Tuesday, August 06, 2019

June and July have been a blast for Rita

We are grateful and thankful for the successful run of Who You Callin Black Eh? at the Toronto Fringe Festival July 4-14, and deeply honoured to have been awarded the Teen Jury Critics Prize (TeenJur).

Please check out this review of American Refugees: Turning to Canada for Freedom.

And this interview which aired July 4 on CBC TV Toronto, host Dwight Drummond:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018



Rita Deverell's Book "American Refugees" to be published.

American Refugees: Looking to Canada for Freedom 
is slated for publication in April of 2019 by University of Regina Press. 
 When it became clear that Donald Trump would become the new US president on election night in 2016, the website for Citizenship and Immigration Canada crashed. It was overwhelmed by Americans afraid that the United States would once again enter a period of intolerance and military aggression. In American Refugees, Rita Deverell shows that from the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad through to McCarthyism and Vietnam, Americans have fled to Canada in times of crisis. Many still flee. All have sought better lives, while helping to shape Canada into the country it is today.

It can be pre-ordered from Amazon. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Rex Deverell's


At the Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festival July 20-29, 2018

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: http://www.crrf-fcrr.ca/en/about/community/item/26468-deverell-rita-shelton

 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