Monday, April 23, 2018

Bird plays Hildegard: Anima Felix

News update:

Rita named ACTRA  Woman of the Year!
Press Release

Photographic Evidence II
   An extended version of Rex's play about Geraldine Moodie will be performed at the Hamilton Fringe Festival this summer. (July 19 - July 29) 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Summer of '17 Update

Rex has a 15 minute, one woman play in this site-specific theatrical event. "Photographic Evidence" is about a remarkable woman photographer, granddaughter of Susanna Moodie, one of the first to photograph portraits in the Canadian North West and High Arctic. Nicolle Wilson brings Geraldine Moodie to vivid life  in this Mixed Company production directed by Simon Malbogat.
Come and stroll along the Humber River in Toronto and see all six vignettes and find out about remarkable events and characters associated with the river. .

Rita --CBC Radio’s The Doc Project: a documentary about Rita has just been posted as part of a series featuring 15 black women:

Rita and Anthony --Crestwood Preparatory School Oral History Project: Our grade 10 friend Anthony Radford-Grant crafted an excellent historical video doc about Rita:

Rita--Canadian Race Relations Foundation: Check out Rita and others on the CRRF website:

 Rita --Lakehead University Orillia: At the June 10th. Convocation Rita had the great thrill of receiving the Honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters:

 Rita --ROM Trustee: Rita was appointed by Order in Council to the Royal Ontario Museum’s Board of Trustees in January 2017. 

Rex -- has received a commission to write the text for the new hymn to celebrate the 190'th anniversary of First Baptist Church, Halifax.(September 24, 2017) 

Friday, December 09, 2016


Time of Trouble 

An Opera in Two Acts

Composed by Elizabeth Raum, Libretto by Rex Deverell


Premieres December 15 and 16 , 2016

 Opera Nova Scotia will be presenting a fully staged production with chorus, instrumental ensemble, and star vocalists at the Dunn Theatre, Dalhousie Performing Arts Centre. 

Time of Trouble traces the history of The Sisters of Charity, Halifax from their arrival on a Halifax Pier, May 11, 1849, to the granting by Pope Leo XIII of autonomy from the Archbishop of Halifax.
Particular dramatic focus is setupon the contrasting attitudes to the sisters by the successive Archbishops of Halifax, Connolly and Hannan,and singles out the self sacrificing vision and fortitude of Mother Mary Francis in her pursuit of independence for her order.
As the opera ends we leave the sisters ready for new tasks of community service in education especially, leading to the establishing of Mount Saint Vincent University and in today’s global concerns for ecology and women’s dignity


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Learning Kit from Rita

Rita’s multi-media learning kit Women, Contemporary Aboriginal Issues, and Resistance (5 print pieces, rich visual arts, 83 minute dvd), first released in 2013, has just garnered much wider North American distribution through NFB Campus. Details  this link:

For those who are not subscribers to NFB Campus please go to the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice of Mount Saint Vincent University:

Monday, March 14, 2016

Rex and Rita Deverell News

Up Coming

Rita to take part in April CSARN conference. 

On April 18th, some 200 people will converge on Toronto Western Hospital for an inspiring day of workshops and discussions on what it means to be a senior artist. The day begins with a keynote address from Paul Hoffert - the founder of Canada's legendary band, Lighthouse - and ends with a panel discussion featuring Pachter; dancer and choreographer Peggy Baker; broadcaster and activist Rita Shelton Deverell; actor and singer Sheila McCarthy; and actor and producer R.H. Thomson. In between, participants will take part in breakout sessions covering a variety of topics, including A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Arthritis, Spirituality in Your Creative Life, Using Social Media, Stress Relief through Movement and Meditation, The Artist's Journey: Mapping Possibilities, and Protecting Your Intellectual Property.
There is still time to be part of it, but registration is already at 70% and some of the breakout sessions are close to capacity. The cost is $60, but as a member of the CSARN Community, you are entitled to a special rate of $20, which includes lunch. If you haven't received our discount code, respond to this email and ask for one. Or click here.
You can find out more about the conference here. Click here to go directly to the registration page.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

News from December, 2015

Mimico Public Library

This Fall, Mixed Company Theatre and  I (Rex) have been resident artists at the Mimico Public Library gathering stories and holding workshops. This week a delightful cast bring to life stories of the Toronto West Lakeshore.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time of Trouble Workshop Premiere

I'm in Halifax this week work shopping the new opera about the set-to between the Sisters of Charity and the Archbishop in the 1800's.. We had a dress rehearsal last night - the cast is terrific and Elizabeth Raum's music is great. The libretto hangs together so it is all good. I can't wait to see it in front of an audience now - tomorrow in Lunenburg and Saturday in Halifax.

Here's a link: