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Trey Anthony

Award-Winning Playwright, Diversity Consultant & Women’s Wellness Expert

Trey is a renowned expert in the women leadership and diversity movement. A pioneer in the Canadian entertainment industry, Trey knows what it takes for women to be on top of their game. She also realizes the vast pressures women face to balance their demanding careers, family, health and well-being. Using humour and sharing her own personal, intimate stories, and life lessons, she intimately shares her personal experience of being a black, queer woman in a demanding industry and how she has skillfully, navigated this unique experience.  

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Super Woman dropped out of the sky
This presentation is an honest, candid and humourous talk on time management, leadership, and work life balance.  How does the every day working woman balances work, family, and their own mental health?  The talk is based on Anthony’s personal life experience as a business woman, over-achiever, and former workaholic!

Diversity training for Dummies! Basic 101 of diversity training
Have you put your foot in your mouth one to many times? You know your company needs some training on cultural diversity but you get lost in all the “politically correct” terminology. You want to do and say the right thing but you just don’t know where to start!  This workshop/presentation is for you! Trey will break it down in the most basic and simple terms on how to create a diverse work environment that fully supports an environment that will help your staff and company grow and be able to navigate sensitive and difficult conversation about race, class, gender, and sexuality.

What we have learned from our mothers–our biggest love and our biggest hurt
In this presentation Trey share’s insights on how she used her own personal herstory to empower thousands of women! How she used her personal life story, and turned it into a hit play and television show and now movie. How and why she created the hit theatrical productions, ‘da Kink in my hair and how black mothers say I love you. Trey speaks candidly about the act of forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation in our own family dynamics. She shares her own personal herstory of being a child of an immigrant, teenage mother growing up in Toronto Housing and discusses how she learnt to address the hurt, anger and regret in her own life, in order to thrive in her own personal life and work life. This presentation will promise to have you laughing, crying, and wanting to just call your mother!

Platform Plus

Workshop | Creative Writing

Have you had events in your life that have made you exclaim, “I need to write my life story!” Or do you have a family history so rich and wonderful that you want to write it all down! And let’s not forget about all the family drama! Here’s your chance to learn from an award-winning playwright. Here you will learn how to weave your personal stories into your new book, play, essay, blog, or how to just write for fun! This is a very intimate workshop and we dig deep. So come prepared to share, learn, cry and laugh.

Awards

2016
Brampton Arts Walk of Fame
2009
Black Business and Professional Association | Harry Jerome Award in the category of Arts, Media & Entertainment
Egale Canada | Queering Black History Award

2008
Gemini Award

  • Among the many trainers that I have brought in, none were as well received as Trey. She approaches anti-oppressive training with humour which in turn is thought provoking and engages the participant in self-managing reflection and change – She tackles a range of tough issues – race, age, gender, mental health, sexuality with intelligent humour. This approach breaks down barriers and engages people in their own development.

    - Mohawk College
  • Trey was fantastic!!!! I can't say enough about how much the entire Ascension community enjoyed her presentation. The kids related to her, learned from her and were inspired by her...so much so, that she had a hard time exiting the gym...the students didn't want to let her go!

    - Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Hilarious - Absolutely Amazing - Inspiring! We continue to get rave reviews from our colleagues about her!

    - Canada Revenue Agency and Statscan in Ottawa
  • Trey was amazing! She did an excellent job connecting with our audience. Thank you for this recommendation!

    - Trinity College School
  • Trey Anthony took the stage and commanded attention from everyone – including Mother Nature. This was when the real show began.

    - Manager, Events & Building Services, Western University

Summary Profile

Playwright, executive producer, actor, creator, and stand-up comedian Trey Anthony is known for the groundbreaking production ‘da Kink in My Hair. Trey has been in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years, and she debuted ‘da Kink in my Hair at the Toronto Fringe Festival. The play was later featured at the prestigious Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre, and has been seen in theatres in New York, San Diego and London, England. ‘da Kink in my Hair has won four NAACP Awards, and was named one of the top ten plays in Canada’s theatrical history!

Trey is a former television producer for the Women’s Television Network (now W) and a writer for the Comedy Network and CTV. She is the first Black Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network. She is also the Executive Producer of the Urban Women’s Comedy Festival, “da girl, sho is funny!” She co-wrote I Am Not a Dinner Mint, The Crap Women Swallow to Stay in a Relationship, which debuted in 2006 to sold-out audiences.

A mentor and role model, Trey regularly visits schools to inspire youth. She volunteers with the Black Queer Youth Group, speaking to students about body image and other issues facing female adolescents, and gives away free tickets to her shows to youth and women in shelters.