 1B1. Contact them at 416-253-9797 or at info@jeanaugustinecentre.ca
Charitable No. 768621492RR0001

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Learn more about Jean Augustine by visiting: jeanaugustinecentre.ca

Program Funder

Drama Queens IS PROUDLY FUNDED BY The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation

Learn more about the Metcalf Foundation by visiting: metcalffoundation.com

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