Addena Sumter-Freitag - Award winning Author, Storyteller, and Performance Poet
She adapted her book, Stay Black & Die, into a 90-minute one-woman play, which she brought to stages across Canada and Australia including the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Women In View Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and the Montreal French Festival. In Montreal the play won a Frankie Award for Best Montreal Fringe Production which included a one-week production of Stay Black & Die at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre. The show ran for twenty-three days at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Adelaide, Australia.
Addena’s passion for writing, performance and supporting women to tell their own stories guided her work as the founder and Artistic Director of the woman’s Creative Northern Voices Theatre Collective in Yellowknife, N.W.T. Combining dance, drumming and storytelling, the collective performed the stories and histories of their mother’s and grandmothers leading to a choreopoem entitled, “Women Of Colours Voice: Sauti Ya Wanawake,” performed at “The 2nd International Healing The Spirit Worldwide Conference,” in Sydney, Australia.
Addena is passionate about collaborating with other Artists and groups. She has performed with Vancouver’s Wax Poetic, Pandoras Collective, SUM Gallery, and Vancouver Queer Arts Festival. For twenty years she had performed as a member of the World Poetry International Reading Series in Vancouver and is a frequent co-host and guest poet on the Vancouver Co-op Radio World Poetry Café show on CFRO 100.5 FM.
Currently, Addena is a member of The Victoria Writers Society and Federation of B.C. Writers.
Addena is available to contract for performances, readings, mixed media and Art collaborations, conference panelist, Black History Month events, classroom discussions on Racism and Anti Black Racism in Canada as well as writing and poetry workshops/ group discussions on “finding your voice writing your truth.
Please contact Addena to find out more.
Addena Sumter-Freitag in Performance
My Daddy Was A Porter
Addena Sumter-Freitag / Author
Stay Black & Die
Stay Black & Die is a story that reveals the real deal about growing up as a little black girl in the North End of Winnipeg in the 1950's and 60's. Growing up is difficult and confusing for the sweet and observant Penny as she struggles to find the strength to survive the cruelty of her family and the outside world. A story set in Canada, yet it echoes the experience of racialized minorities throughout the world. Funny, moving, unsettling and beautiful. The book grabs you up and doesn’t let you go until the end.
Back In The Days
“Back In the Days Wise, winking, woeful and wild, the words of Addena Sumter-Freitag lift off the page and sweep you with them into worlds hidden, forgotten, repressed, and denied. Sumter-Freitag brings her stories and poetry to life by fusing the poetically suggestive with the brutally honest and the brazenly humorous with the unspeakably tragic.”